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Exploring the Horgan data

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Time for some reflections on my research. I've been looking at the data gathered so far and adding citations where previously missed. In order to look at missing fields and determine where I need further data I've been analysing one family at a time. Here's some facts for those of you with the Horgan surname. There are 97 people in my database who were born Horgan. earliest confirmed birth -  1828 Ballymacdonnell, Irelandmost recent birth  - 2004 South Australiamales - 47females - 50most common male names - Thomas x 9, John x 9most common female names - Mary x 8, Catherine x 5marriages - 46 known marriages 22/47 males, 24/50 femalesreligious orders - 2 males and 5 females joined religious ordersbirth places - Ireland 5, South Australia 89, Victoria 3living people - 32deceased - 65 most recent 2011 So now it's time to head back to the research to fill some holes in the data.

Horgan interactive chart

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Here is a 'who's who' of my father's line that I have investigated so far. I've been experimenting with an interactive chart. Hover over the names to find more information about a person or couple.



For those who are interested in the process I made the chart in PowerPoint, saved it as an image then added the interactive spots in ThingLink. The ThingLink file can be updated with additional information over time.

109 Days Later

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On Monday 26th July 1852, the barque "China" left Plymouth bound for South Australia with 184 adult and 122 child immigrants aboard. Amongst those were many Irish passengers who were leaving the horrors of the great famine behind them.

My widowed great-great-grandmother, Johanna Horgan (born Fitzgerald)1805 -1880, and her 3 children were aboard having already travelled from County Kerry to Plymouth. The assisted passenger lists name them as Thomas, John and David whom we will later come to know as Daniel. Their voyage of 109 days was not without its difficulties and deaths despite the fine weather recorded on their arrival at Port Adelaide.

The barque China, which arrived at the Lightship on Thursday night at 12 o'clock, experienced very fine weather during the passage not having had a heavy gale of wind since leaving Plymouth. There were no deaths among the adults, but among the young children there were ten deaths, nine of these being under two years old.1.

There were …