Wednesday, September 30, 2009

The stuff Genealogical Dreams are made of:

Report of 1955 jet being found, stirs memories

AP – This undated photo provided by John Walker shows a diver at the site of a wreck of a Lockheed-Martin …
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Associated Press Writer Raquel Maria Dillon, Associated Press Writer – Wed Sep 30, 6:27 am ET
LOS ANGELES – A historian's report that the wreckage of an Air Force jet lost at sea 54 years ago has been found off the Southern California coast brought a surge of emotions for Thomas Theiler, 77, a retired executive and former Air Force pilot.

Theiler's older brother, Richard Martin Theiler, was in the front seat of a Lockheed-Martin T-33A that went missing just after take-off from the Los Angeles International Airport on Oct. 15, 1955.

Aviation archeologist G. Pat Macha said Tuesday that he and a group of volunteers found Theiler's plane underneath 100 feet of water earlier this month.

When Theiler, of Savannah, Ga., was informed, he was shocked to find himself grieving for his brother all over again, 54 years later.

"He was five years older than me, a good athlete and everyone loved him, so there was a lot of hero worship involved," said Thomas Theiler, who followed his older brother into the Air Force. "He probably got his wings two years before I did. We were buddies."

Macha, 63, is an amateur historian who collects documents about military plane crashes. He is heading up a search for another historic wreck in Santa Monica Bay, a plane flown by a female World War II pilot who disappeared in 1944.

In April, a sonar survey turned up another missing aircraft, and Macha said he identified it by matching Air Force records to the serial number on a piece of the wreckage that the salt water had spared.

The Joint Prisoner of War/Missing in Action Command says it appears likely Macha's finding on the Air Force jet lost at sea 54 years ago are correct, but Lt. Col. Wayne Perry says the command plans to investigate further and determine whether the water is shallow enough to recover the wreckage.

Thomas Theiler said his brother had a wife and a 6-month-old son. Both died years ago.

The younger Theiler also lost a close friend from flight school that day, Lt. Paul Dale Smith, who was in the cockpit. Smith and the elder Theiler were training to fly with the Aerospace Defense Command and practicing navigation and night flying.

Los Angeles County sheriff's Lt. Jack Ewell said his department notified Theiler.

"It's particularly shocking because it's so long ago. It's not like people are just sitting and waiting for news," Ewell said.

Divers are examining the site, but there's only a remote chance that they'll find personal effects, remains or any clue about why the plane went down, he said.

The plane had just departed in bad weather bound for its base in Yuma, Ariz., but the pilots didn't make contact after they cleared the clouds.

At his base in Minneapolis, Theiler got word that his brother and friend were missing and a commander gave him a plane to fly to Yuma and wait for news.

"A pickup drove up with a wheel that a lifeguard found. It was from a military aircraft and they don't just float up onto the beach. So we knew what happened," Theiler said.

Macha said Theiler and his daughter got emotional when he spoke with them on the phone.

Theresa Morton, of Lake Forest, Ill., the dead pilot's niece, grew up imagining her uncle living on a desert island with his friend Smith.

She said she was grateful to Macha for helping write a closing chapter to her family history.

"This news has rocked our world, but on the other hand, it's really neat," she said. "I've been pulling out all the family photos, my dad's fighter wings, to show to my kids. It makes for wonderful family time."


Associated Press Writer Christina Hoag contributed to this story.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Elvis has left the building...

Topic: A wee break, sort of.
Family Name Associations: All
Location: Barrie, Ontario
Mood: Tired. I'm having coffee.

It's that time of year again. The one where I smile at all the genealogy going on, and take a step back to go make sure no one is spending this Halloween naked.
This year's theme is Faeries and Mythological Creatures.

We had to open it up a bit from Faeries and Gnomes because of the amount of people participating this year... There's going to be a ton of us. It's going to be one heck of a party!

Anyways... In my self imposed absence, Mark will mostly be dealing with things. Records, any e-mail I just can't get to and whatnot.

