This Website has been created by James R Lannin, Jr., though you can call me Jim. Since 2003, I have been researching my family genealogy. The progressive passing away of the prior generation has a stimulative value in support of seeking information about our ancestors, even those whom we ignored when they tried to tell us about our heritage. Fortunately, I remembered enough to begin a quest which enabled me to find 0ver 3,600 members of “all” branches of my family, as well as that of my wife. Unfortunately, a huge amount of information has been lost, due to inadequate record keeping in Ireland until some years after the onset of civil registration as well as the destruction by the IRA of centuries of Irish records in The Custom House, Dublin in 1921 and at The Four Courts in 1922’s Battle of Dublin. There has been too little information about
my our Irish ancestors.
Many researchers of Irish family history have been frustrated by not knowing where to look, less than easy access once they found where to look, a horde of local researchers anxious to incrementally profit as they slowly “discovered” more information, and the general lack of free dissemination of historical data in a way easily accessed by people both inside and outside of Ireland. Thankfully, this is changing. The governments in both the north and the South have developed excellent online resources which continue to evolve over time.
More and more privately maintained repositories of records data are available on the internet. Most importantly, genealogical researchers, both local and internationally based, have built websites to share the transcriptions of many records which have been pored over and copied down by many dedicated researchers. These are now gradually being spread through the international community of Irish Genealogy researchers. I have recently been told by a fellow West Cork researcher in Dublin, Patrick Crowley, that many records thought to have perished have been found to have other copies and are now becoming available.
The Lannin surname is quite uncommon, though a visit to our Lannin Links Page might lead one to think otherwise. I now know that the secret to our family connections is to connect the genealogies of the various Lannin families who left Ireland for the US, Canada, , England, Scotland, Wales, New Zealand, Australia, South Africa, Southern Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) and other places I have yet to discover. Another important tool lies in the field of Genetic Genealogy. That is why I started The Lannin DNA Project, which I administer in conjunction with Family Tree DNA. The more Lannin males who participate in this project, the more we will learn about our Lannin family ties. If our global extended family can connect through Lannin.org, I envision a future filled with cooperation and information sharing.