Irish American Writers & Artists

March 19, 2012

Past-Forward: A three-decade and three-thousand-mile journey home

Filed under: Essay,Literature — by johnleemedia @ 8:52 pm
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Past-Forward, a non-fiction account of author Maureen K. Wlodarczyk’s thirty-year search for her grandmother’s Irish ancestral roots, is written in the form of a letter to Maureen’s grandmother Kate.  The book  tells both the story of the thirty-year search itself along with the discovered tale of Kate’s Irish ancestors from the late eighteenth century in the West of Ireland, to their emigration to America in the mid-nineteenth century fleeing the devastating potato famine and through the next eight decades in Jersey City, New Jersey as successive generations struggled to make their way despite hardship and tragedy.

The Genealogical Society of New Jersey reviewed Past-Forward saying  the book is “an excellent example of taking genealogy far beyond just names and dates….valuable to anyone who has an interest in the journey of seeking their ancestors.”

Maureen Wlodarczyk is an admitted and unrepentant history and genealogy addict, an antiques hunter and collector. She is an officer and genealogical researcher with the Flannery Clan organization based in Dublin, Ireland and is a member of  the Irish American Writers and Artists organization and the Genealogical Society of New Jersey.

Past-Forward, published by Outskirts Press, can be purchased on and


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