I'd like to take a moment this morning to say a huge thank you to cousin Lee from BC, who provided us with a ton of records this morning that all link into the Keffer tree... They're amazing, and so are you Lee!
We still haven't fixed what's going on at the top of the Keffer tree, and apparently the Bakers are having the same issue. We're also noticing hiccups with 'notes' and all that's on Mark's plate now :)

We also have some work to do on the Campbell/Canuel line. There's some questions there about a native link to the MicMac tribe, some interesting family stories... We have work to do, that's for sure! Right after Christmas is going to be a very, very busy time around here. Yeah, like it's not always busy, I know!
But a thanks again to cousin Cheryl for all those interesting hints... I can't wait to dig in and start getting more information :)

Oh and if there's anything big, Mark or Jimothy will post it... Did I get it right this time? Jimothy?
Good times.

Alright... I'll be back! Terminator style ;)

Monday, September 21, 2009

Thanks :)

Topic: Just a few notes and a pile of thanks...
Family Name Associations: O'Neill, McKenna, Lequyer, Bentley/Walker and probably a ton more I'm forgetting.
Location: Barrie, Ontario
Mood: Hungry
Music: Jordan Sparks - Battlefield

Okay... So. I have been way, far too busy. I've been ignoring things and it's just getting into our busy month so I'm going to do this now before something happens and I can't. In the shuffle, I'm scared I've been remiss in my job to say Thank You. First off, I need to talk about this amazing team of people I work with on a daily basis. And this is going to be a major post, because seriously... I am so, so blessed with the people that grace my life and make up the family I'm so proud to be a part of.

When we say we work together, I don't think anyone can grasp the level of communication, effort, and stupidly hard work that every person on this team puts forth... Between msn chats, sticky notes, just plain old fashioned talking (Even if it's on the phone!) we probably work 20 hour days on most days... No time off. Even when it's odd google searches for obits.
I'd like to personally thank each and every one of you for your dedication, your heart, your courage to go beyond stigma and limits... You friggin' rock. You amaze me, you all deserve awards for putting yourselves out there... For going above and beyond. You honour me by being my friends, my family, and the team I'm apart of.
Thank you so, so much. From the bottom of my heart. You are amazing. I love you :)

We've had a small advance on the O'Neill, Clement tree, and I need to say thank you to cousin Cheryl for the Trihey tip. Today we put Mary O'Neill as one of Catherine O'Neill's sisters (Catherine wife of Israel Clement) And I don't know if there's a link to our Bridget O'Neill in all of this or not (So many O'Neills, so little time) But to think this is information that hasn't seen light since 1900, that's awesome! So to cousin Cheryl and her work, her guts to contact us and for all of her help... I can't wait to see what the future holds for these lines! I'm so convinced we'll have it mapped out in ways even we can't imagine.
Thank you, so much for your efforts.

To cousin Joan in Chicago, who I just haven't had time to connect with further... It's going to happen! I know we're all interested in getting to know you and your O'Neill descendants better. We can't wait to see what's what!
One thing is for sure, we're going to get to Chicago sooner or later.

To cousin Richard who has helped us put faces to two of the most valuable people in our tree... To him for believing the Lequyer family was worth his research and his time through and through. You rock! You're amazing... Thank you so, so much for caring. You've preserved our family history, you could not give anyone a greater gift.

To cousin Marilyn... Geez, I can post this over and over and never get tired. I know there's a pile of documents and photos waiting for uploading... Your positive attitude has probably encouraged me 100 times, especially when I feel like giving up. I so hope that Art knows how special this connection to you has been for me, if it weren't for him I wouldn't have known where to start, and if it wasn't for you, I wouldn't have pushed to understand more.
You are an inspiration, your kindness touches the future in ways you can't imagine. Thank you.

To cousin Lee in BC, thank you for all your help, your offers for books and just putting yourself out there to get in touch with us. It really, really is all about connections.

To our Aunt Linda, who works tirelessly, who always, always has a kind word or a helping hand. Thank you so much! You added to our lives when you started in on genealogy, and we are so glad to have you... The Boxalls exist, and we're going to find every single one of them. After all, we're the oldest we've ever been and we're just getting started - LOL!

