My Dad's side of the family both come from Ireland. My grandmother O'Riley, her family was involved in the sugar cane business, and my Great Grandfather used to sell to Al Capone in Chicago during prohibition. My Grandfather's name is George Hennagan Burns. My Great Great grandfather came from Ireland to Ellis Island for a better life, and his parent's had passed away. His uncle adopted him, and that is how we got the Burns last name. However, my Grandfather's middle name was Hennagan. After migrating my family moved to Chicago. My family had big families, and a strong Catholic faith. Both of them never missed a service/mass. At the time that my Great Great Grandparents migrated they were looking for a better life, and definitely weren't welcome to the U.S., like many people know. I always remind myself if it wasn't for my family's struggles, and huge value for family, I wouldn't be here. That is a huge reason everyone in my family including cousins, all have "strong" Irish names. 

Place(s): Chicago, Ireland

– Tessa Burns

Relationship:  Great-grandchild of im/migrant or more Great-grandchild of im/migrant or more