Monday, October 11, 2021

Best of the Blogs, Week Ending October 9, 2021

My criteria for The Best of the Blogs is this:  I look for blogs that highlight genealogy methodology, new records, social and historical context, current events, and educational and volunteer opportunities.  I try especially to focus on blogs that document the Irish and the Irish diaspora and may be of interest to TIARA members. Compiled by Kathleen Sullivan

Family History

Free and Easy-to-use 4-Generation Family Tree Chart on Fortify Your Family Tree by DiAnn Iamarino

52 Ancestors- PRESERVATION:: Stay or Go? on Jollett Etc by Wendy Jollett

Methodology

Easier Way to Find Jennie's Marriage Cert on Climbing My Family Tree by Marian B. Wood

October is Family History Month on Irish Family Roots by Donna Moughty
Organizing

Verifying What is Written in Stone IV - John Coughlin on Tripping Over My Roots by Anna Matthews

Records and Databases


Research Resources


Tipperary Studies releases 1930s Munster Glass Plate Images on Irish Genealogy News by Claire Santry

Here are some other bloggers who write about weekly posts that may be of interest:

Friday's Family History Finds by Linda Stufflebean, on her blog Empty Branches of the Family Tree blog click here

Best of the Genea-Blogs and Genealogy News and Education Bytes by Randy Seaver on his Genea-Musings blog click here and here and here

This Week's creme de la creme by Gail Dever on her Genealogy A La Carte blog click here

Did you see a great genealogy blog post I missed? Let me know! 

Copyright 2021 by Kathleen Sullivan

Tuesday, October 5, 2021

Best of the Blogs, Week Ending October 2, 2021

My criteria for The Best of the Blogs is this:  I look for blogs that highlight genealogy methodology, new records, social and historical context, current events, and educational and volunteer opportunities.  I try especially to focus on blogs that document the Irish and the Irish diaspora and may be of interest to TIARA members. Compiled by Kathleen Sullivan

Current Issues

Why Aren't More Genealogy Records Online? on Modern Genealogy Made Easy by Amy Johnson Crow

Educational Opportunities

Irish genealogy and history events, 28 September to 16 October on Irish Genealogy News by Claire Santry


Family History

WWII-era love letters and photos returned to family on Genealogy a la carte by Gail Dever

Tombstone Tuesday - Donald's Barry and Coughlin Lines on Tripping Over My Roots by Anna Matthews

Methodology

Do You Have Former Ancestors? on Irish Family Roots by Donna Moughty 
    What TIARA member is mentioned in this blog?

Organizing

It's Time to Organize All Your Family Photos on Fortify Your Family Tree by DiAnn Iamarino

Records and Databases

Genealogy News by Claire Santry

And another upload for RootsIreland's County Kerry collection on Irish Genealogy News by Claire Santry

Research Resources

Building Your Library with FamilySearch on Finding Your Canadian Story by Candice McDonald

Writing

ICYMI: Selecting images for a family history on Vita Brevis by Penny Stratton

Here are some other bloggers who write about weekly posts that may be of interest:

Friday's Family History Finds by Linda Stufflebean, on her blog Empty Branches of the Family Tree blog click here

Best of the Genea-Blogs and Genealogy News and Education Bytes by Randy Seaver on his Genea-Musings blog click here and here and here

This Week's creme de la creme by Gail Dever on her Genealogy A La Carte blog click here

Did you see a great genealogy blog post I missed? Let me know! 

Copyright 2021 by Kathleen Sullivan

Monday, October 4, 2021

Tales from the Foresters: Daniel Sullivan 1843-1908

 

Fanned by brisk winds from the north, a quarter mile of waterfront at East Boston was totally enveloped in flames within 15 minutes on July 8, 1908.  Total destruction of the Cunard Pier, Boston & Albany Railroad Pier 3, Boston & Albany grain elevator, and the Leyland Line pier resulted in a loss valued over $1,000,000.  The Massachusetts Wharf Coal company plant and the Boston, Revere Beach and Lynn narrow gage terminal were only just spared. 

The cause of the fire was not clear.  It may have started in bales of wool stored at the end of the North shed of the Cunard pier, or, it was rumored, to have erupted from a spark from a passing tug, which entered the shed through an open window and ignited a crate of onions.

