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“The Book” is progressing and on schedule. I finished the citations and now I am scanning, and locating photographs, illustrations, maps, and charts.

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Going through the photographs is enlightening. The Whelans, probably Aunt Nan or Uncle Jimmy, had a camera in the 1920s. There are a lot of snapshots and they are in pretty good shape.

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Vincent, Peggy, and Thomas

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“The Kids” – Billy, Thomas, Vincent, and Babsie

My grandmother took the children for studio portraits to send back to her mother in Ireland.

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Angela – First Communion

The Colberts didn’t take studio portraits. There is only one – of my father’s First Communion. It’s possible they took pictures of the other kids, but they didn’t survive.

They didn’t have a camera, but someone took pictures and gave them copies. There are a few snapshots, but they are in bad shape.

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Joe and Larry, around 1918.

Micky, Joan, Jackie and friends

Micky, Joan, Jackie and friends, around 1930.

In 1939 my Uncle Joe bought a camera and loved taking candid shots, writing detailed information on the back of each picture.

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Joe – around 1939

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Joe went to the fair with his brother Larry, and their cousins Bill and Jim Rogers.

Nan Whelan went on to become a photographer and in the 1940s she took a lot of family pictures and printed them out herself, usually on 8 x 10 paper.

In December of 1942 Uncle Vincent, who enlisted in the Army right after Pearl Harbor, came home on leave. He’d gone through almost a year of training and was going overseas.

Nan took pictures of him, in uniform, with as many family members as she could.

 

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Billy, Vincent, and Jimmy with their mother, December 1942

 

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Vincent and Peggy Anne

It never hit me until scanning them that she, and the rest of the family were worried that  he might not come back. He did, but he never saw his father or brother Jimmy again. He returned in April on compassionate leave because of the death of his father, only to learn after he arrived home that his brother had died a few weeks earlier.

 

 

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For the past month I’ve been reviewing citations – correcting them and making sure they are consistent.

Researching in the 1970s

As I reviewed the citations for passenger manifests I realized how much had changed since I started researching 40 years ago.

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Annie Shanley

Today it takes a few seconds to find my grandmother, Annie Shanley, on a passenger manifest in Ancestry.

Annie Ancestry index

Before the internet it was more complicated.

I was lucky, I had a reliable family story. My grandmother told her children about her trip and my mother told me. Grandma arrived in New York on the day McKinley was shot, or maybe the day he died. When she got off the ferry in Battery Park with her mother the bands were playing. She thought they were to welcome the immigrants, but they were playing for the President.

President McKinley was shot in Buffalo on September 6, 1901 and died on September 14, 1901.

Passenger manifests had been microfilmed by the National Archives Records Administration (NARA). Some were indexed, some were not. Today all the New York records have been grouped by Ancestry into one index: “New York, Passenger Lists, 1820 – 1957.”

Fortunately, the records for 1901 were indexed. I would need to order the correct microfilm roll from the Family History Library or through my local library. After finding the ship and the date I would then need to order another film. This could take weeks.

There was another way, request NARA check the records; for a small fee they would copy the record.
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I did that, putting the date McKinley was shot, September 6, 1901, and sent the form to NARA in June 1977. I got the results fast –  they couldn’t find it!! How was this possible?
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In September 1978 my cousin Pat decided to order the index from Family Search; she found two Ann Shanley’s but

I have 20-20 vision, borrowed a magnifying glass, had four people there trying to decipher the 2 cards (2 x 3 each)…NO WAY could any of us come up with anything.

A trip to Washington D.C.

It would take a trip to NARA in Washington D.C. in  June of 1981 to find Grandma on a ship’s manifest.

The original index had been done on 2 x 3  cards, one for each passenger with information on name, age, former residence, ship, date of arrival, and a few other details. These cards had been microfilmed and the section I needed had been damaged, the names were gone, but a few bits of information peeked through. Two important pieces of information survived: former residence and ship information. I slowly went through that roll of microfilm and was rewarded with “ROSS” – former residence and the date of arrival.

