I am a newbie to this mailing list but I have been searching for my roots for many years.
I have found one record of a ship with McColough's aboard from Warrenpoint a town some 80 km North of Dublin near Newry around 1808 leaving for Nova Scotia. The family records seem to say they went to Nova Scotia In small groups sometime between 1780 and 1810?
The Census records of Nova Scotia are excellent and the family have stated they come from Ireland,(no town or county). Folk law says we come from Armagh.
I have seen grave stones with the name McColough on a church in Dromore near Belfast.
While some of the family stayed in Nova Scotia and become successful farmers others migrated to America in the Massachusetts and Connecticut areas while others my direct line migrated from Nova Scotia to Melbourne, Australia, in 1852. As Australian shipping records were good at that time I can trace the journey and arrival accurately.
I have tried for DNA matching and searches of graves but have yet to find proof that the McColough's existed for any length of time in any part of Ireland or if they changed their name. It would seem on the surface they just disappeared no trace of them exists in Ireland at this time that is known.
If anyone can point me in the right direction regarding shipping from Warrenpoint, or the surname McColough or place of dwelling or any time line of events at that time that may lead me to further my research I would appreciate the gesture.
for more information on my family see w w w mccolough dot net