|Margaret (Deasy) and John Hegarty. Probably taken for their 50th wedding anniversary, at which time they renewed their vows.|
I’ve been very busy with professional responsibilities lately, which is not necessarily a bad thing, but is why this blog has been quiet.
My eventual plans for this site are:
- rewrite the family pages to incorporate better sourcing, which will force me to analyze the material I have and hopefully clarify my next research steps
- scan some more photos
- read more relevant history
I am not really pleased with Ancestry.com’s new Irish databases, since they are mostly barebones indices. Many of them replicate information I already had from FamilySearch.org (because it’s the same info being indexed). I think I’m eventually going to have to join one of the Irish-specific sites, and probably also seek professional guidance, but that’s further down the road.
Today I just went through my “people with hints” list on ancestry.com, and discovered that some Deasy ancestors lived right here in Brooklyn! I love it when things get local!
I added a new page to hold the transcription of my great-grand-uncle’s ledger, which contains a Deasy family history and 3 months worth of a combined budget and diary kept in Cambridge in 1892. I can’t vouch for how reliable he is or isn’t, but it’s an interesting snapshot of an immigrant laborer’s days. Mostly work!
A few notes:
- Cambridgeport is a neighborhood in Cambridge, Mass. It runs roughly between Central Square and MIT.
- Kennedy Biscuit was the factory that made Fig Newtons and Lorna Doones. It is now luxury housing. A family cookie connection!
- According to this Lexington, Mass. history, Lexington had a whole community of immigrant Irish farmers hiring immigrant Irish farmhands in the 1890s.
- The Ivy Leaf was a melodramatic Irish musical theatre production, according to Gerald Bordman’s American Theatre: A Chronicle of Comedy and Drama, 1869-1914. (via Google Books)
- The Palace Theatre was in Scollay Square in Boston. There is a long discussion of the Palace Theatre at the Cinema Treasures site.