The pier and its buildings were constructed entirely of wood, and due to the recent bout of hot weather, were extremely dry.  Watchman Sullivan saw the first flames at 4:12, and within 2 minutes the whole end of the pier was in flames.  The clerks from the Cunard office grabbed their books, but, unable to outrun the fire, they dropped from the windows to the ground.

Within 10 minutes the entire dock, measuring 750 feet long by 220 feet wide was engulfed.  Gale winds of 34 mph carried the inferno to Pier 3, the Grand Junction Wharves of the Boston & Albany railroad.

The Dolphin, a Cunard steam launch used to carry company executives from Boston to East Boston was completely destroyed.  The Ivernia, due to arrive the next day, carrying hundreds of immigrants, was to be berthed in that very location, will arrive as scheduled and be berthed at the Boston & Maine docks, White Star Pier.  A narrow escape for many.

Daniel Sullivan, 70 years old, for 40 years connected with the Cunard Line, and employed as a watchman on the pier, lost his life through his devotion to duty.  Sullivan was at the end of the north shed, where the fire started, and discovering it gave the alarm.  He then returned to try and check it and was not seen again.  He was once foreman of the pier, but was injured, and had since been a watchman.[1]

On July 10, a search was attempted for the body of Daniel Sullivan.  The search had to be called off due to the intense heat still given off by the ruins.  His body was never recovered.

Daniel Sullivan, son of Timothy and Ellen Sullivan, was born in County Cork, Ireland on May 23, 1843, one of 10 children.  His naturalization papers show he arrived in Boston on November 16, 1860.   On June 23, 1868, he was married to Honora Sullivan, daughter of William and Mary Sullivan, at Holy Redeemer Church in East Boston by Father Joseph R. Cassin.  Witnesses were Michael Dunphy and Ellen Hurley.  By 1870, Daniel, Honora, and their infant son Timothy were living at 39 Haynes Street in East Boston.

On October 23, 1876 Daniel became an American citizen under the provision of having arrived here before the age of 18.  His application was witnessed by John H. Duane and William McGrath.  By 1880, still at 39 Haynes St, the family had grown to include Nellie (1872), John (1874), Daniel (1876), Mary (1878) and Honora (1879). 

On April 8, 1883, Daniel was initiated as a charter member of the Lyndon Court of the Massachusetts Catholic Order of Foresters.  At this time, his medical examination shows that he was 220 pounds and 6 foot 6 inches in height. 

On May 3, 1886, Daniel purchased a lot of 4 graves on Path 17, North of Monument Avenue, at Holy Cross Cemetery in Malden.  At the time of the purchase, the family was living at 294 Summer Street, East Boston.  His two youngest children, Honora and William Patrick, who had died in 1885, were moved to this grave at that time.   This would be the final resting place of Hanora and 6 of her children.

By 1900, the family had moved to 91A Webster Street, and the only surviving children were Timothy and Daniel.  The family was living here at the time of his death.  Daniel’s occupation was variously described as teamster, laborer, roustabout, foreman and watchman over his 40 years with the Cunard line.

In a letter to Major John J. Leonard on August 8, 1908, Joseph A. Sheehan, Counsellor at Law, advised that payment should be made to the family of Daniel Sullivan “who is supposed to have lost his life at East Boston on July 8th, 1908, he having been in conversation with Alfred Fishler, superintendent, of the Cunard Line Pier, at East Boston, about fifteen minutes previous to the alarm of fire, and he having been on duty near the end of the pier on the west side, according to the signed statement of the said Alfred Fishler” and “that it is fair and reasonable to suppose and assume that the said Daniel Sullivan was burned to death at the time of said fire; and I would therefore advise the payment of the death benefit to the beneficiaries named without further delay.”

When the census was recorded in 1910, Daniel’s widow, Hanora Sullivan, was living with her son Daniel and his wife Grace (McCarthy) Sullivan at 264 Lexington Street in Boston.  She spent the remaining few years of her life here with her grandchildren, listed in the census as Honora, age 3, William, age 2, John, age 1 and Grace age 0.

In August the Boston & Albany Railroad announced plans for rebuilding the East Boston waterfront.  Work will start at once on 2 modern steel piers measuring 780 feet by 250 feet, in addition to a 1,000,000 bushel grain elevator.  The slips for the ships will be dredged up to 35 feet and the sheds will be two story, constructed of steel, and fireproof.  The waterfront should be ready to accept steamships by June 1909.

