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The McGuckins of Desertmartin: Emigration from the Drapers’ Estate in Co. Londonderry

by Familia Ulster Genealogical Review: No. 08, 1992


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by John H. McGuckin, Jr

"Sooner or later, every Irish genealogist and family historian confronts the Great Famine and Emigration of the 1840s.

For many Irish-Americans, the migration of Irish men, women and children from famine, poverty and religious discrimination in Ireland to the greater freedom and promise of America is central to the 19th century history of our families.

Between 1845 and 1855, 1.5 million people left Ireland for the United States.' Many of those immigrants left few traces behind them in Ireland.

This article seeks to shed a little light on the reasons several families of McGuckins emigrated from the parish of Desertmartin in County "Derry" during "the Hungry Forties".

The emphasis here is not on their subsequent history in the United States, but rather on the reasons these McGuckins left Ulster."