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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Henry "Harry" Billups, Pittsburgh, 1890

Henry Billups was last known to be alive in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in January and February 1890.

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Joseph Page of Orono, a Timeline

Before 1775: Lived for sometime in Rhode Island ... 1775: Living in the area of present day Bangor, then called Kenduskeag Plantation.

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DNA

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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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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general

Found on Roadside

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

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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."

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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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postal covers

Mary Ellen (Gaffney) Lavin of Cuilmore, Sligo, and Flatbush, Brooklyn, New York

In the 1940's, Mrs M G Lavin of 179 East 32nd, Brooklyn, NY, received a letter from Co. Roscommon, Ireland. The name of the post office is unreadable. Can we identify Mrs Lavin? Did she come from Roscommon?

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Laura Clary Goodenow of Rochester, Indiana

On September 18, 1907, Mr Harvey F Clary, of Rochester, Indiana, received a postcard from his sister Laura (Clary) Goodenow in Lima, Ohio. What was the occasion?

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Margaret (O'Donnell) Carpenter, Bruckness, Donegal, and Detroit, Michigan

In 1915, Mrs Charles Carpenter of 693 Meldrum Ave, Detroit, Michigan, received a postcard from her sister Cassie in Bruckless, County Donegal, Ireland. Here is a transcription of the text ...

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records

Hellier Family of Bangor, Maine

I had the opportunity to look at two old Bibles which apparently once belonged to members of the Hellier family of Bangor, Maine. They are in a private collection and are not for sale. I am presenting the family record information here for the benefit of anyone concerned.

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Patrick McQuaid, Jacob Kern, George W Kern, of Greensburgh, PA, Indenture Papers

Below is a transcription of the indenture papers of Patrick McQuaid, apprentice to Jacob S and George W Kern in Greensburgh, Pennsylvania, beginning April 30, 1827.

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Will of John McVeigh, of Dunnaval Townland, Kilkeel

Will of John McVeigh, transcription, from Will Calendars. Public Record Office of Northern Ireland.

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sketches

A Few Sloans from Killowen and Rostrevor

A discussion of James Patrick Sloan and Mary Ann Sloan, born in Liverpool to James and Margaret Sloan, both likely from Killowen, County Down, Ireland.

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Ellen Sloan, Killowen to Brooklyn

Ellen Maria Sloan was born August 22, 1873, in Ballincurry Townland, Killowen, County Down, and was baptized the same day in Kilbroney Catholic Parish. She is the third known child of James Sloan and Mary Brennan.

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Edwin O'Connor of Woonsocket, Rhode Island–A Brief Ancestry

Some years ago I researched a friend's Irish ancestry. She was from Galway and it turned out that she was distantly related to John Ford the American movie director. That got me thinking about the Irish experience in the United States and about American movies in general, which eventually brought me around to reading, not watching, The Last Hurrah.

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tech-stuff

Adding an emoji to a post

Today I learned…well not exactly today, more like yesterday. Anyway, I figured out how to put emojis on the website.

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Living with Sid

Sid is the unstable branch of the Debian GNU-Linux operating system. He's usually easy enough to get along with, if you keep your distance and give him the respect he demands.

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How a non-Python-programmer survived a Pelican point upgrade

A while ago I decided I was tired of handcrafting an individual .php file every time I added an article to this website. So I decided to shop around again for a static site generator.

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My Old Ohio Home
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 research.
-- Ed Hamilton