book reviews

A Christmas Party, by Georgette Heyer, a Review

A Christmas Party cover

I liked Hercule Poirot's Christmas, by Agatha Christie, so I figured I would probably enjoy Georgette Heyer's A Christmas Party as well, having just finished her Why Shoot a Butler. I was right.

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Why Shoot a Butler, by Georgette Heyer, a Review

Why Shoot a Butler Book Cover

A few weeks ago, in the review of Toured To Death, I made fun of the "damsel in distress" motif that I kept coming across in modern mystery stories. Now, having read Georgette Heyer's Why Shoot a Butler, I might have to eat my words. This lady gets it right.

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Two County Cork Mysteries by Sheila Connolly, a Review

Scandal in Skibereen, Cover

Buried in a Bog and Scandal in Skibereen are the first two in the County Cork Mysteries series by Sheila Connolly. I would have reviewed them one at a time but they were so good and read so quickly that I was through with the second before I could write about the first.

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brick walls

Done and To Do in Cape May for James D. Hamilton

James D Hamilton was not found in any of the following:

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Family of Richard Cragg and Sarah Ann Tower

Some time ago, I tried to help a descendant find the mother of Eleanor Cragg who was born in Boston in 1900, likely "out of wedlock."

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Found on Roadside

While looking through the Irish Catholic parish registers, I found this entry ...

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DNA

A Positive View of Our Hamilton DNA Research

In the last two articles, I looked at the shortcomings of the DNA research into our Hamilton line. In this article, I will take a look at the positive side. What have we gained?

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First Thoughts on the O'Rourke Autosomal DNA

My sister recently tested the autosomal DNA of a cousin on our mother's side. A person inherits autosomal DNA from both their mother and father, unlike y-DNA which comes only from their father.

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Hiram Lansford Fields of Hawkins County, Tennessee

  •   Mon 08 October 2018
  •   DNA

I ask Fields family members and experts in early North Carolina, Tennessee, and Kentucky genealogy to be patient with me and this article.

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general

Even the Snails Came from Spain

The legend among the Irish for the longest time was that they "came from Spain." You could say it was the mother of all family stories.

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Kilmore Quay Post Office

A while ago my cousin sent me a number of photographs of our family ... This picture of Kilmore Quay Post Office is one of them.

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Manufacturer of Shoddy Goods

How would you feel if your ancestor was described as a 'manufacturer of shoddy goods'?

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off-topic

It Has All Been Said

a yawning cat

While I was setting up the new format of this site, I was trying to think of things to write about. Then I realized "Why bother opening your mouth? It's all been said by now."

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You Have Nothing to Fear

a spider web

A poem about spiders

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Lyrics to a version of "The Rambling Boy"

This is not your grandfather's Ramblin' Boy. And the lyrics are not from the versions by Tom Paxton or Joan Baez. Listening to Tom Paxton after this is like listening to Pat Boone sing "Blueberry Hill," nice, but just nice.

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postal covers

1960 Postal Cover from Warrensville, Ohio, to Duncan, British Columbia

On March 11, about 1960, Mr John L Alline of 19415 Wickfield Road, Warrensville Heights, Ohio, sent a letter to Mr W D Wadsworth, of Gibbins Road, Duncan, British Columbia. Who were these men, and what was the correspondence about?

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Alice (Brownsword) Hawkes of Rockland, Rhode Island

In December 1915, Alice B Hawkes of Rockland, Rhode Island, sent a postcard to her friend Mrs Green which read ...

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Anna (Cummisky) Lynch of Curraghan, County Leitrim, and Port Jefferson, Suffolk County, New York

In 1941, Mrs Martin Lynch of Port Jefferson, Long Island, received a letter from the town of Sligo, County Sligo, Ireland. Can we identify Mrs Lynch, and can this envelope help us find her county of origin in Ireland?

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records

Michael McAneny of Cleveland: naturalization

Having found James McAneny's death record, I was inspired to keep going on the family. Here is his brother Michael's naturalization card. As far as I can tell, this was some kind of summary of information made after the fact, along with the immigrant's current address.

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Cunninghams in Ballymageogh Townland, Kilkeel, County Down, 1868 to 1908

While working on a Peter Cunningham family in Miles City, Montana, I thought it might help to make a list of Cunninghams in Ballymageogh Townland, in an effort to find Peter's parents. Here are the results.

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Cunninghams in Mullertown Townland, 1864-1905

While working on a Cunningham family in Washington State, US, I found it helpful to make a list of the Cunninghams in Mullartown from 1864 to 1905. Here are the results.

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sketches

Harry and Agnes (Gratton) Billups, Letters

The documents section of this website has a transcription of thirty-five letters sent by Henry "Harry" Billups and his wife Agnes Gratton from Mifflin County, Pennsylvania, to Agnes' sister Emily Hall in Derbyshire, England.

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Anna (Cunningham) Rodgers, of Kilkeel and Cleveland

Anna Cunningham was born 3 Oct 1845, possibly in Ballymadeerfy Townland, County Down, Ireland, the daughter of James Cunningham and Catherine Devine. The exact date of her birth comes from her granddaughter Nan (Gallagher) Fleming's research.

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Edward and Anna Rodgers: the Cleveland Years

There are enough railroad tracks on the southeast side of Cleveland that the train from New York could have dropped the Rodgers off at their doorstep, but they probably had to find their way to their new address on their own. Fittingly, in the 1874 Cleveland City Directory there is a listing for an Edward Rogers living on the south side of Railroad, near Walnut, in Newburgh.

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Most of the information here is about my family or my wife’s, or about families with ties to Cleveland, Ohio, or the area near Rostrevor and Kilkeel in County Down, Ireland. There are also some unrelated families included that I came across. Whatever the case, I hope the material is helpful in your own efforts.
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-- Ed Hamilton