Whilst in Milo today, I got a lead in my genealogy research! Dad had dug out an old genealogy that had been given to my grandfather in 1995 from some distant cousins, as their research involved some of our ancestors. I got looking into it, and found that the linking family was the Dolans, the one I'm most interested in researching.
Michael Dolan (my father's name-sake) was born in Ireland in 1790. As the family story goes, he immigrated to Milo, Maine (of all places) during a potato famine. I've been trying to find records of him, where he came from, and his ancestors, but with no luck, as I was working off the dates of the potato famine. I had always been under the impression that his wife, Tamson, had come from Ireland with him. This was WRONG.
In the genealogy that Dad found, it had more information. Tamson's maiden name was Harding, and she was born in Prospect, Maine! This means I need to drastically adjust my time frame for his immigration. Their first kid was born around 1830, so he had to have come here sometime before that.
The roadblock in front of me now is the immigration records I need are on Ancestry.com. I think I need to finally give in and get a damn account. I just hate the idea of paying $20 a month for access to their crap. Think I'm finally seeing that if I want to be serious about this, I'm going to have to break down and get the account. It will help me by leaps and bounds, I know. I'm just stubborn.