From Ellen to Eileen

A tale of genealogical serendipity

Many of us have a particular ancestor who calls to us louder than others, one with whom we feel a special kinship. For me, this is one of my great-great-grandmothers, Ellen Nelligan. Perhaps it’s because my own grandmother — her granddaughter — told me tales of her life. Or maybe it’s because she anchors the bottom row…

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