Category Archives: O’Connell

Finding Ireland in Irish Lives Remembered

Today is a big day for me. A few weeks back, I received an email asking me if I would like to contribute to a new digi mag based on Irish research. I was super excited and honored to be asked to write for something that I was not a part of and for someone who I did not know.

I have written for myself on this blog a few years, I write over at The In-Depth Genealogist now and then and usually I have a monthly column as well. But, for someone to reach out and ask me to write about my Irish ancestors and my research, that truly touched me. So, I took a few days and compiled some of my posts here what information I have and wrote my article, which I titled Finding Ireland and sent it in to Irish Lives Remembered.

Today while reading my email, I read through my Y-IRL list and was excited to see that someone shared a new Irish digital magazine. Yep, for Irish Lives Remembered. I was super excited to see my words in print. So, while I was at a stop light I clicked through and found my article. Yay! It looked absolutely beautiful. The whole magazine does.

This month there is a 24 page section on Cork, which includes Irish genealogy resources. Those researching Irish ancestors can understand that any place that lists resources for your Irish ancestors, is a good thing to read. I cannot wait to dig into this.

Thanks again to Eileen, for asking me to write about my Irish ancestors and research. I was truly honored to do so.

To read the Irish Lives Remembered Magazine, click here. Make sure to read pages 37 – 39 for my article, Finding Ireland.

This Weeks Mystery Has Been Solved

Earlier in the week, I wrote a post about things I learned in the 1940 Census on my great-great uncle, John O’Connell. You can read the original post here. It seems for a few years, he owned a restaurant in Hudson Falls, NY and I wanted to find out the name and see if said restaurant was still open. Thanks to my friend Terri on Facebook, I know have the information.

Last night, Terri was kind enough to post on my Facebook wall that she had found the name of the restaurant and she also left me a link to where she found the information on Ancestry.

Here is a cropped version of the record.

Twin Acres was the name of his restaurant. I googled it and did not find a listing for it. I will however be setting an alert on Ebay to see if I can find anything there.

The next question is, who is the Mary listed under John? John had a sister Mary who married three different times. Could this be her, between husbands?

Thanks to Terri and all my friends on FB who take the time out to help each other with all the genealogy questions. If you are not on Facebook, I highly recommend any genealogist to open an account. It is a great way to network and get help with your research when you hit a block!

Sundays Obituary: John O’Connell

Fair Haven Era

October 1931

Funeral services for Mr. John O’Connell who died last Friday evening at his home on Pine St., after a five week illness were held at St. Mary’s church Monday 8 o’clock. Rev. PJ Long and JJ Dwyer officiated at the mass of requie. Mr. O’Connell was born in Canada.and has resided in town for the past six years on Pine St. Besides his wife is is survived by three daughters, Mrs. Coulman of Schenectady NY, Mrs. Daha and Mrs William Pratt of Hudson Falls NY, three sons, Dennis of Canada, Dan and John O’Connell of Hudson Falls NY, one half sister, Mrs. J. Gilrain of Fair Haven.

The internment was in St. Marys Cemetery on Washington St. and the pall bearers were Fred Moore, James Hickey, George Eaton, James Laramie, John Dutelle and Frank McDermott.

Tombstone Tuesday: Harriet

Harriet Langdon Tombstone, St Paul's Cemetery, Hudson Falls, Washington Co., New York. Photographed by Terri O'Connell © 2012

Harriet’s obituary can be read here. It is sad that her first name is the only name on her stone. Luckily, she is buried with her siblings so that you can figure out which family she belongs to. Unfortunately, there is no mention of her husband.

Glimpsing into 1940

This past week was filled with scouring the 1940 Census to see what and who I can find. To be honest, it started out extremely frustrating when on Monday morning at 8:25 am I could not access anything on the website. I knew that there are bound to be problems with some of the website. But, I never expected to see nothing (and that was for over 12 hours).

At about 8:30 pm that night, I used my daughters computer and finally downloaded and ED that I was wanting to look at. Went to my computer to see if it would work and it did. I chalked this up to everyone being on Dear Myrtle’s webinar (which I am extremely happy that everyone was listening to her and giving me a break. I was ready to through all computers out the window. I know, I need a bit more patience and no I do not expect to finish my genealogy in one day. I just wanted to find 1 family and check the records out. Which I finally accomplished Monday night.