To cousins Claire and Frank, and cousin Patrick... You guys are so cool, seriously! Thank you, thank you, thank you. For everything from photos, to your open, loving hearts. This last weekend was stunning, I'm still not recovered from the sheer open, loving generosity you had for us. I wish there was some way to show you how special and amazing you are. Ireland 2011! (Hey, we have to have dreams, right?)

I'm probably forgetting people. I might add a new blog thingy in the title about who I need to say thanks to per post, really... There are so many contributions, I wish I could take you all out for dinner or something to say thanks... Even that wouldn't be enough. You guys, are in a word, awesome!

It's all about sharing the love!

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Diva in the Family

Topic: Diva in the Family

Saidah Baba Talibah, is Jake’s cousin. She’s got an energetic stage presence, and a voice that could tame a savage beast.
Raw, pure, dynamic and so many other words describe this Artist. She’s working on releasing her first Album. An indy artist needs as much exposure as possible, and she’s even more special because she’s family. She’s one of the hardest working people we know and are very proud of her.
She comes by her music honestly, as her mother was the incomparable Salome Bey, and was her biggest influence growing up. Check her out at Blog, and also on Youtube and Facebook. One listen and we were hooked, and not just because she’s family. ;)

My super super super long never ending day!

Topic: The Day that will never END...
Family Name Associations: McKenna, Keffer
Location: Aurora, Ontario
Mood: Super exhausted - Been trying to get to bed for HOURS...
Music: Taylor Swift - Love Story

We had the most excellent meeting of cousins today with Claire and Frank! It was insane, there were a million crazy coincidences, and I am just so happy with how the whole day went. There were a million connections, things that I guess, family has that we didn't even realize we had...
Hehehe... Ireland in June might be something I beg Santa for!
I'm still so stuck on the Buddha with his hands in the air! I can't wait for more visits, really, we had a blast, Mum was just laughing, even later, over the crazy similarities.

I'm finding myself wishing tonight that this whole 'family' thing was always so much fun... I don't think people realize how often it's walking a fine line between playing historians, psychologists and genealogists. I think we should have a title like 'Humanists'! We don't just put history together, we put lives together. And we reconnect family.
That's a big deal.

We had so much McKenna progress today, really I can't even convey it... We're so far behind with uploading that I'm worried a long winter won't be long enough. It could always be winter, at this rate, and we'd still be behind. Oh well... we'll give it 20 years right Jules? LOL

We heard back from the Artist of Adam Keffer's window about his sources, and I'm looking forward at following the leads... It might have us headed back to Ottawa.
They're so cool, really, the entire lot of those window artists rock... I love the stained glass! LA and I always talk about trying to learn how to do something simple for fun, there's just something spiritual about windows...
We'll do that in our spare time... Right! ;)

Oh, Hans - Johann - Adam Keffer, Lee was kind enough to point out we've done something to the top of that poor Keffer tree. I'm not sure what right now... We're looking into it. I'm thinking I might have erased something, and possibly merged two families.
Hehehe... Mark always tells me not to bang my head against the keyboard!

Holy COWS it is so late. I've got to go to bed. No more ordering sequins from ebay! LOL Thanks Jake. We're going to shimmer like ROCKSTARS!

Goodnight world...

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

I'm am SO not friggin' amused!!!!!!!

Topic: I'm having a COW. This is a RANT.
Family Name Associations: Every person who was born, lived or died in Quebec... Names like Lecuyer, LaLonde, Page, Bedard, I could go on and on and on.
Location: I'm in Barrie right now.
Mood: Totally friggin' MAD.
Music: Beyonce - If I were a Boy

Okay... Deep breath, and I'm trying to speak slowly, in small words.

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I've been busy. Okay, we've all been crazy, stupidly busy. Look at me trying to write everything all nice without cussing. Sorry, for the upstanding folks who are reading this and trying to get over my potty mouth - I'm really, really mad.

You know when your kid does something really nasty, and doesn't tell you, and it just compounds it because they didn't tell you?

