Book Reviews
"A journey of self-discovery, pride, wonder, and folklore, Finding My Irish is an inspirational tale especially recommended for anyone preparing to embark on their own search to discover their unique heritage."
Midwest Book Review

"The author traces her grandparents from Ireland to Connecticut, to the cowboy town of South Omaha in the late 1800s, and to turn-of-the-century Chicago, learning of ancestral lives firsthand, celebrating the joys, and sharing in their sorrows."
Boston Irish Reporter

"Chicago's Sharon Shea Bossard has attracted some nice international attention for her book, "Finding My Irish."
The Day Newspaper, New London, Connecticut

"This is an engaging read for anyone searching for their own roots and their own genealogical successes."
Family Chronicle

"Far from recounting a sterile search through records, the author has involved the reader in her quest through her descriptive powers and through the introduction of a range of diverse characters encountered ... a fascinating tale written with complete honesty ..." read more
Irish Emigrant Online (News for the Global Irish Community)

"This book chronicles the author's touching, at times surprising, search for her family roots. What emerges is not merely one family's never-ending quest to link the past with the present, but also an illuminating portrait of old Ireland."
Irish America Magazine, New York

"A very good read."
John Greene, Kerry Radio, County Kerry, Ireland

"Captivates and inspires. A nice change to get the American perspective."
Anthony Galvin, Inside Clare Magazine, County Clare, Ireland

Ireland of the Welcomes Magazine, Dublin, Ireland

"...reads like a 'whodunnit'. Really brings the texture and fabric of Ireland to life."
Dr. J. P. Sean Callan. author of Courage and Country

"Thoroughly enjoyable and highly recommended."
Frank West, Irish American News, Chicago, IL

"...well-written story...I enjoyed reading about the life and times of these Irish families."
Paul Milner, professional genealogist and lecturer, co-author of A Genealogist's Guide to Discovering Your English Ancestors

"An extraordinary family story, passionately written."
Illinois State Genealogical Society

A note of appreciation from Mary McAleese, President of Ireland.

The Newberry Library, Chicago, IL has added Finding My Irish to their collections on Irish history, genealogy and the history of immigration.

The Abraham Lincoln Research Library, Springfield, IL has added Finding My Irish to their collection.

O'Shea DNA Project Website -

Books available from:

Finding My Irish
publisher, Shea Publications,
Finding Your Irish Supplement publisher, Shea Publications,

Finding Your Chicago Irish (publisher, Lake Claremont Press,, and Chicago area bookstores.

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