In this post, we want to announce several new resources that have been made available to project members to help you research your Ryan ancestry, in particular a new family tree on Ancestry and the Extensive Lineage Project.
We have an array of resources that are focussed specifically on this particular goal and below is a summary of seven of the most important ones. We start with the most recent initiatives - hopefully these will help many of you make new connections to your Ryan heritage.
Many people have published their Ryan ancestral lines on our Post Your Pedigree page and this is a very useful resource that can be used by any member of the general public - simply by searching the page (Ctrl+F on PC, or Cmd+F on Mac) for your earliest known Ryan ancestor, you may find distant cousins there who have already taken a DNA test.
- O'Mulryans of Annagh
- O’Mulryans of Solohead
- the Ryans of Ballymackeogh
- the Ryans of Inch
- the Ryans of Scarteen
Linked to the new family tree on Ancestry is the Extensive Lineage Project. One way that DNA can help you push back your own Ryan ancestral line is to connect you genetically with people who have extensive lineages that go back much further than the usual Irish family tree (which typically runs dry around the 1800-1830 timepoint).
The Ryan Genealogy & DNA Forum was launched on Facebook in Jan 2018 and now boasts over 1400 members. This is a hugely popular group and new members are joining every day. It is a great place to ask genealogical questions, share information and find Ryan DNA matches. Many people have made connections with distant cousins in this way and have received information that they might not otherwise have discovered.