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From Townland to Metropolis: Patterns of Migration in the Hastings and McKitterick families: 1860–1910

by Familia Ulster Genealogical Review: No. 22, 2006


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by Paul Richmond

"A group of faded Edwardian sepia photographs, given to me by my grandmother, provided the first clues that my Hastings and McKitterick ancestors had left Ulster and migrated to England from where, after three decades, they finally set sail for Canada. One of the photographs, a card-mounted cabinet portrait, had been taken at a studio in Barrow-in-Furness (then in Lancashire but now in Cumbria) about 1905 and showed three generations of my ancestors, including my six-year-old great-grandmother Marguerite ‘Daisy’ Leary, her mother Elizabeth Leary, née Hastings, and Marguerite’s grandmother Elizabeth Hastings, née McKitterick."

This article, by Paul Richmond, explores the migration of his Hastings and McKitterick ancestors. The long process of migration through Ulster, England and Canada between 1860 and 1910 had left a rich trail of invaluable information about these once-townland-rooted families, which gives a much greater insight into their lives, backgrounds and aspirations.