Dr. Michael McManus is very knowledgeable about the Irish in Durham County, England, as he has done extensive research and authored several books regarding this and related subjects, including "From Townland to Township: The Complex Evolution of a Dissipative Famine Irish Community in County Durham" (2004) . Many of the Irish who came to Durham in the midst of the Irish Famine were from County Roscommon, Ireland. This is his website... you can contact him through a link there, and read some very interesting articles online:
As for my own research, my Martin/Kilmartin/Gilmartin relatives appear to be from the northern County Roscommon and County Leitrim border area. My people (Martin/Kilmartin/Gilmartin, Duignan, McNally, Bohan, etc.) emigrated to East Lothian County, Scotland, around 1850. Many of the Martin and McNally families came to Detroit, Michigan USA... in the mid-1880's, and later around 1913.
Best of luck in your research,
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