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  • Dec7

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    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

  • Nov2

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    In a previous post on my great-grandfather, the New York City Municipal Policeman I included a photo comparison of an image from our family album and one from a page of the book “The New York Irish” that I believe to be him.

    Now, unprecedented in Tierney family research, I have updated that comparison with new and intriguing evidence. I leave you, dear reader, to form your own opinion of the great importance of this finding. Thank you and good night.

    Groundbreaking Tierney Comparison

    Yes. Yes, that is a Luigi hat, of Mario & Luigi fame I am wearing right there.

  • Oct29

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    Family Tree Photo GameSince today is a nice cold rainy day, I’ve set up a game to see how well the kids do putting together the family tree using family photos.
    I think there may be some Oreos ready for some prizes (and for the game leader.)

  • Oct14

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    Great Uncle James has some things to learn. Like selecting the proper tool to pick up the baby.

    Uncle James' Baby Pitchfork

    James Farrell and my Dad, baby Mike Tierney

  • Oct13

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      While listening to the Genealogy Gems Podcast a few weeks ago, Lisa Louise Cooke talked about waiting for her young grandson to call her Grandma and asked if anyone had any unusual terms of endearment they’d like to share.

    I sent along a story of how my son came up with an unusual name for my mother-in-law and Lisa asked if I could record it for her via Skype or a phone call. Pretty neat!

    I offered to record it and sent along an mp3 of the story (and was sure to include a sample of my son’s made-up name.) The nicest surprise was that Lisa also gave me a free year’s subscription to her premium podcast for using my story.

    So thanks very much to her! I will be checking out those Google Earth for Genealogy videos as soon as I get a chance, as I’m working on various mapping projects and can always use some more tricks in my magic bag.

    You can hear the story somewhere in the middle of Episode 119 Thousands of Memories – Childhood, Grandparents & Beyond.

    If you’d like to hear my son’s grandma naming story directly, you can also play it here:

    How Hemmie Got Her Name