New England Genealogy Pages of R.J. O’Hara

I shall enter on no encomium upon Massachusetts; she needs none. There she is. Behold her, and judge for yourselves. There is her history; the world knows it by heart. The past, at least, is secure. There is Boston and Concord and Lexington and Bunker Hill; and there they will remain forever.

—Daniel Webster

Welcome to my personal genealogy pages. Two main ancestral branches are represented here: a poorly-known Boston Irish branch going back through my father to the time of the Irish potato famine (surnames O’Hara, Nugent, Cross, Thomson, and others; Y-haplogroup R1b1a2), and a well-known Massachusetts Bay Puritan branch going back through my mother to the early 1600s and before (surnames Cogswell, Cummings, Fitch, Holden, Hosmer, Lakin, Longley, Parkhurst, Pratt, Rogers, Shattuck, Shedd, Woods, and many others, mostly in Middlesex County; mt-haplogroup K). No information about living individuals is included. Like most genealogy pages, these pages contain a good deal of fragmentary information drawn from sources of varying quality.

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