The first family I wanted to find was my German great grandparents, and I was successful.  See image below.

Jaegar Family, living at 3710 Southport Ave, Chicago, IL

After that I wanted to find their daughter Ida, this is the first time she would be enumerated as a wife, and she would have two children with her. Well, I spent many hours searching and came up with nothing. I reached out to my aunt to see if she remembered where the family should be. She was kind enough to send me the address of the home from when she was in school. I used that address to find the ED and searched through it. I found grandma!!!! How excited, I even emailed a copy of the census record to that aunt and two more. See image below for Grandma!

On the next page, I found my grandfather. He will become Ida’s second husband on 11 Jan 1947.  But, in 1940 he is still married to Janet and they are not living together.

Here’s Larry in 1940:

Larry O'Connell, living at 1458 Grace St., Chicago, IL

and finally, here is Janet and Bobby:

Janet and her son, Robert O'Connell, not sure of address at this point.

With Larry and Janet not living together, it is easy to assume that there was already marital problems. I wonder if any of them had an inkling of what was to come in the next seven years?

Amanuensis Monday: Obituary of Fred Jaeger

Chicago Tribune 16 Aug 1961

Fred Jaeger, formerly of 3710 Southport avenue, beloved husband of the late Ella, nee Jonas; dear father of Ruth Hoffman, Ida O’Connell, Dorothy Ramsden, and Irene Fudacz; grandfather of eight; great-grandfather of one. Resting at Thomas J. Cooney Funeral Home, 3552 Southport avenue. Services Friday, 1 p. m. to Graceland Cemetery

SNGF – List Your Matrilineal Line

Randy at Genea-Musings has put out the call for some Saturday night fun. He says:

“Hey genealogy buffs – it’s Saturday Night again — time for more Genealogy Fun!!
Your mission, should you decide to accept it, is to:

1) List your matrilineal line – your mother, her mother, etc. back to the first identifiable mother. Note: this line is how your mitochondrial DNA was passed to you!

2) Tell us if you have had your mitochondrial DNA tested, and if so, which Haplogroup you are in.

3) Post your responses on your own blog post, in Comments to this blog post, or in a Status line on Facebook or in your Stream at Google Plus.

4)  If you have done this before, please do your father’s matrilineal line, or your grandfather’s matrilineal line, or your spouse’s matriliuneal line.

5)  Does this list spur you to find distant cousins that might share one of your matrilineal lines? ”

So I took a gander at my line, or lack thereof…To protect the identity of my living relatives, I am going to start this with my maternal grandmother.

a. Zedith Marie Lachney (17 Mar 1933 Raleigh Co, WV – 31 Dec 2009 Trinity, AL) married William H. Richmond Jr.

b. Mary Jane Hilton (14 Dec 1903 Perry Co, OH) – 18 July 1992 Seminole, FL) married Joseph Lachney

c. Susie Kerr (12 Feb 1876 Arlington, OH – 11 Sep 1943 Beckley, Raleigh Co, WV) married John James Hilton, Sr.

d. Margaret Garlinger (Feb 1849 – Somerset, PA – Dec 1910 Perry Co, OH) married John Kerr

e. Mary Hashsmith (1815 PA – 1870 Bairds Furnace, Perry Co, OH) married Adam Garlinger

As far as I know, no one has had any DNA testing done. Being a female in this line, it only makes sense that I should be the one to do this. Add another thing to my long line of to do lists.

My fathers matrilineal line is as follows:

a. Margaret (Ida)  Jaeger (1 Jan 1919 Cook Co., IL – 15 Apr 1980 Chicago, Cook Co, IL) married 1) Frederick Fischer 2) Ambrose (Larry O’Connell)

b. Ella Martha Marie Jonas (12 Apr 1898, Cook Co, IL – 11 Oct 1956 Cook Co, IL) married Frederick Jaeger

c. Marie Lustgens (10 Mar 1862 Germany – 28 Aug 1944 Morton Grove, Cook Co, IL) married Wilhelm/William Jonas

Again, as far as I know, no one has completed any DNA testing on this line either. I do have a few aunts that I can ask to do this for me. Seems I could send them a Christmas gift and hope they will take it.

