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This is a genealogical site dealing with the Dowling family name, history and origins, research into the name Dowling (One-Name-Study) and other name-related information.

If you are a Dowling, Doolin, Doolan, Dooling or other variation this could be of interest to you.

If you are a Dowling tracing your roots anywhere in the world, please do make contact. If you tracing your ancestors from Laois in Ireland, and have done or are considering DNA tests, please let me know.

Thanks for dropping in.

Brian Thomas Dowling (1955 -)

The Dowling One-Name Study is registered with the Guild of One-Name Studies
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4th October

Circa 20000 years ago Eastern Mediterranean Upper Paleolithic (50,000 to 12,000 BP) Kebaran culture in the Levant: beginning of the Epipalaeolithic in the Levant
Circa 20000 years ago Canada Upper Paleolithic (50,000 to 12,000 BP) theorized earliest date of development of traditional Inuit skin clothing
  1789   France French Revolution (1789-1799) The Women's March on Versailles effectively terminates royal authority.
  1793   France French Revolution (1789-1799) Christianity is disestablished in France.
  1796   England   Spain declares war on England
  1813   United States of America War of 1812 The Army of the Northwest defeats a British and Native Canadian force threatening Detroit.
  1862   United States of America American Civil War (1861-1865) Battle of Hatchie Bridge, Tennessee; confederate forces avoid capture by Union army. Also the Union fleet occupies Galveston in Texas.
  1864   United States of America American Civil War (1861-1865) Battle of Allatoona, 1/3 of Union troops die repulsing South
  1892   United States of America   Doolin-Dalton Gang ends in shoot-out in Coffeville, Kansas bank holdup.  Look up 'Wild Bill' William Doolan by clicking 'Notable' button.
  1914   France World War 1 (1914-1918) An aircraft successfully destroys another aircraft with gunfire for the first time.
  1916   Belgium World War 1 (1914-1918) Battle of the Somme.   British explode the largest mines to date under German positions. Adolf Hitler is wounded in the left thigh by an exploding shell.
  1936   England   The Jarrow March against government created poverty and unemployment sets off from Northumberland for London.
  1943   Pacific World War 2 (1939-1945) Ninety-eight American POWs are executed by Japanese forces on Wake Island.
  1968   Ireland Troubles (1960-1998) A Northern Ireland Civil Rights Association march in Derry is violently suppressed by police.
  1974   England Troubles (1960-1998) Bombs planted by the Provisional Irish Republican Army in pubs in Guildford kill four British soldiers and one civilian.
  2020   India Covid-19 Pandemic (2019-Present)  India COVID-19 death toll passes 100,000, with 6.6 million known cases, 3rd highest death toll in the world behind the US and Brazil. WHO estimates 10% of world's population may have been infected with COVID-19, more than 20 times the number of confirmed cases



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O'Dowling's Country

Fearann ua n-Dunlaing shown in north Laois, Ireland. Similar to most old maps, 'North' is to the right.

The original territory of the family was at Fearann ua n-Dunlaing (O'Dowling's Country). This area covered along Western bank of the River Barrow. The O'Dowling's were one of the Seven Septs of Leix, significant families in the County once called Queen's County.

Click HERE for more on the origin of the Dowling name.

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Click for DNA explanation and one Dowling set of results. Please consider having your own DNA tested to improve the accuracy of Dowling and variations' origin results.

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Timeline Events

Timeline events are significant historical occurences that can be listed with our ancestor's details to reflect circumstances that they lived with and which may have affected their lives.

2020 will be a genealogically historic year. Many of us will lose members of our families during the current epidemic. There will be so many deaths that this year will feature for family historians as an important 'timeline' event!


31 Dec 2019 to 202? World Coronavirus Covid 19 pandemic kills over 6,000,000 (at 8 March 2022) people worldwide and exposes great strengths in healthcare personnel and political inadequacies amounting in many countries to criminal neglect and/or gross incompetence.


Genuine sympathy to the family of James Dowling who passed away in April 2020 as a result of coronavirus covid-19
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