Tuesday, May 31, 2011

106th Carnival of Genealogy: Swimsuit Edition

These two handsome gentlemen are Harry Kunze, on the left, and Martin Quinn (Uncle Marty), on the right. They were my great-grandmother Molly Quinn's brother (Marty) and brother-in-law (Harry). Harry was married to Molly's younger sister Helen Quinn. Marty married Elizabeth "Bobbie" Byrnes. My sources (aka my great-uncle, Molly's son) tell me that this picture "was probably taken on Rockaway Beach or some other local beach" - local being local to the NYC area. He estimated it was taken around 1925, which would make Harry Kunze about 26, and Marty about 23. Based on the information they gave in the 1930 census, Harry and Helen would have been married for about a year.

 Of course, my favorite part of this picture is the swimsuits themselves! How cool!

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Where lies Mathew Madigan?

My great-great-great-grandfather was Mathew Madigan. He died 11 September 1892. According to the death notice in the Brooklyn Daily Eagle, he was to be buried at Calvary - that is, Calvary Cemetery in Queens, NY.

According to his death certificate, he was buried at Calvary Cemetery, on 14 September 1892. The undertaker was Jos. L. Hart of 496 Court St.

But according to Calvary Cemetery, who I called this afternoon, they have no record of his being buried there in September of 1892. I'm not sure what to do next.

Monday, May 23, 2011

When a Family History Nerd Gets Married: The Bachelorette Party

I had some misgivings about allowing myself to have a bachelorette party at all. Clubbing and loud music and dancing are not my style. Wearing "BRIDE" or "Last fling before the ring" t-shirts is not my style. Luckily, my fantastic sister had something else altogether in mind: a genealogy-inspired bachelorette party designed just for me!

A normal bachelorette party location:

A Dance Club

My bachelorette party location: A tour of NYC's oldest bars!

Ear Inn (image source)

McSorley's Old Ale House (image source)
Normal bridal party shirt:

Bridesmaid Rhinestone Girly Tank Top, Wedding Tank tops, Small, Black

My bridal party's shirt:

(I think they were making fun of me.)

Bride Rings Rhinestone Girly Tank Top, Large, Black

My shirt:
Probably from here?
It reads:
#1 Leave no stone unturned, unless it is a headstone.
#2 Handwriting legibility is inversely proportionate to a document's importance.
#3 The further away a cemetery or library is, the more awkward the opening ours will be.
#4 The relative you most need to talk with is the one whose funeral you are currently attending.
#5 Wherever you find two or more sibling, there also will you find two or more surname spellings.

Normal bachelorette party pin:

Bachelorette Party Buttons 8ct

My bachelorette party pin:

designed by my awesome sister Laura!

Is my bridal party not obviously the very best ever?

Next time you're in McSorley's look for the "Genealogy is Cool" pin stuck above the door jamb!

And to hearken back to the discussion of making money in genealogy, I know a maid of honor who might be able to make a living as a genealogy-themed party planner!

(Several of the links in this post are Amazon.com affiliate links.)
(Cross-posted at When Hoya Met Saxa)