Next I had to pull Microfilm roll # 222 for September 11, 1901. I didn’t have to look long. There she was: Annie Shanley, age 19, arriving on the S.S. Oceanic with $4.00, meeting her mother who had paid for her ticket.

I ordered a copy – the old readers at NARA did not have printers – and I still have it. It’s about 18″ x 24″.

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SS OCeanic

Grandma was in steerage, she called it “the hole of the ship.”

Flash forward to the internet age and I was able to find out more about Grandma’s arrival. The bands were playing to celebrate the expected recovery of the President. A few days later sepsis set in and he died on September 14.

The Oceanic was a big ship and I found several articles about her and about my grandmother’s trip.

Immigration and Naturalization Slides Family version

Back to citations, working on census records now. About halfway through citations, started gathering photographs, maps, illustrations.

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Every county had a Petty Sessions District – the closest ones to the Aherns were in Oldcastle, County Meath and Mount Nugent, County Cavan. Justices of the Peace heard the various complaints in these courtes which covered criminal charges as well as complaints between neighbors. The clerk recorded the information in books which have survived and make for very interesting reading.

Irish Petty Sessions

Irish Petty Sessions

In Oldcastle court was held on Mondays and the Aherns were often there – they brought charges against their neighbors – for trespassing, allowing their animals to wander and destroy the Ahern crops, assault and the ever populer “abusive and threatening language”. Charges were also brought against them – for the same reasons. They evicted their tenants, tried to get apprentices to continue working and fought with one another. Great great Aunt Kitty seems to have had a thing about breaking windows and her husband, William Knight, did not get along with his mother in law – Bridget Gibbons Ahern. He “threatened to take her life” more than once, and in 1876 spent a few days in jail. He was sent to jail on the first of November  for 20 days, but before he went got drunk in Oldcastle.  After his release from prison he was fined for that offense.

Court in Mount Nugent was held on Thursdays and the Aherns were represented there too, although not as frequently as at Oldcastle.

 

John and James Ahern, along with several other men from Ross were involved in a riot.

– John and James Ahern, along with several other men from Ross were involved in a riot. – 1875 a

James Somerville accused John Ahern of threatening to run a turf slane through his body.

James Somerville accused John Ahern of threatening to run a turf slane through his body.

An example of a turf slane and a man using one to cut turf.

An example of a turf slane and a man using one to cut turf.

Map of Ross showing where James Somerville and John Ahern lived. The turberry was held in common by all the families in Ross.

Map of Ross showing where James Somerville and John Ahern lived. The turberry was held in common by all the families in Ross.

 

John and his son, John got into a few disputes.

John and his son, John got into a few disputes.

These records can be found on Find My Past wh.ich has many Irish records

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George Ahern and one of his brothers with the family greyhound.

George Ahern (on right) and one of his brothers with the family greyhound. Probably early 1900s

Dogs were popular in Ireland and they roamed free.  Complaints about them were frequent – they attacked and even killed the livestock and people lived in fear of being bitten by a rabid dog. No one knew who the owners of the dogs were so, in 1865, Parliament passed a law requiring the Irish to register their dogs –

By March 31st of every year the owners had to go to the local petty sessions court to register their dogs. For the Aherns that would have been in Oldcastle. In 1866, the first year of the law, John Ahern went to Oldcastle in February to register his black mastiff. Within a few years, most people were waiting until March to register the dogs. The real rush came the last few days with several hundred people lining up to make the deadline.

In 1866, my great great grandfather was one of the first to register a dog, a black mastiff. In future years, most people waited until the end of March to register their dogs.

In 1866, my great great grandfather, John  Ahearn, was one of the first to register a dog, a black mastiff. In future years, most people waited until the end of March to register their dogs.

John Ahern registered a black mastiff.

John Ahern registered a black mastiff.

My great grandmother, Margaret Shanley had a collie in 1912.

My great grandmother, Margaret Shanley had a collie in 1912.

In this 1920s picture she's holding a cat, but Margaret Shanley owned a collie for a few years.

