Gahagans Families (and all Surname Variations) Traveling from Liverpool, Lancashire England to the Port of New York, U.S.A. Documented in Ship Passenger and Port Arrival Lists

A large percentage of the Irish that emigrated from the Connaught areas of Mayo, Roscommon, Galway, Sligo and Leitrim departed from the Liverpool Port in Lancashire, England. The ship passenger lists are an important part of our genealogical research-the link that "gets us across the pond" from America to Europe. It is perhaps the biggest gap in my own genealogical research that I have yet to find my Brennan and Corcoran Ancestors in the "Famine Ship" passenger lists and I have no idea if any of my Coffee or Gahagan ancestors immigrated to the United States. Although the Gahagan surname (and variations) is not among the top 25 most common surnames in Ireland like my Brennan surname, it is never the less, still a daunting task! has an incredible database of Irish passenger lists and there are an assortment of other online sites and books that provide passenger manifests to fill in the gap if you are unable to find them in's collection. Keep in mind that I am only documenting the Gahagan, Geoghegan, Gaughan and Goaghans that I identify in these records. They may be traveling with friends, cousins or even family listed by maiden name that I have no way of knowing they are connected to that may help you confirm your ancestral connection. If you feel that you have found your family in this compilation I would suggest you check out the actual database to scrutinize the passengers on the manifest in greater detail as they sometimes list baggage, deaths at sea and other information.

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