Jim Gaffigan, Jane Lynch, James Grandmother discussed on Extreme Genes Family History Radio


Back with me on the phone from finding your roots on PBS and Dr Gates. What do we got coming up this week on the show? Well, this week's episode is entitled. No Irish need apply and are featured guests of Jim Gaffigan and Jane Lynch. Jane, of course, is famous actor and Jim of famous comedian and we reveal the challenges that they're Irish ancestors Faced in order to become Americans, Let's start with Jim Gaffigan. Jim grew up in the Midwest, and he had absolutely no idea that his maternal line story in America began in Maine, predating the influx of Irish people who came because of the potato famine of 18 45. Jim's mother's ancestors immigrated to America sometime early 18 hundreds. Most people don't know this that they were Irish people migrating before the potato famine. But after the potato famine began in 18 45, a huge wave of impoverished and unskilled Irish people immigrated to the states. Igniting, of course and anti iris fervor. And soon after Jim's ancestors, like many other Irish Americans in their community fled main for the American frontier. Jim's great great grandfather ended up in Fort Dodge, Iowa, where he eventually became a prominent businessman. And a pillar of the town now and Jim's father site, We found a long line of Irish American coal miners, and at the time there were no established union, so coal companies a sensory control their employees lives. Compelling them to live in company housing and chop it company on stores and by the mid 18 sixties situation to reach the boiling point. Miners were fighting their employers in each other in an effort to unionize, So Jim's family got tangled up in these politics. He was 74% Irish 24% English and Jim Gaffigan. Sedna cousin. Is Derek Jeter. Really? Yeah, because Derek's mom is white and of Irish descent, and there you go. All right. Second guess was the famous Jane that Lynch James Paternal grandmother, Mary Lynskey was born a poor farm girl in Ireland. She had absolutely no chance of ever inheriting her family's farm, so she opted to immigrate to America. But she's a teenager, and she made her way to Youngstown, Ohio, where she found a job as a maid. It's many Irish female immigrants did, where King and living in the home of an older Irish woman who was likely sympathetic to her play as a maid, not having to pay for room and board. Mary was able to save enough money to finance her brother John's journey to America. John then brought their younger sister Sarah, over. This is a classic example. Scott of what we call chain Migration. Yes, my grandmother did this Really? Yep. She came over and worked and brought over a brother and then brought over another brother, And then the three of them worked and brought over the whole rest of the family. And that's the way it's supposed to be, man. Yeah, but James grandmother did more than help her siblings. She took her savings book to Chicago and Mary James grandfather, a fellow Irish immigrant, then helped him to purchase the home. This home would become central to Mary's family for generations and generations. And James even visited it when she was a child and shared with us that her grandmother had come full circle in a sense, making your own hub for new Irish immigrants reading out the top two floors of this home to new arrivals, So she was like the Queen of chain migration. Yes. Jane's father side, We were able to go back to her second great grandfather, John Lynskey, born around 17 95 in Ireland on her mother's side, ready for this back to her seventh great grandfather's pair and spend both likely born in the mid to late 16 hundreds in tweeted, and she, too, as a Edna cousin, Mia Farrell. Oh, wow. He's Dr Henry Louis Gates. His show, of course, is finding your roots on Pete. Yes, it's on Wednesday nights. Check your local listings for times. Good to talk to you again. Skip, have a great.

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