At an early age of seventeen years old, I had the opportunity as the Chief Squire of Readville Massachusetts Circle 525, a junior order of the Knights of Columbus, to be appointed as the Mayor of Boston, Massachusetts for one day under the authority of Boston’s Mayor John B. Hynes. Mayor Hynes instituted the Mayor … [Read more…]
The tragedy of losing your mother can never be explained. The hurt and loss at a young age of a child can remain for years. And understanding why it happened is still another alien emotion that any youngster can suffer. Such a tragedy happened in December 1963 to an Army husband and four young children … [Read more…]
This blog will be the product of the writings of John D Hannigan as he reminises on his years growing up in Readville, leaving Readville for the US Army, various military assignments and duty around the World and stories about his family life.
I have missed every goal for this week in posting something. I had planned to write something daily that would encourage the hunt for ancestors and while I was formulating topics in my head, they never did get transferred to paper. But the week has not been a total waste. I have connected with a … [Read more…]
You have to admit that when you have been doing research on your family tree for a long time, well, you gather a lot of paper. When my dad started his research in the mid-1950s, there was no internet. As he traveled, the telephone book in the nightstand next to the bed was really the … [Read more…]
Let’s face it! We all start with two parents and four grandparents – except in blended types of families that is. And the number doubles as you move further back in generations.
Something a parent should never have to do is to bury their child. Whether due to sickness, injury or accident, it is something that is never expected.
All families are grafted from two branches. Where these branches meet you find one family tree. Then the one family tree is grafted together with another branch to make another family. And before long, especially with a big family, you have a full bush.
The year was 1900 and the residents of the Mott Haven community in North New York City were preparing for the 12th Census of the US. The area was quite different than it is today. Now, over 110 years later, what did neighbors know about their family connections? The answer to the question is obscure … [Read more…]
In the group of Ireland Catholic Parish Registers released the National Library of Ireland in 2016, was found an entry for Patrick Hannigan being baptized on March 6, 1838. He was the son of Cornelius Hannigan and Mary Riordan of County Limerick in the parish of Bulgaden. Parish baptismal records also provided information showing at … [Read more…]