From Marian's Desk

I hope all of you had a happy Christmas celebration with your family and friends. And I hope that the New Year brings you health and happiness.

This Winter/Spring issue of the Crowley Clan Newsletter marks the beginning of the 16th year of publication. The newsletter began in April of 1996 when Flor Crowley of Bandon was our Taoiseach, and we had just had a Crowley Clan Gathering in Dunmanway. We have been on-line since March 2003 when Tom Crowley of Ohio was Taoiseach and we were preparing for our gathering in Bantry. Through the years, the newsletter has recorded a lot of Crowley Clan history!

My goal for the newsletter when it began was to provide a means for the Crowleys and Crowley descendants around the world to stay in contact with one another. Originally, this was accomplished by good old snail mail. Today some readers still prefer to read a paper copy, but more and more people are reading the newsletter on-line at

Webmaster Jim Ritzert tells me that had over 36,000 hits just during 2010! That is a lot more readers than I could ever reach with a paper newsletter. How the world has changed in 16 years.

From the early years, there have been many Crowley researchers who have shared their work with the newsletter's readers. One of these is Carol Doran Barlow who has shared research she did with Family History Library microfilm. In 1999, Carol published a comprehensive history of her mother's family, Chronicles of the Smith-Crowleys of Ireland and Iowa County, Wisconsin. Now, this inexhaustible genealogist is working on her history of her father's Doran family. In her research, Carol came across that Gerald de Courcy, the 18th Baron of Kinsale, was married to a Crowley (Mary O'Croley). You will find this interesting article here.

Crowley genealogy and research is always a welcome addition to the Crowley Clan Newsletter. Have you delved into the history and background of your Crowley family? Do you have interesting stories or family legends about your ancestors' lives? Do you have photos of your ancestors, of their homes or farms? Would you like to share them with us?

This is the time of year for fresh starts and new beginnings. I'm sure there are lots of New Year's resolutions being made about family history. The resources on the internet continue to grow, but those "brick walls" are stubborn.

Do you have a favorite genealogy website that you would like to share with us? I like the Ireland Genealogy Project website, From the homepage you can access the archives for the counties. There are land records, church records, census records, and more, all donated by researchers. You can also subscribe to their email list to find out about new postings.

This newsletter is for all of you. Your ideas, comments, and postings are what keep us going.

Mise le meas,

The Crowley Clan Newsletter is
compiled by Marian Crowley Chamberlain