In 1922 Irish American Ramsey descendants from all over the northeast gathered for a family reunion in Flemington, New Jersey.
According to this newspaper article:
The reunion was the largest the family has yet held.
The attendees must have been stunned to learn, during a family history presentation given at the reunion, that their Ramsey family originated with the Egyptian pharaohs named Ramesses. Apparently their family historian thought that they were related because the pharaoh’s name, Ramesses, sounds like Ramsey.
Wow – I thought I’d heard of everything.
Just as Irish American genealogists quickly learn that not all Kellys are related and not all Moriartys are related, so too, it is not likely that the Ramsey family is related to Ramesses II – but…
There is a way to learn about who your ancestors and relatives are. Start digging in GenealogyBank’s Historical Newspaper Archives and begin documenting and recording your family history. If you have Irish ancestry, try searching our special Irish American newspaper archives first.
If the Luck of the Irish is with you, you just might be descended from the pharaohs.
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- Irish American Newspapers for Genealogy at GenealogyBank
- Irish American Genealogy & Family History Facts Infographic
- Irish American Passenger Lists in Old Newspapers