Early Origins of the MacGinnass family
County Down (Irish:An Dún) part of the Province of Ulster, in Northern Ireland, formerly known as county St Mirren, where they held a family seat from ancient times.
Early History of the MacGinnass family
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MacGinnass Spelling Variations
spelling variations of the surname MacGinnass are preserved in documents that were examined for evidence of the family's history. The various spellings of MacGinnass included Genis, Guinness, Magennis, Guinnessy, McGuinness and many more.
Early Notables of the MacGinnass family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the MacGinnass family to the New World and Oceana
The 19th century brought a massive reduction in Ireland's population. It seemed that during the Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s the Irish people had two options: starve or immigrate. Those that chose the later frequently headed for the United States, hopeful for land, work, and equality. Those determined for free land joined the migration west; while others stayed behind to live in urban centers and often work in factories. Still others began a transitory life in work camps, building the bridges, canals, railways, and highways so critical to the rapidly development of the growing industrial nation. Early passenger and immigration lists have shown many early immigrants bearing the name MacGinnass: John Guinnessy, who settled in New York in 1849; William Guinnes who settled in Barbados in 1663; Pat and Mary Guinnessy who settled in Quebec with their ten children in 1849..
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