Category Archives: Genealogy

Mary Buckley Proves Tom Hunter is a Relative

This is a recreation of an email that I sent to my father and sister a few nights ago. A few years back, I was caught up in the fever of being Irish-American. I found an unsung hero of the 1916 Easter Rising had really caught my attention, so I wrote a Wikipedia article about him.… Read the rest

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John Draddy, more

I’ve previously covered poor John Draddy, my 3rd great grandfather, who was killed in a construction explosion. What I see I am missing from this blog is that I sent off for the list of those buried in his grave with him.… Read the rest

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An Introduction to Genetic Genealogy

I did a presentation about DNA testing.

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Fwd: Atkinsons in Calvary Cemetery

OK, we aren’t at any genetic risk due to cousin kissing, but the family is tied up in a nice mess of a knot.

The mother that bailed out was Norah Heaney. She was the mother of Frances Loftus. Frances was pretty much raised by her aunts, including Maria Loftus-Atkinson.… Read the rest

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Fwd: Atkinsons in Calvary Cemetery

The long awaited burial record for Maria Loftus-Atkinson arrived today. I was hoping to get some of her siblings, but it doesn’t look that way.

Who she was: Ma and Pat’s mother’s father’s mother.

Why I was hoping for siblings: There is a weird kind of mixing going on with the Loftus family.… Read the rest

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More on Cooks Lane, Dublin

I’ve previously discussed Cooks Lane in Dublin, former home of my father’s father’s people. It is now under the Guinness Brewery.

A recent post from UCD is about maps built based on the Thom’s Street Directory, the telephone book of the day, caught my eye, so I looked for Cooks Lane on the most recent map available: 1898.… Read the rest

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Paddy Hannan’s Pub

I was actually in this place, for only a few minutes, in Dec 1989. Had I known then what I know now about my ancestors, I would have asked to speak to the owner! James Street is at the top of Watling Street in Dublin.… Read the rest

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MongoDB and Python in Data Visualization

This is an interesting web site discussing the use of Python and MongoDB in data visualization. I am getting very comfortable with Python and I have just started playing with MongoDB, so looking at examples of how I can start to generate data visualizations out of these tools is my next step.… Read the rest

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Reconnecting Lost Donohues

So, this is how I started my day today:

Email from Kieran

 

I have been working with Kieran for a couple of months now. I would like to say I played a larger role in his journey to discover his bio family, but he really did all the legwork.… Read the rest

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Flynns and Draddys and Donohues, Oh My!

In a follow up to this post and this post, I finally received the first of the grave records from Calvary Cemetery in Queens. This took just over two months, which seems a bit long, especially for the amount of “research” that went into this and the cost.… Read the rest

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