WELCOME to the Fitzpatrick Home on the Internet. We are the descendants of generations of Fitzpatricks who have joined together to celebrate the name Fitzpatrick and all its variations. We connect Fitzpatricks everywhere and promote our rich and fascinating history, heritage, culture and traditions with Fitzpatricks around the world. Our community embraces all forms of the surname and includes Fitzpatrick, FitzPatrick, Fitz-Patrick, Fitz, Fitch, Mac Giolla Phádraig, Mac Gilla Pátraic, MacGillapatrick, McGillpatrick, McKilpatrick, Kilpatrick, KillPatrick, Kirkpatrick, McIlpatrick, McIlfatrick, McIlfatherick, McElfatrick, Patrick, Patchy, Parrican, Parogan, MacSéartha, McShera, Shera, Mac Ostigan, McOstigan, Ostigan, Costigan, and others.
The Fitzpatrick – Mac Giolla Phádraig Clan Society was founded in 1993 in Ireland by Ronan Fitzpatrick, Ph.D., to bring together understanding of the Fitzpatrick nation. By 1998, researchers from the US and UK had made contact and so began a far-reaching inclusion of Fitzpatricks from all over the world. Those early researchers have been the motivators and drivers for our growth as they freely share a rich knowledge of Fitzpatrick life, history, genealogy and DNA analysis for the benefit of all. And more, they were also joined by Fitzpatricks who still live on and tend the fields of their ancestors in their ancient kingdom of Ossory. We are continuously joined by Fitzpatricks searching for their own origins and our community has steadily grown to include people in Ireland, the United Kingdom, the United States, France, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Japan, the Netherlands and elsewhere. Our community is International, diverse and all inclusive, providing a dynamic mix of people and is a rich resource for all Fitzpatrick genealogy researchers. This has been our home on the Internet for many years and we communicate through a private, free to join mailing list, and through social media.
Since the year 2000 we have organised Fitzpatrick International Clan Gatherings, which are two-day events, in Ireland, where members gather to discuss their research, share experiences, visit the ancient sites of their Fitzpatrick ancestors, find new inspiration, and tell stories in the Irish tradition of the seanchaí. The Society has now held six successful International Gatherings in Ireland, in 2000, 2002, 2004 in Portlaoise, and 2007, 2010, and 2013 in Kilkenny and all have included a Gathering Banquet for attendees. The Seventh Gathering was recently held in August of 2018 in Portlaoise. These weekend events are enriching experiences for reconnecting with your old home in Ireland and have been a wonderful opportunity to meet with Fitzpatricks at home. Planning is in progress for organising local Regional Gatherings in the future.
Following the 2000 Gathering, the Fitzpatrick - Mac Giolla Phádraig Clan Society community initiated a Y-DNA study, led by world-renowned forensic genealogist Dr. Colleen Fitzpatrick. With now over 380 male participants, this Y-DNA study is one of the largest, oldest, and most important surname studies to date. All are welcome to participate in this ongoing project if they can find a male in their family willing to submit a sample. Our understanding of the different Fitzpatrick lineages has grown, and participants receive regular updates on the study, gain a better understanding of where in Ireland their Fitzpatrick ancestors originated, and sometimes find lost relatives.
Our historical researchers have searched out old manuscript sources which document who we are. Our genealogical researchers have rigorously identified descendants of Upper Ossory and other Fitzpatrick lineages and created family trees that will be the manuscript sources of the future. Our DNA analysts have helped some of us to identify common ancestors in our past and will contribute to the understanding of the Irish genetic profile in the future. This knowledge is all freely shared within our community.
Wherever you are, if you have a Fitzpatrick or any variation of the name in your genealogical history, you are one of us. If you don’t know who you are but are searching, you are one of us. If you are a researcher with an interest in things Fitzpatrick, you are one of us. And, most importantly, if you are the mother of a Fitzpatrick you are a very special one of us. Whatever your interest, you are very welcome. We invite you to explore these pages about this illustrious Clan, and join us in the efforts of our Society.