Daniel and Honora (Sullivan) Sullivan had 7 children, all born in Boston:

  1. Timothy, born August 1869, died May 13, 1953; Timothy and his wife Bridget McQuillan left 3 children and a number of grandchildren
  2. Nellie, born March 27, 1872, died April 9, 1892
  3. John, born January 18, 1874, died February 2, 1893
  4. Daniel, born July 25, 1876, died July 29, 1957; Daniel and his wife Grace McCarthy left 6 children and a number of grandchildren
  5. Mary, born May 19, 1878, died January 3, 1894
  6. Honora, born June 14, 1879, died July 11, 1885
  7. William Patrick, born November 14, 1881, died December 10, 1885

Sources:

1870 U S Census, Massachusetts, Suffolk, Boston, Ward 1

1880 U S Census, Massachusetts, Suffolk, Boston, ED588

1900 U S Census, Massachusetts, Suffolk, ED1177, Precinct 5, Boston City, Ward 2

Boston Herald, July 9, 1908, page 1, GenealogyBank.com

Boston Herald, July 9, 1908, page 4, Map of Burned District, GenealogyBank.com

Boston Herald, July 9, 1908, page 4, Pensioner Loses Life in Fire through His Devotion to Duty, GenealogyBank.com

Boston Herald, July 11, 1908, page 3, Heat Halts Search for Body in Ruins

Boston Herald, August 14, 1908, page 2, New Piers Here to Dock Biggest Ships

Boston Herald, October 14, 1908, page 7, Steel Pier for Cunard

Boston Herald, October 31, 1908, page 3, Cunard Pier Contract

Massachusetts, State and Federal Naturalization Records, 1798-1950

Massachusetts, U. S. Marriage Records, 1840-1915

MCOF Record Page Images for Daniel Sullivan, Claim #2948

Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston, Most Holy Redeemer (East Boston)) Marriages 1851-1908, p. 104

For more information on TIARA's Forester project, click here

[1] Boston Herald, July 9, 1908, page 1, GenealogyBank.com

Monday, September 27, 2021

Best of the Blogs, Week Ending September 24, 2021

My criteria for The Best of the Blogs is this:  I look for blogs that highlight genealogy methodology, new records, social and historical context, current events, and educational and volunteer opportunities.  I try especially to focus on blogs that document the Irish and the Irish diaspora and may be of interest to TIARA members. Compiled by Kathleen Sullivan

Educational Opportunities


Organizing

Save Family History with LOCKSS on Climbing My Family Tree by Marian B. Wood

Records and Databases

RootsIreland.ie adds 20,000 more records for County Armagh on Irish Genealogy News by Claire Santry



Research Resources


Only Available in Ireland on Irish Family Roots by Donna Moughty

Here are some other bloggers who write about weekly posts that may be of interest:

Friday's Family History Finds by Linda Stufflebean, on her blog Empty Branches of the Family Tree blog click here

Best of the Genea-Blogs and Genealogy News and Education Bytes by Randy Seaver on his Genea-Musings blog click here and here and here

This Week's creme de la creme by Gail Dever on her Genealogy A La Carte blog click here

Did you see a great genealogy blog post I missed? Let me know! 

Copyright 2021 by Kathleen Sullivan

Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Best of the Blogs, Week Ending September 18, 2021

My criteria for The Best of the Blogs is this:  I look for blogs that highlight genealogy methodology, new records, social and historical context, current events, and educational and volunteer opportunities.  I try especially to focus on blogs that document the Irish and the Irish diaspora and may be of interest to TIARA members. Compiled by Kathleen Sullivan

Culture Context & Background

Add Context to Your Family Tree with Historic Photos on Fortify Your Family Tree by DiAnn Iamarino

Current Issues

Where were you? on Irish Family Roots by Donna Moughty

DNA

Were they Orphans at all? DNA and the Orphan Train on Legacy News by Geoff Rasmussen

Here's why you've had no new DNA matches on Ancestry on Genealogy a la carte by Gail Dever

