About this Site

Moran brothers, c. 1892. Left to right: John Moran? (1854-1921); Alexander Michael Moran (1872-1932); and James Moran (1858-1899).

This website covers the family history of a number of interrelated Irish and French Canadian families in the Ottawa Valley area, including the Morans of Huntley township; the Laheys and Killeens of March township; the McGlades of Perth; the McCarthys of Kitley township; and the Derouins of Otter Lake.

It also offers tips and tricks for the pursuit of Irish and Canadian genealogy: how to trace your Irish ancestry through the use of Canadian sources; how to search the census records and census substitutes; how to decipher, translate, and interpret the Catholic parish records; and more.

Names, dates, places, and sources can be found in the related genealogy Database.

kindergarten photo

Kindergarten, St. John the Apostle School, Nepean, Ontario.

All information at this website is published to the best of my current knowledge, and is subject to ongoing revision. If you would like to suggest an addition or a correction, please leave a comment or email me at:

mcmoran at ottawavalleyirish dot com.

4 comments for “About

  1. 23 December 2012 at 1:33 pm

    I just saw a picture of my uncle, Wilfred Dontigny, on your web site for the first time. We did not have a lot of family photos. My dad was Edgar Philip, brother to Wilfred. I am 66 years old.. Thanks a lot..Best Regards, Philip Dontigny

  2. 29 December 2012 at 10:57 pm

    Hi Philip, Thanks for your comment. Your uncle was so young (only 27 years old) when he died (of TB). My dad seems to think he was a hockey player?

  3. Tom Dontigny
    31 January 2013 at 5:43 pm

    Didn’t know the detail but a friend of his Joe Barnes (deceased) used to speak of Wilf. There were 4 brothers Wilf, Gordon, Albert and my father Edgar. I am 64 years old a Phil’s brother.

  4. Ann Martin
    2 March 2013 at 7:43 am

    Good Morning,
    Like a number of other people on your site I to am looking for information on Owen Donnelly, born about 1768 in Forkill, Armagh, Ireland. He was our great, great, great grandfather. We know his wife, Catherine, made it to Canada, Lanark but are not sure what year but it was likely in the 1830′s when four of her adult children arrived. Catherine died, along with her daughter-in-law, and both were buried in St. John the Baptist Cemetery, Perth, on the 4th day of August 1847. Would love to have more information on the husband of Catherine, Owen or even communiate with relatives from this family.
    Thank you. anmartin1@rogers.com
    Thank you.

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