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Re: Lynskey Web site
Posted by: Jerrold J. Lynskey Date: September 27, 2000 at 08:55:10
In Reply to: Re: Lynskey Web site by Leonard Tobin of 39

Len---Many thanks for your additional information of September 22, 2000.

You will find some Lynskeys located in Northern New Jersey, including Newark, where I was born. They are very likely cousins of mine or children of those cousins. My father and his siblings all migrated to Northern New Jersey during the 1930s from Southern Virginia, whereas his immediate cousins migrated to Northern Virginia around the same time. Tobacco farming was running its course and the Great Depression had begun.

Also for your information, during my 1983 trip to Ireland, including my visit to the old family property of my immeidate line in Athenry, I checked out the two telephone books of Southern Ireland (The Republic---not including the Northern Ireland area of Ulster). There were about 25 Lynskeys in the Dublin book and about 25 in the book covering the remainder of Southern Ireland. Given that the name, as spelled, is a direct line from an old Gaelic-Milesian tribe, I found it noteworthy that so few Lynskey names showed up in the telephone directories. Of course, this does not account for the female descendants whose married names would be otherwise, nor does it account for those Lynskeys who might not have telephones. I did, however, encounter quite a few native Irish throughout that trip in Connaught/Connemara who immediately told of knowing other native Lynskeys.

You should also be aware that a number of Lynskeys left Ireland for other parts of the U. S., Canada, and Australia, mostly during the Potato Famine period of the 1840s. I have encountered the name in the person of an Australian film actress, as well as a stage actress here in the U. S. There are also some found in Great Britain.

I shall keep looking.

Best regards. Jerrie Lynskey


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