My Updated Ancestry DNA Leeds Method Chart on Genea-Musings by Randy Seaver

Educational Opportunities

Autumn edition of Irish Roots Magazine published on Irish Genealogy News by Claire Santry


Organizing

Reorganizing Family History, Part 1 on Climbing My Family Tree by Marian B. Wood

Reorganizing Family History, Part 2 on Climbing My Family Tree by Marian B. Wood

Records and Databases


New Collections: Scotland Census, 1841-1901 on MyHeritage Blog by Talya

Research Resources

Wonderful Albert-Casey-itis on Irish Roots by John Grenham

A Glimpse of the Past on Ellie's Ancestors by Ellie

Research Tools


Technology

Savoir fair- BIFHSGO launches new website on Genealogy a la carte by Gail Dever


Here are some other bloggers who write about weekly posts that may be of interest:

Friday's Family History Finds by Linda Stufflebean, on her blog Empty Branches of the Family Tree blog click here

Best of the Genea-Blogs and Genealogy News and Education Bytes by Randy Seaver on his Genea-Musings blog click here and here and here

This Week's creme de la creme by Gail Dever on her Genealogy A La Carte blog click here

Did you see a great genealogy blog post I missed? Let me know! 

Copyright 2021 by Kathleen Sullivan

Sunday, September 12, 2021

Best of the Blogs, Week Ending September 11, 2021

My criteria for The Best of the Blogs is this:  I look for blogs that highlight genealogy methodology, new records, social and historical context, current events, and educational and volunteer opportunities.  I try especially to focus on blogs that document the Irish and the Irish diaspora and may be of interest to TIARA members. Compiled by Kathleen Sullivan

DNA

Records and Databases

Offaly, Tipperary and Clare Workhouse accounts 1857-1878 online on Irish Genealogy News by Claire Santry

Archdiocese of Boston: new records from Everett & Somerville on American Ancestors Database News by Molly Rogers

Research Resources

Researching Your Ancestor's Occupation on Irish Family Roots by Donna Moughty

Research Tools

5 Online Genealogy Freebies You're Missing on Legacy News by Gena Philibert-Ortega

Here are some other bloggers who write about weekly posts that may be of interest:

Friday's Family History Finds by Linda Stufflebean, on her blog Empty Branches of the Family Tree blog click here

Best of the Genea-Blogs and Genealogy News and Education Bytes by Randy Seaver on his Genea-Musings blog click here and here and here and here

This Week's creme de la creme by Gail Dever on her Genealogy A La Carte blog click here

Did you see a great genealogy blog post I missed? Let me know! 

Copyright 2021 by
Kathleen Sullivan

Saturday, September 4, 2021

Best of the Blogs, Week Ending September 4, 2021

My criteria for The Best of the Blogs is this:  I look for blogs that highlight genealogy methodology, new records, social and historical context, current events, and educational and volunteer opportunities.  I try especially to focus on blogs that document the Irish and the Irish diaspora and may be of interest to TIARA members. Compiled by Kathleen Sullivan

DNA

Shared cM Tool revisited on DNA Sleuth by Ann Raymont, CG

Your DNA Questions Answered Live with Diahan on Legacy News by Geoff Rasmussen

How to Downloard Your DNA Match List/Export DNA Matches on Your DNA Guide by Diahan Southard

Methodology

Finding Women in Your Family Tree on Irish Family Roots by Donna Moughty

Beware Mr Smarty-Pants Database on Irish Roots by John Grenham

Records and Databases

Archdiocese of Boston: new searchable records from Somerville on American Ancestors Database News by Molly Rogers

25% off annual subscriptions to RootsIreland.ie on Irish Genealogy News by Claire Santry

Here are some other bloggers who write about weekly posts that may be of interest:

Friday's Family History Finds by Linda Stufflebean, on her blog Empty Branches of the Family Tree blog click here

Best of the Genea-Blogs and Genealogy News and Education Bytes by Randy Seaver on his Genea-Musings blog click here and here

This Week's creme de la creme by Gail Dever on her Genealogy A La Carte blog click here

Did you see a great genealogy blog post I missed? Let me know! 

Copyright 2021 by Kathleen Sullivan

Best of the Blogs, Week Ending October 9, 2021

My criteria for The Best of the Blogs is this:  I look for blogs that highlight genealogy methodology, new records, social and historical co...