Monday, March 24, 2014

Wexford Savannah Axis

Last week, the Irish news website, The, had an interesting story about a new historical collaboration between societies and colleges in Wexford, Ireland and Savannah, Georgia (Waterford Institute of Technology, Irish Emigrant Experience Centre in Wexford, Georgia Historical Society, and Center for Irish Research and Teaching at Georgia Southern University). Named the Wexford-Savannah Axis, the project aims to “reveal many stories linking Wexford and Ireland’s ‘sunny southeast’ with Savannah.”[1]

Throughout the 19th century, a large number of Wexfordians left Ireland for Savannah, GA. The Graves Shipping Company was based in New Ross, Co. Wexford and they opened an office in Savannah. This led to many Wexford natives settling in the southern city.


A project such as this has obvious benefits to genealogists. An advertisement for the project outlines that “much migration research focuses on what happens once settlers arrive in the new country, but our Wexford-Savannah Axis initiative explores matters holistically.”[2] Therefore, it is hoped that an analysis of these migrants will include genealogical and biographical research to link them back to their townlands of birth in Ireland. This is definitely a project to keep tabs on.

Watch out for the next blog post, where I will discuss one resource that they will almost certainly use, and how it can be of benefit when looking for the place of origin in Ireland.

[1] Author Unknown. Wexford Savannah Axis (Project Advertisement). 2014. Available online at accessed 22 March 2014.
[2] Ibid.

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