Charles M Carletta, Author

Charles M Carletta, Author

After twenty-two years of teaching at the University of Hawaii, Maui College, Charles M Carletta has devoted himself to family history research. Combining his expert knowledge of on-line sources and collaboration with others, he has successfully traced his ancestors and neighboring families to home parishes throughout Ireland and has enlarged their story with findings from a deep dive into local histories. He graduated from California State University in Sacramento with honors and completed his M.A. in Sociology at the University of California, Davis. Before joining the faculty at Maui College, he worked as a business systems analyst, programmer, and IT manager. Charles, who also goes by his nickname, Chuck, lives with his wife on the slopes of Haleakala in Kula, Maui.

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First book published November 2020 –

For the Grass of a Cow: Marion Tiernan’s Irish ancestors from County Meath to Saint Lawrence County, New York, 1820-1999.

For the Grass of a Cow is a successful presentation of the genealogy, emigration and settlement in America of Marion Tiernan’s ancestors and other families from County Meath. This book is a perfect amalgamation of historical and genealogical information worthy of readership. Mr. Carletta is not just a story teller; nor is his writing stylistically turgid. What stands out is his clear and concise writing, excellent organization, and scholarly presentation. The book delves deeply into the history of County Meath and Northeastern America, the reasons for emigration, and the conditions faced by the emigrants on their journey to Saint Lawrence County and in the wilderness where they settled. An excellent Index is provided for readers who may be researching their own Irish ancestry, and the book includes meticulous Endnotes that will be useful for other researchers. Equally important, Mr. Carletta augmented his on-line research with travel to Ireland and New York State to gather information from family research centers and the National Archives in Dublin. This title should be made available in every genealogical section of our public libraries. In addition, it will be a welcome volume in academic, professional, and personal libraries.” –Victor C. Pellegrino, Professor Emeritus, University of Hawai’i-Maui College; author of 15 books including two family genealogies, four books on writing, and contributing author for two books on Italian Americans.

Excellent family history. The book contains extensive, well-sourced information on the author’s heritage as well as details about the historical and sociopolitical context of early 19th century Irish immigration that bring the genealogical information to life. As a student of history, I value the thorough, comprehensive evaluation of available evidence, as opposed to a family history that merely collects and repeats old stories. Because this book presents a brief but detailed history of Co. Meath, from the Mesolithic through the modern period, and explores the various economic, religious and political factors that motivated the first wave of Catholic emigration from Ireland, it will be of interest to relatives of the author and the broader public alike. For the Grass of a Cow serves as a fine model that achieves a complete and interesting story by including carefully selected biographical material from neighboring families. –Timothy Leonard, PhD candidate, University of Michigan

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