When I set out in 2006 to seriously delve into our family’s history, I had no idea it would continue to develop in such fascinating and ever-evolving ways. Notes, photo albums and scrapbooks stored for decades led to a series of questions and an urge to discover more about everyone represented. The journey seemed to become an uncanny communication with our ancestors, and in particular, with our great grand Aunt Josephine Agnes Maher (Josie), and our Maher grandmother, Alice Whalen, who seem to have left the most important early clues toward piecing our post-Ireland story together. Guidance has come in powerful and unexpected ways, and the layers of information continue to peel themselves back to reveal ever more. “When the student is ready the teacher will appear,” seems an apt explanation for the feeling that accompanies this quest. Simultaneous to the family history research has been a complete immersion into the history of Ireland. I continue to imagine our ancestors’ paths from specific places in Ireland to a specific one in Connecticut. Direct surnames in my family include Maher, Butler, Whalen/Phelan, Donovan, Ryan, Walsh, Martin, Sullivan, Murphy and O’Mahony, with many extended others.