American Ancestors New England Historic Genealogical Society - Founded 1845 N.E. Historic Genealogical Society Seal View Your Shopping Cart Join NEHGS

Ask a Genealogist

RSS Feed

The Ancient Order of Hibernians

(Massachusetts) Permanent link
David Allen Lambert

David Allen Lambert
NEHGS Online Genealogist

Question: Can you tell me what the “AOOFH” organization was that my Patrick Callahan was a member when he died in 1892. While reviewing an obituary for this Watertown, Massachusetts ancestor I was surprised to find his affiliation with a group.


Answer: The abbreviation is the uncommon usage of A.O.H. (Ancient Order of Hibernians).  The fraternal order in the United States was started in 1836 in New York City in the old Five Points neighborhood.  The organization originally assisted Irish born immigrants in America.  It also helped fight religious discrimination for those immigrants, and to deter attacks against the Catholic Church in the middle of the 19th century.


The Hibernian Hall in Watertown still exists.  They can be reached at : Hibernian Hall – Watertown, 151 Watertown Street, Watertown, MA 02172, (617) 924-9541.

Posted by David Lambert at 02/08/2011 11:18:01 PM | 

New England Historic Genealogical Society
99 - 101 Newbury Street
Boston, Massachusetts 02116, USA

© 2010 - 2014 New England Historic Genealogical Society