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  • May21

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    'Bessie Egan' is written on reverse.'The girl in this Irish photo from our family albums is still a mystery to me, even with a named written on the reverse of the photo: “Bessie Egan.” No one on in that part of the family on either side of the Atlantic has yet recognized the name, although my Grandmother did have a daughter Elizabeth that remained in Ireland until at least her early teens. However, later known photos of Elizabeth don’t really look like this girl to me.

    In any case, even with her unknown identity, it is one of my favorite family photos.

  • Apr26

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    Mike Tierney & Pals, Central ParkA favorite photo of my Dad and some pals on a hill in a very un-treed Central Park, probably about 1942. (He’s on the left.)

    I believe the two-towered building back behind them is the San Remo building, which you can read more about on this Flickr page if you are so inclined.

    So, I’d guess they are probably standing somewhere in line with 65th Street or so.

    I’ll have to check out that spot next time I am in the neighborhood and see if I can find that hill.

  • Mar18

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    Mapy.cz with Street ViewA quick update to this post: I am not sure how new this news is, but I just noticed that Mapy.cz now has street view imaging built right into their own interface!

    It also appears that they are using their own imaging, as opposed to the Google Maps street view, since there is a “Panorama Beta” watermark at the bottom of the screen. Also, when I compared the two street views of the house of my 2nd great-grandparents in Defurovy Lažany, the current resident had put out the trash in Google’s image and not in Mapy.cz.

    I’ll leave this post as is, since the technique can still be useful – there may be locations that are not full imaged in one service and not the other, for example. Happy Hledání!

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    Last summer in my blog post Then and Now: Simanek Family Home I described a nice find when I looked up my grandmother’s home in the Czech Republic using Google Street View and then found a matching photo in our family albums.

    Aaand, we’re back in The Republic again!

    First, thanks to a distant cousin, Pavel Vanac who sends me all sorts of links and information on our shared Vanac lines. He has been looking for all the Vanacs and descendants and is hoping to have a reunion one day in Prague and I really hope I can attend.

    For this year he has scaled back the idea to an online reunion – which may be difficult since I have only a tiny bit of the Czech language in my brain. (We normally communicate using Google Translate between us – which has sparked some fun confusion on both sides.) But I am still looking forward to that!

    Back to the story here – Pavel sent me a small photo over the weekend with the message: Read More | Comments

  • Mar8

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    Family Resemblance - BabushkasBoy, when I started researching my family history I didn’t think I’d see such a strong family resemblance so far back in time.

    Can you say babushka? Sure you can.

  • Feb5

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    Horse Drawn Carriage Driver's LicenseAt right is my grandfather Joseph Vanac’s NYPD “Traffic Warning Card” for a a “Horse Drawn” vehicle, circa 1922.

    I am happy to report that Grandpa had a clean driving record. Not sure how clean the horse was on the streets, though.

    Calvary Cemetery, Queens, NY
    In the 1920 census he lived near the Queens cemeteries where he worked as a stone mason. His entire enumeration district contained only two pages – probably hundreds of times more people buried in that area at the time than lived there. Also: horses.

    (Photo source: Wikimedia Commons.)