Irish

Nebraska Man, Leo Amen, Cuts Off Own Finger To Free Self From Plow (1936)

Nebraska Man, Leo Amen, Cuts Off Own Finger To Free Self From Plow (1936)

In 1936, Leo Marcus Amen (1912-1994), a Nebraskan farmer, was faced with the unenviable task of using a jackknife to amputate his own finger that had become caught in a plow. He is my 3rd cousin 2x removed. This is his story.

Blind Man Marries Wife, Sight Unseen: Padraig Hanley (abt. 1810) - 4th Great Grandfather

Blind Man Marries Wife, Sight Unseen: Padraig Hanley (abt. 1810) - 4th Great Grandfather

Blind from a mining accident in Ireland, Padraig Hanley (abt. 1810) was my 4th great grandfather. This is his story.

The Psychogenealogist Pic of the Week (#79) - Blarney Romany Caravans, Ireland 1971

The Psychogenealogist Pic of the Week (#79) - Blarney Romany Caravans, Ireland 1971

In 1971 my grandparents took a trip to Ireland. Blarney was one of their many stops in County Cork and adjoining areas. I just love this photo of a horse drawn Blarney Romany Caravan they saw along the way.

My 3rd Great Grandfather, Denis Uonhi (also Green and O'Sullivan), of Ballydonegan, County Cork, Ireland (b. 1810)

My 3rd Great Grandfather, Denis Uonhi (also Green and O'Sullivan), of Ballydonegan, County Cork, Ireland (b. 1810)

Born around 1810 Denis Uonhi (also Green and O'Sullivan) is my 3rd great grandfather. He made his family home in beautiful Ballydonegan, County Cork, Ireland. This is his story.

Chicago Boy Becomes Broadcasting Legend: Quin Augustus Ryan (1898-1978)

Chicago Boy Becomes Broadcasting Legend: Quin Augustus Ryan (1898-1978)

Quin A. Ryan (1898-1978) is the most famous relative I’ve written about so far. He was a Chicago native and broadcasting legend. He is also my 2nd cousin 2x removed. Here is his story.

From Pew to Bar and Back Again: John "Jack" Hanley (1885-1946)

From Pew to Bar and Back Again: John "Jack" Hanley (1885-1946)

Whether praying in the pews or tending the family bar, John "Jack" Hanley (1885-1946) was a man of faith and familial duty. This is his story.  

 

"Fatally Mangled By Train" - James Hanley (1888-1908)

"Fatally Mangled By Train" - James Hanley (1888-1908)

Though likely not THE train that killed my 2nd great uncle, James Hanley (1888-1909), one like it from the same railroad company probably did. This is his story.

 

"The Quietest One of All" - Patrick Hanley (1887-1937)

"The Quietest One of All" - Patrick Hanley (1887-1937)

Patrick Hanley (1887-1937) is my 2nd great uncle. By all accounts he was a quiet and well liked man. This is his story, with a first hand audio account from people who knew him. 

The Tragic Death of Julia Kelly (1869-1941) by Fire in Atlantic Mine, Michigan

The Tragic Death of Julia Kelly (1869-1941) by Fire in Atlantic Mine, Michigan

This is the surprising story about my 2nd great aunt, Julia Kelly (1869-1941), and her tragic death by fire in Atlantic Mine, MI. {with audio}

Photo: The Mystery Monkey of Manistique

Photo: The Mystery Monkey of Manistique

Have you ever opened a tattered shoebox of old family photographs? Or discovered a sepia toned image poking out the back of the family bible that has been tucked away in your attic for decades?

Blind Cornelius Kelly and the Beauty of Gaelic Prayer

Blind Cornelius Kelly and the Beauty of Gaelic Prayer

Cornelius Kelly (“Uncle Con” to those few remaining in my life who remember him) was born on December 8, 1872, in Atlantic Mine, Michigan, heart of the “Copper Country” mining industry in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. This area was the home to many Irish immigrant families like my own.