Thanks Randy for keeping all the genealogists busy, and having fun with the research we have completed.

Tombstone Tuesday – Beatrice O’Connell

Beatrice D O’Connell


1894 – 1976

St. Paul’s / St. Mary’s Cemetery Hudson Falls, NY

Beatrice is wife of John O’Connell Jr., this is not a line that I have spent any time researching as of yet. I do plan to research their family in the future.

Photo © Terri O’Connell 2011.


Closing Court Houses

About 2 weeks ago, I finally had some spare time to make a call to the Fair Haven Probate Court, in Vermont. My goal for the call, find out where to get a copy of John O’Connell’s probate records and what it would cost me.

What I learned on this quick call was that the smaller courts of Vermont are being closed down and consolidated into the bigger courts. It is a sad day when our government cannot afford to keep the doors open on court houses. The Fair Haven Probate Court has been open for 200 years. The history held within those walls should be enough to want to keep the doors open to the public. It is just sad, sad, sad!

The woman who I spoke with was nice enough to tell me that all records had been boxed up and were awaiting their pick up on the following Monday. She gave me the number to call to find out what would happen to the records. She told me my best bet would be to wait until the end of February or early March before I make that call.

With all the research I have done this far, I have not gone into court records. This was my first attempt. Of course, because I was researching the O’Connell line, it only makes sense that there would be something to hold me big a bit longer. Come March, I will make that call and hopefully be able to order a copy of these records.

Memories and Grandma’s

52 Weeks of Sharing Memories is hosted by Lorine at Olive Tree Genealogy, she has put together a list of memories to discuss to help bloggers add information about their lives, not only the lives of their ancestors. The prompt for week #2 was Grandparents (ok, I am a bit late getting this up, but it was written during week 2). She asked these questions:

  • Which Grandparent were you the closest to and why?
  • What were his/her hobbies?
  • What is the strongest memory of your grandparent?

I was lucky enough to be born having all of my grandparents and a set of great grandparents as well.

From birth to age 8, I spent most of my time with my paternal grandma, Ida (Jaeger) O’Connell. She was our babysitter, which was more like our Mom. Until my grandpa died they had lived in an apartment. After his death, my Dad purchased his first home. A 2 flat, we lived on the first floor and Grandma lived on the second.

When I was young, she was the one who did everything for us, dressed us, fed us and took care of us when we were ill. I really have no memories of anyone else really taking care of us (maybe 1 babysitter before we moved to the 2 flat). The point is, my youngest memories are not of my parents, they are of my paternal grandparents.

Grandma had many hobbies that kept her busy throughout the days, besides raising her grandchildren, she loved word searches, jigsaw puzzles (there was always one hidden on the dining room table, under the tablecloth), knitting, crocheting and making jellies! Yum, I wish I had some homemade plum jelly now!

My strongest memory of her is her sitting in her lazy boy chair, next to the picture window, watching her “stories” while crocheting or knitting. I was always sitting on the arm of the chair, drinking her glass of water. She did not like to share her drinks with us kids because we always left “floaties” in her water. I remember her telling us to open our mouths so she could make sure there was no more food in there.

She passed when I was 8 and from there I spent my time with my maternal grandma, Zedith Richmond.  This is the woman who taught me how to cook, and boy could she cook!

The only hobby I remember her being involved with was ceramics. It was our Wednesday night event. Along with grandma, my mom, an aunt, my brother, my cousin and I would meet at the ceramics shop and work on whatever items we were currently involved with. I have one piece left that grandma made, it is a Santa’s workshop with the elves and Mrs. Claus. The workshop has already broken and has been repaired with crazy glue. This year I refused to get it out for Christmas since it is the last item of ceramics I have from her.

My strongest memory of her is our trip to WV in 2004. It was the only “adult” vacation I took with her. This trip was for the Hilton family reunion (her Mom’s family) and so she could show us “home.” I was the only grandchild who took this trip with her and I will treasure the time we spent together, seeing places that were important to her life and meeting friends and family. I really wish some of my cousins would have been able to make this trip. I am thankful to have shared this trip with my two girls  and then to have brought my son to see parts of it in fall of 2009.

I miss both of these special women in my life daily. I would not be the strong woman I am today without either of them.

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