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From: Dan Hogan <>
Subject: Re: [Irish in Chicago]
Date: Wed, 2 Mar 2005 16:40:20 -0800
One research method is called "clustering". Assume that these people
were all connected back in Ireland. Then the pattern says they would
immigrate in successive waves to some port depending where they
ultimately ended up. They then would "cluster" in places like NYC,
Boston, upper Hudson River area, Erie PA, St. Louis, Chicago. It is
also important to know some history of the US and what was going on at
the times these people immigrated. For example catholics were not
tolerated in many places in the US, so many went to Canada and to
catholic friendly cities like NY and St. Louis in the early 19th
century. If immigrants were headed to the midwest, they would get off
the boat in places like New Orleans and travel up-river, or Erie, PA
and head to the newly discovered oil fields of the mid 19th century.
If they immigrated to the east coast, they probably went overland in a
mostly straight line, or from places like NYC and Philli. they would go
up the Husdon to Irish enclaves of Troy, Albany, and Schenectady, NY.
Then overland to PA, IL, IA, MO, ect.
Mine west from NYC to Oil City, PA, to St. Louis, to Chicago.
On Wednesday, March 2, 2005, at 04:12 PM, KPW114 wrote:
> Not everyone went to Chicago or Boston of course the question is what
> direction would they go?
> Jim & Sharon Kavanagh wrote on 3/2/2005, 1:54 PM: