I am in the early stages of beginning a search for the story, and for the graves, of my great grandparents. My family has a relatively unusual story. My great grandparents left for the United States, from the county of Kerry in the Southwest of Ireland in the late 1800s. There were fleeing poverty and famine, like so many other millions did. Their names were John Patrick Ryan and Mary Garvey. They found their way to Chicago and began a life there and had three children, a son and two daughters. My grandparents were killed in some kind of accident when the children were all still young(and there are a few different stories as to how that happened.)
The three children were sent to different family members, apparently never to see each other again. One sister was sent to immigrant family in Dallas, one sister went to immigrant family in Australia and their son, my grandfather, was sent BACK to Ireland to be raised by aunts in Kerry. My grandfather's name was Sean Ryan and he was born in Chicago on August 14th, 1899. the family apparently lived on Archer Avenue, and the family mad have owned a pub.
So my grandfather, born in the United States, a US citizen, is now sent back to Ireland at age 6 or 7, and is now raised as an Irishman. A family that had set out to be a new American Immigrant family suddenly has a branch that returns to the original destiny-trajectory, and grows up as a Irishman, and has his own family now back in Ireland (during the Irish War of Independence). As his grandson, I was born and raised in Ireland but moved to the US permanently a few years ago. I would love to to find out more of this history. My great-grandparents graves must be somewhere in the Chicago area now and I would love to find their graves at some point.
If anyone on this forum has any idea about how best to proceed, I would be grateful.