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  • Jun21

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    While Mr. Taylor’s demise is not a humorous event, the implication of the headline does have its mirth.

    Genealogy Expert Leaves No Record of Relatives

    Special to THE NEW,YORK TIMES. (1939, Dec 22). George A. Taylor, 63; expert on genealogy. New York Times (1923-Current File), pp. 19-19.

  • Jan13

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    Looking for Julia Connors' murderer, Police posted messages at a movie house in 1912While helping a friend find some records for her family, I learned of the terrible murder of Julia Connors in the Bronx in 1912.

    The horrific story was one that not only took over the New York area, but from the large number of newspaper reports found over at Chronicling America in 1912, it spread across the country.

    I do not wish to go into the details of the murder, and while it didn’t need any additional outrage to remain in the public’s eye, the case was fueled on by the facts that a local girl lied to the police about witnessing her that day and also by the subsequent suicide of her murderer.

    But, one thing I found intriguing was the piece of reporting at right, taken from The Evening World, July 9, 1912 edition.

    In the center of the long and detailed article, they reported: Read More | Comments

  • Jan6

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    From the Boston Transcript

    We are glad to note that so many societies and orders of to-day are searching historical genealogy, not to find that the average American’s veins contain a minute drop of royal or noble blood transmitted from England, but in the spirit of preserving the memory of the great though humbly worked out deeds of our ancestors in the gloomy obscurities of the colonies in their forest-shadowed days. Pride in descent from men of the type of our early colonists is, we hold, entirely consistent with our democratic institutions. They were the pioneer Americans, men who under great discouragement and with vast labor planted strong and deep the foundations of the commonwealth. It is worth while to make this fact plan to our present population. There were great men before Agammemnon and there was a powerful country here built up by men of the Anglo-Saxon race before the great immigration movement of fifty years ago began.

    New York Times, Mar 15, 1896, Page 5.

  • Dec7


    On my two hour round trip commute each day, I often take a few mental minutes to go over my research and think about things I might have missed or alternate ways of obtaining information. I also think about birds. and Fudge Town cookies.

    Whatever happened to those? sigh. *Ahem.*

    Well, on Monday it occurred to me that after receiving my great-grandmother Annie McDonald Tierney’s death certificate from the NYC Municipal archives, I had never looked into the possibility that there may be records left from the undertaker who took care of her.

    That thought led me to yet another research coincidence – although it is more of a “Hmm, that’s odd” than “Wahoo! Found more useful info!”

    Last year I had looked up the undertaker on my great-grandfather’s certificate and it looked like the company was still in business. Unfortunately they did not respond to my message via their web site, so I need to trek over there and talk with a live person. (Because at a funeral home, talking to the other people doesn’t help much.)

    Undertaker crop from GGM Annie Tierney's Death CertificateSo, a quick look at GGM Annie’s certificate told me that the undertaker was one Joseph M. Mulligan of 617 East 138th Street. Read More | Comments

  • Oct18

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    I still have several posts sitting in my “to publish” queue that were to begin my blog by defining the intent of my search and then meandering through the last several months of work chronologically. But, it has become quite apparent that I need to relax my editorial rigor mortis and step well out of my tent.

    NBC Newsletter - WWI

    NBC Comforts Committee of the Navy League during WWI. May Egan is in the middle row, 2nd from right. (Click any image to view larger.)

    To get things moving, here is some initial information I’ve found when researching the Comforts Committee of the Navy League.

    My reason for looking into this organization is the image at left, which is a portion of a National Biscuit Company newsletter my grandmother, May Egan, saved from her time working there in the 1910s.

    In addition to working on this committee, she also met her future husband, John Tierney there. (Hmm, that name sounds familiar.) The caption on the photo is:

    “This group of girls employed in the Egg and Fruit Departments of Tenth Avenue Factory, New York, are proud of the fact – and justly so – that they have become an organized unit (No. 128) of the Comforts Committee of the Navy League. They have been appointed to fit out the men of one of Uncle Sam’s submarines with sleeveless jackets, mufflers and wristlets. The picture shows a complete set made by the girls.”

    NBC Newsletter - WWI

    Knit a Bit Poster on Flickr.

    The NBC building they worked in is still around and when refurbished as the Chelsea Market the architects kept quite a bit of the original building in place, which is very interesting to see.

    In fact, the upper floors contain standard office space and several months ago, before I realized that my grandparents had worked there, I had reason to attend a meeting in the building and found it fun to walk through.

    The 1918 book American Women and the World War by Ida Clyde Clarke and the November, 1917 issue of Popular Mechanics both provide some more insight into the Comforts Committee as excerpted below.
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