As of today May 30th 2016, there are 579 returns for 'Brennan' online from the Boston Pilot Newspaper. The Boston Pilot was founded in 1829 by the Roman Catholic Bishop Benedict J. Fenwick. After many name changes it became The Boston Pilot in 1836 and simply The Pilot in 1858. The Pilot ran a column called Missing Friends from 1831-1921. This column is credited with increasing the circulation of the newspaper far beyond it's local area, with readers throughout America and also in Ireland and Australia. This source is of great interest to anyone with Irish ancestry since many of the records include townland and or parish names which can provide a bridge between Irish American families and their place of origin in Ireland.This online project is based on The Search for Missing Friends: Irish Immigrant Advertisements Placed in the Boston Pilot (New England Historic Genealogical Society, Boston, 1989-1993), edited by Ruth-Ann M. Harris, Donald M. Jacobs, Dominique M. Pickett, and B. Emer O’Keeffe.
For example, in 1854, John Brennan placed a 'Missing Person' advertisement in the Boston Pilot. He was searching for his brother Luke Brennan, Parish of Cloontuskert, Co. Roscommon. Luke Brennan arrived in the States in 1839. The contact address is Newport, Rhode Island. The contact name is James Maine. On the same date John Brennan was also searching for his brother Patrick Brennan with the same arrival date as Luke.
Another example is Julia Moriarty who placed an advert in 1866, seeking her father Denis Breanen who had worked for many years in Indiana. Denis was originally from the townland of Dreenaulive in the Parish of Kilcrohane and the Poor Law Union of Cahersiveen, Co. Kerry. It can be useful to say the name of the townland aloud and make a note of other possible phonetic spellings of the name as you will find a range of spellings for Irish placenames. Another research options is a search of the U.S. Federal Census for either the missing person or the seeker or the contact person named on each advert.
Source The Boston Pilot _
I'm a Brennan with clear roots in Clawinch Island, Co. Longford (on the Shannon) Brennan Family Clawinch, Co. Longford and possibly in Kilteevan, Co. Roscommon. As a child my father's people told me that our family came from Kilkenny originally and that Cromwell threw us out. This story has intrigued me all my life and of late I have begun to collect information about Brennans the world over. If you have Brennans in your family, you are cordially invited to join me and maybe we will get to the root of this family story, or maybe not...