• Aug28

    Recently I have been trying to get back to my research to both tie up loose ends and tighten up the documentation. My hope is that another go-through will help me notice some clues I may have missed in prior passes. In particular, I’d like to get my Irish half of the tree back a generation or 4.

    Egan Family, Creggan, Kings, IrelandEven though I’m only 2 or 3 generations removed from Ireland and even with some excellent cousin contacts in Ireland to help answer questions and discuss things with, those parts of my trees could use some real leafing up.

    Peeking at my family in the 1901 Irish census, I again noticed my 2x-great-grandmother living with them. She is 88 years old at the time and (unsurprisingly) is not there in the 1911 census. I realized I had never looked for her death certificate! I had been unsuccessful in finding her marriage earlier in time, so thought perhaps I’d get lucky and find her maiden name included.

    With a name like Mary Egan, finding the right record can easily be a daunting task. But, with some calculated searching of the Civil Registration Indexes in the correct parish I came up with a likely death record for her in 1902. I faxed in a request for a photocopy to GRO Ireland (only 4) using the free online Hellofax service, and Voila! I received the certificate via email within a week or so.

    It is definitely the correct death certificate, as it mentions the Townland and my great-grandfather as the informant. Sadly, no maiden name was included. (I didn’t really expect it as it would be atypical I think.)

    Mary Egan, Cause of Death Detail, 1902, Creggam, Ferbane, IrelandBut, her cause of death is startling: “Severe burns, 6 weeks, no medical attendant.”, and her death was registered about 5 weeks later than the event.

    Jeepers. I suppose open hearths and aged people are not a good mix. I wonder if anyone else has any interesting stories of having been surprised by how people have died?

    Is gaire cabhair Dé ná an doras.

    UPDATE: As usual, after I received this certificate I forwarded a copy to one of my cousins in Ireland who is a 1st cousin from my Dad’s generation. He recalled that when younger, his mother told him that the family’s thatched house burned down. So, once again – it pays to keep in touch with family AND talk to them about your findings!

    Death Certificate, Mary Egan, 1902, Creggan, Kings, Ireland

  • Mar30

    According to the Brief History of World War Two Advertising Campaigns War Loans and Bonds:

    On May 1, 1941, the first Series E U.S. Savings Bond was sold to President Franklin D. Roosevelt by Secretary of the Treasury Henry Morgenthau. On January 3, 1946, the last proceeds from the Victory Bond campaign were deposited to the Treasury. The War Finance Committees, in charge of the loan drives, sold a total of $185.7 billion of securities. This incredible mass selling achievement (for helping to finance the war) has not been matched, before or since. By the end of World War II, over 85 million Americans had invested in War Bonds, a number unmatched by any other country.

    There were eight War Loan drives in total –

    June 12, 1944 marked the beginning of the most ambitious war financing campaign. The $16 billion goal of the Fifth War Loan was the largest of the eight, but by its conclusion on July 8, 1944, $20.6 billion had been sold. It came at a critical time, as the tempo of war had increased dramatically. Production rates were hitting new peaks, while availability of goods was low and consumer earning rates were high. An estimated $42.7 worth of advertising was contributed towards the loan campaign, which served to thwart inflation as well as to finance the war.

    With such an ambitious goal and over $16.7 billion raised in the previous four ward bond drives, they must have realized they needed some serious tactics for getting people to pony up more money for the war.

    Reading through some Queens newspapers today, I happened upon an advertisement by a partnership of Gertz Department Store and Textron to sell war bonds with a decidedly unique slant: When you buy the bond, you can fill out a note directly to Hitler or Tojo and they’ll insure it gets shipped overseas and inserted in a live bomb!

    Now THERE’S some bang for your buck!

    Put Your Name on An Invasion Bomb Ad.21.JUN.1944.LI Daily Press.Page04

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  • Sep9

    This afternoon I was searching online for a reference to an event I helped run several years ago, hoping to see if I could find the name of a subject matter expert I’ve completely forgotten.

    FBI New York Metro Chapter InfraGard Meeting and Health Care Symposium While doing so, I ended up finding some old references to myself during a 12+ year period where I helped found and run a critical infrastructure security organization called InfraGard in New York. I thought, “Hmm, I should be saving these.”

    For quite a few years now I have pounded the pavement both figuratively and electronically searching for genealogical records to document our family history. But, you know what? I have not been a good archivist – Though I faithfully take several hundreds of family photos each year for our future family memory, I have almost completely forgotten to also keep track of our current professional and public lives in any structured and interesting way.

    I’m quite proud of the things I helped accomplish in that organization. And oddly enough, information on the Internet can have both a surprisingly long and a surprisingly ephemeral shelf life.

    While there may be some things in my online presence that may not reach that level of pride, there are other things that will certainly help give my great-grandkids a taste of now.

    (By the way, that’s a post-Hurricane Sandy tweet.)

    In the past, people snipped newspapers and pasted them into scrapbooks. I’m going to make an effort to go back and start some virtual scrapbooking and archiving so my descendents see that I was more than my <adjective> Twitter feed. (Which, of course, they’ll be able to find at the Library of Congress.)

    Now,  if you’ll excuse me, I have some college era photos to white out.

  • Jul3

    A quick post for today – and not a directly genealogical one, but a very useful one in my opinion.

    Whether genealogy-related or not, I’m sure you all have had a time when you needed to move a whole bunch of files from one place to another. Or, perhaps you wanted to move some files at some regular interval?

    Did you want to only move these files if they were newer? Or perhaps put them in a folder automagically named to include the date or other information? Then I have the tool for you!

    I have used this nifty little Replicator utility from Karenware.com for many years now, and it is terrific.

    Of course, one could write a command line batch file to do some of the functionality of the tool, and then set up a Windows (or Mac) task to run at certain times. But, have you used Windows task scheduler? Harumph. I’ve had to completely delete functioning tasks and recreate them from scratch at odd times after a previously functioning task decided to stop working.

    Or one could even drag and drop files and folders by hand between two windows – but what happens when the copy or move fails for some reason? Was it because of disk space, or you hit escape or cancel by mistake? Who knows?

    Karenware ReplicatorReplicator makes it all much easier and includes a graceful exit for problems with logging that will give you a clue to what happened. And it is free. Click here to visit that site for more information and to download the tool.

    Note: For whatever reason, there is a slightly newer version 3.6.9 available over on Cnet, although I am not sure what changes were made from the 3.6.8 version on Karenware.com.