About me

I will live in Kanata, Ontario, as of 21 August 2020

My 35-year career in education was exceptionally rewarding and for the past 20 years, I have been involved in a wide variety of community activities. As you can see from this website, one of my interests is genealogy and this interest has led me to correspond with family members from our various families from across the world.

Please e-mail me if you have any suggestions, corrections or additions.

9 thoughts on “About me

  1. I would like to purchase 2 copies of the book From Fermanagh to Fitzroy & Beyond. Please ship to the address below along with an invoice. If you require pre-payment, please contact me. Thank you. Jo-Ann O’Brien Ottawa Public Library

  2. Hi my Great Grandmother was RoseHannah Lunny who was the daughter of Philip Lunny who was a schoolmaster at Mullynaghmaddy in Cleenish Fermanagh. My GGrandparents emigrated to Preston Lancashire England about 1850 and Rose Married Bernard Cox in Preston in 1858 he was also probably from Femanagh and had come over with his parents and syblings in 1851 Rose had a brother Philip Lunny who emigrated to New YOrk in the 1860’s and lived in new Jersey with his wife Margaret Cummings and several children his name was spelled Lunney in the American census.At least one of his daughters Anne was a schoolteacher in New Jersey,she had a brother James and sisters Ella Margaret,Mary and two other siblings not identified.I can find no marriages but I know that Anne lived at least until the Late 1850’s and they came over to England in 1908. Unfortunatly Rose died a month before they landed.My question is any connection?

  3. I don’t have them in my tree but because of lost and destroyed records in Fermanagh, we haven’t been able to connect Al’s family with the other Lunneys there. His oldest ancestors are Patrick Lunney and Rose Reilly from Fermanagh. Their sons, Edward & Hugh, came to Fitzroy Township, Ontario, in 1830. We have been there, walked through cemeteries and searched the best we can but without any luck. James’ family is there since they never left Ireland but he can’t name anyone past his g grandparents.

    As for the spelling, James Lunney from Dublin, formerly from Fermanagh, tells us that it depended who was in power at the time- RC or C of Ireland. Lunney is RC and Lunny is Protestant according to him.

    Al has participated in FTDNA studies but only for the male line. Would any male in your family be willing to do this? We now have James Lunney, Dublin, and Joe Carroll, Minnesota, who have participated. If you are interested, I’ll put you in touch with Joe who has been coordinating this for our family. Al has had 3 different tests.
    Hope to hear from you again. We keep hoping for connections!

  4. Lunny and lunny are two seperate septs or tribes lunny based mainly in Fermanagh and Lunney in Tyrone

  5. Thanks for all the invaluable information. My Great grandfather was Leo Pete McGillen, I was looking for information on his parents and stumbled onto your site. The photos you have are fantastic. I’ll have to speak to Maureen about all of this the next time I see her. Thanks for sharing all of your info online.

  6. Great grandson of James Joseph Gorman and Margaret Ellen O’Brien daughter of the Heffernans on your PDF. Grandson of Austin Gorman and Sybil Hill. Son of Edward Gorman and Marjorie Armstrong. I have a picture of Margaret Ellen I can email

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