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Corrigan & variants

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A Y-DNA test can indicate whether or not two men share a recent male-line ancestor.

We are seeking male Corrigan, Carrigan, Currigan and variants worldwide.   All variant spellings are accepted.
(Kerrigan is of a separate origin, but will be included as it is often used interchangeably with Corrigan and Carrigan)
Y-chromosome DNA is passed down from father to son for many generations, with very little mutation. The mutations themselves can help indicate branching off of family lines.
Along with traditional genealogy, Y-DNA testing within a surname project can give us firm evidence for identifying and separating family lines.
Which line does your family connect with?

Y-DNA results and groupings can bee seen at;  Y-DNA Results.
Submitted pedigrees can be seen at;  About this Group > Results.

Donations for specific research areas If any member wants to encourage people with known roots in their ancestors region to order a kit please make a donation to our General Fund.

Demolishing those Brickwalls All family genealogists will hit the 'brickwall' sooner or later. Many researchers suspect other lines, with the same or similar surnames, could be connected to their tree. Unfortunately there is often no documentary evidence available to prove it. This project will hopefully provide an opportunity to remove some of these 'brickwalls'.

Joining of existing family trees If you suspect you are related to another family group then why not use Y-DNA testing to prove it. All it takes is 2 tests, one Corrigan male from each line, to find out if you have a Y-DNA match. You may prove connections not only to the obvious groups but to others from around the world.

Spreading the cost If you are concerned about the cost then please consider that you can spread it between your family group. For example, if you have a proven family tree then only one direct descendant male needs to submit a sample. So every member within a group could share the costs.

O'Corragáin Surname Origins;
O'Corragáin (in Gaelic), the sept belongs primarily to Fermanagh being of the same stock as the Maguires.
Corrigans - the prefix O is seldom used - are still in that part of Ulster, but the name to-day is very scattered, being found in most counties, except in Munster.
This was already the case in the sixteenth century when it appears in localities as far apart as Offaly, Roscommon, Meath and Monaghan.
In the 1659 census Corrigan and O'Corrigan are among the more numerous Irish names in Offaly, Longford, and Fermanagh.
The place called Ballycorrigan near Nenagh in Tipperary, indicates that a leading family of Corrigan was seated there not later than the middle of the seventeenth century.
The majority of the references to O'Corrigáin/Corrigan in the Four Masters are to abbots and other ecclesiastics in Co. Fermanagh.

"(0) Corrigan O Corragdin. Akin to the Maguires, originally, of Fermanagh, now scattered.
Ballycorrigan, for example, is in Co. Tipperary, though possibly this place name may not be derived from the surname.
As Currigan and Courigan, it is now found in east Connacht, and as Carrocan in Co. Clare." (p. 60

Kerrigan is also being looked at,  Kerrigan has often been confused with Carrigan and Corrigan, especially in the new worlds the Irish migrated to, USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand etc..  
Corrigan occurred in the Westport area of Co. Mayo as a synonym of Kerrigan; and Carrigan is interchangeable with Kerrigan in Co. Fermanagh.
Carrigan is etymologically a variant of Corrigan not of Kerrigan.

This project is administered by myself,  F James, as a volunteer. Genealogy is my hobby.
I receive no payment, I do not work for, nor am I associated with Family Tree DNA in anyway, apart from being a paying customer, like any other participant of a project.