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  • Apr12

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    I did not know this was a lucrative employment option.

    WWII Draft Card: Crab for a Living

  • Mar2

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    My grandmother Marie Simanek emigrated from Predmir, Czechoslovakia to New York in 1922, then returned home in 1926 to ask permission to marry my grandfather Joseph Vanac.

    In this photo she is returning to New York – with approval to marry! (She is the upper left-most woman in the rear. Click on the photo for a larger image.)
    It was taken in September, 1926 on the S.S. George Washington.

    Group Photo - SS George Washington, circa 1926

    The photo as a whole is one of my favorites, but the ladies at the bottom are my favorite favorite.

    Group Photo Crop - SS George Washington, circa 1926

  • Jan7

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    From an announcement of a sale on December 5, 1895:
    RARE BOOKS & MAPS SOLD
    Early Views of American Cities – Works on Witchcraft and Genealogy

    You know, Because they go together so well.

    Witchcraft & Genealogy

  • 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.