Category Archives: Genealogy
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
So, this is how I started my day today:
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
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