Much of the joy of writing Galway Bay came from the amazing stories and facts I discovered through more than 30 years of reading texts of all kinds in libraries big and small. I found wonderful local histories, typed lovingly in manuscript form, in local libraries in Ireland and in collections of papers such as those in the Chicago History Museum.
This research forms the foundation of Galway Bay. And now with the advent of the Internet these institutions are accessible online, though I found great inspiration in visiting them and actually touching history.
Libraries and Special Collections:
Ballinasloe Library (Co. Galway, Ireland)
Chicago History Museum
Galway County Library (Ireland)
City University Graduate Center Library
National Library of Ireland
Newberry Library (Chicago)
New York Public Library
Quinnipiac Great Hunger Library – Lender Family Special Collection Room
Chicago Public Library-Harold Washington Branch, Special Collections Division
Columbia University Library
University College Dublin – Folklore Collection
University College Galway – Folklore Collection
U.S. Library of Congress
U.S. National Archives
When I began my research I worked with microfilm and handwritten records. Of course now the Internet offers incredible access. Here are a few popular websites in the US which can help trace your ancestors.
The Statue of Liberty - Ellis Island Foundation
Chicago Irish History
Ireland has done an amazing job of computerizing their genealogical records. Here’s a way to connect to the
County Genealogical Centers.
Tourism Ireland has a helpful guide called Tracing Your Ancestors in Ireland. Visit their website Tourism Ireland for more information.
The Great Starvation is commemorated in inspiring ways at many places now. Among those I have visited:
The Irish Hunger Memorial Battery Park City, New York
The Irish Memorial Penn’s Landing, Philadelphia
Irish Famine Museum Strokestown Park, Co, Roscommon, Ireland
Grosse Ile and the Irish Memorial Historic Site of Canada