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  • Where’s my Irish tree?

    Posted by Sandra Ortiz-Lopeman on July 21, 2021 at 10:06 am

    I am Irish on my Mother’s side. Somewhere (she said) our Irish descendants could be found from her maternal great-grandmother’s family. They’re all Mayan Indian, surnames include Zavala, Lopez, Gomez, Flores all the way back to Montalvo in the 1770’s.

    I know the Irish/Catholics fled to Latin Countries to avoid persecution because of their faith, but were there records of them? Work records, marriage, baptisms? Or were they afraid and hid? Did they change their names? I wonder. Through the generations my family has had Maya names, Mexican names, American names I bet we had Irish names intertwined somewhere in there too!

    We have the DNA proof, I just wish I had the records and people to match it to.

    Thank you.🍀

    Ruben Arias replied 4 months, 3 weeks ago 6 Members · 7 Replies
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  • Moises Garza

    July 22, 2021 at 9:52 am

    Same thing here, I have some Irish but have yet to find any proof. Sometimes I wonder if it was a non paternal event that was never recorded. My dad also, ahs 10% English and I have found none in documents.

    • Sandra Ortiz-Lopeman

      July 24, 2021 at 9:58 am

      Darn, I really wanted to find a name before our family travels to Ireland. My husband’s father is Irish and his mother is English, I wanted to add my Irish tree for my kids as well.

    • Ruben Arias

      December 2, 2023 at 12:27 pm

      On my maternal side I do have Irish ancestors but they must have originated from Scotland, no dna results show for Ireland. My ancestry dna does show Scotland on my mother’s side. My father tested and he has 2% Irish DNA. Most of his DNA is Indigenous Americas-Mexico 38%, Spain 24%, Basque 10%, Portugal 10%, Italy 4%, Sengal 3%, Northern Africa and Arabian Peninsula 1%, Eastern Europe & Russia 1%. That said I have never heard anyone on my dad’s side mention Irish roots. Ruben

  • Angela Sanchez Lannen

    September 5, 2022 at 1:03 pm

    Our family knew that our grandfather’s family originated from Galicia. That is where our Irish/Gaelic DNA came from. Galicia is in the northwest corner of Spain, due south of Ireland. They even play bagpipes in that state. So you might look to see if you have roots there.

    • Sandra Ortiz-Lopeman

      September 5, 2022 at 4:32 pm

      Ahhh Thank you Angela! I did not know that. Interesting!

  • Rhonda Cano Long

    March 7, 2023 at 10:33 am

    Same here. My father and I both started out with Scandinavian, then Ancestry changed it to to Scottish and now it is Irish. I actually show quite a bit of 5-8th cousins from the Scandinavian countries with a few Scottish and Irish sprinkled in. Not a clue to where it came from.

  • Bob Hernandez

    March 20, 2023 at 1:29 pm

    I have not done 23&me nor Ancestry DNA. But I did do FamilyTreeDNA years ago (Y DNA test). My haplogroup appears to be centered in the Basque Country, but interestingly enough, my 12-marker matches (and some 25-marker matches) are primarily people with English or Welsh ancestors, and if they didn’t list an ancestral origin, the last names appear to be of the British and Irish varieties. Of course Y DNA tests would show a common ancestor from a thousand years ago or more.

    Separately, my own 2G grandfather immigrated to Mexico from Scotland around the 1840’s, along with at least two other Scottish mates. They were trained in the textile industry in Paisley and worked in textile mills in Xalapa, Mexico City and then in Tala, Jalisco. All this I found out by locating his marriage dispensation record (Guadalajara). Why some Scottish folks showed up in Mexico was a mystery to me. (My 2G grandparents eventually moved to Mapimi, Durango to again work in a textile mill as the cotton industry became important in that region, about 1850.)

    Recently, I found out that there was a group of Cornish miners enticed by mining companies to work in Mexico after the War of Independence (, with a large group settling in the state of Hidalgo. I can’t help but wonder if Mexican textile companies also advertised “offshore” to import trained workers.

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