In this 1920s picture she’s holding a cat, but Margaret Shanley owned a collie for a few years.

Look closely and you'll see the dog standing in front of the house (Quarry House in Ross)

Look closely and you’ll see the dog standing in front of the house (Quarry House in Ross)

Stamp that was affixed to the dog license. Different colors were used throughout the years.

Stamp that was affixed to the dog license. Different colors were used throughout the years.

This would have been given to the owner of the dog.

This would have been given to the owner of the dog.

Patrick Whelan, who may have been my grandfather's uncle was fined because his dog was unlicensed. Note Anne Whelan who was fined for letting two asses run free. She may have been my grandmother.

Patrick Whelan, who may have been my grandfather’s uncle, was fined because his dog was unlicensed. Note Anne Whelan who was fined for letting two asses run free. She may have been my great grandmother.

If you didn’t register the dog you were subject to fines.

The copy of the “Bill for regulating Keeping of Dogs and for Protection of Sheep and other Property from Dogs in Ireland” comes from http://eppi.dippam.ac.uk/documents/14740; Sessional Papers 569, Volume 1, Session 1865

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I’m taking the challenge again this year – 3rd time. For the month of February I will work on the Colbert Whelan Family History book.

I know, I know, I’ve been working on this for 7 years!! I have a complete draft, but it needs work – a lot of work. I’ve edited and revised much of the Colbert section, so for this challenge month, I will edit and revise the Whelan section. The story will start in Bansha, County Tipperary, with my grandfather’s parents, James Whelan and Honora Keating.

The real challenge will be to complete each chapter – that means I must finish the index and citations too. I will post my progress from time to time, but let’s hope that the end of the month one chapter is compete. Then I will have to set up a plan to complete the rest of the book.

 

These pictures were taken in 1973 by my mother. She and Aunt Angela went to Ireland and visited Bansha and Ross.

Bansha - 1973

Bansha – 1973

Bansha Roman Catholic Church - Whelans were baptized here.
Bansha Roman Catholic Church – Whelans were baptized here.

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It’s been a long time since my last post. Beacon is celebrating its 100th birthday and I am on the centennial committee. For the last two weeks I’ve been working with other volunteers from the Beacon Historical Society setting up our Centennial Exhibit.

I do check records from time to time and this weekend Irish Origins had a free look at Irish directories. I figured I would take a look – again. You never know if something new has been added.

As usual, I put in the family names, Ahern, Colbert, Keating, Whelan. Luckily the site checks for variations of the name. This is what I saw for Whelan – could one of these be a relative?

Search results for James Whelan in Irish Origins

Search results for James Whelan in Irish Origins. Click to see larger view.

I checked the first one and had success.

James Whelan, grocer, Bansha

James Whalan, Bansha    The * means that he was a grocer, not a spirit dealer.

My grandfather’s father was James Whelan and he had a shop in the village of Bansha in County Tipperary. The family lived in an apartment above the store. I don’t know exactly what he sold, whether he had a general grocery store or if he just sold one type of food product, but now I know that he did not sell spirits.

The funny thing is that my grandfather told his children that the store  had a sign over it that said “Whelan”, but his brother Tom Phelan said the sign was “Phelan”. Phelan and Whelan were interchangeable in Ireland and my family used both names. When they came to the U. S. most of them chose Phelan, my grandfather was the only one who used Whelan. As my mother would say, it was pronounced “Wheeeeeelan”.

James Whelan died on January 31, 1881, so it’s just luck that he is in this directory. The information for the directory was probably collected before 1881.

As it turns out, these directories are also on FindmyPast.com. I have a subscription to that. I find the results easier to read, but I found it easier to search on Irish Origins. One more reason to check multiple sites, but not a good enough reason to sign up for yet anther genealogy subscription.

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Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas 2012

Christmas 2012

Christmas Past

Bessie Shanley O’Hara and Annie Shanley Whelan

Colbert Christmas tree – 1939 at 525 West 182nd Street.

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Grandma and Grandpa's tree

Grandma and Grandpa’s tree

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