I don't make sure is doing it's job. I'm a busy, busy girl. I have four children, 3 cats, 2 dogs and fish. I have a family to feed, clothe and make sure is on time, because the heavens forbid I miss something I've said I'll do. It's also almost Halloween, we hand make our costumes every year and host a bit of an open house. Just one of our little traditions...
Trust me, I'm thinking about Walmart and some 10 dollar flimsy costume more and more these days.
I work with a team of 8 people, across Canada on genealogy, between us, that's 8 trees with various connections. We are constantly working. Rarely a day goes by that we are not making some sort of addition of family information or records.

We pay $30 a month for a subscription that I don't make sure is working. I type in my search, find the record, go on my way. How DARE they not make some sort of mass public announcement saying that the records we use are unavailable because THEY have failed their contractual obligations???

I want a refund for this past month, who only knows what searches I've preformed that didn't come up with results because I didn't know what to be looking for!
I want them to sort this out yesterday, because they make a fortune with this stupid nonsense and the fact that they're quibbling over pennies makes me insane... And I want a frigging apology and to be notified the next time they decide a huge alteration like this isn't going to affect my bloody research!

If didn't do what they said they were going to do, they need to hire some people and get it done, and get this issue solved. What about everything in our shoeboxes? Heaven forbid, all those people who've uploaded their TREES??? Have they lost everything? Think about it a second... Every linked document out of Quebec... How many trees that we work with will be affected???

Ancestry said they could do something, and they didn't do it. Well I think someone has to hold them accountable, but not at the expense of our research. Hit them where it hurts, make them PAY... But put the documents back up while they're paying for it. Because we're paying for it now, not them... I can promise you that no one sitting on that website is crushed right now because they don't know who Francis Walker McKenna is, but if I don't find out soon my opportunity to commemorate his life might never happen.

We don't get paid for what we do. We don't make a single cent on the information we slave over. We actually pay for it, and it's bloody expensive. This is information that I, personally think is vitally important, and I know my team feels the same way. These people all lived and died, and we've done nothing but throw them in the dirt with vague stone references to who they were or what they accomplished... That's if they got a stone in the first place.
For the first time in human history, it's possible to record our genealogy, our personal family history in a manner that reflects a possibility of preservation for future generations. It can't be destroyed in fire, it can't be thrown out by the generation that doesn't care for it. With proper precautions, it can't be deleted or 'lost'.
We can contact long lost cousins by e-mail, phone or message board. We can find each other, find links, finds roots with so much as the push of a button... And it's not just family history, it's medical understanding and genetics...

I'd like some common courtesy from the tools we depend on - After all,, you got to where you are from our hard earned dollars paying your way. And above all of this, I'd like a little respect for that fact that even the most amateur genealogist is working towards doing something that has been completely unaccomplished in human history. It might not sound as exciting as space travel or finding new planets... But maybe understanding THIS planet and the people on it is a vital importance that shouldn't be over looked.

I have updates to post, but I'm so irritated nothing would come out right, so I'm going to leave it for tonight... I'll be back when I can look at anything without swearing.

Friday, September 11, 2009

Quick Update before Bed :)

Topic: Photo-bar gets names!
Family Name Associations: All of them!
Location: Barrie, Ontario, Canada
Mood: Super happy :)
Music: Earth Wind and Fire - September (Thanks to Beth!)

We have a lovely little update to make. Aunt Linda suggested we add 'names' to the photographs we use in our bar along our main tree page on, and it took Mark a while to figure it all out... But finally tonight, with the help of Phil the Vulcan of Pointy Eared Code Knowledge, they got it working!

So now, when you scan along the image on our tree pages... Names for each photo in the blend bar we have there come up, so everyone knows who's who!

Thanks to Aunt Linda for the suggestion, cause I didn't even think of it, and uber thanks to Phil for his insight into evil code...
And big huge kisses for Markus for working so hard on this for so long. It was a little job with big time and effort and it looks awesome! Yay! We have people with names :)

Monday, September 7, 2009

Home again home again...

Topic: An update from home.
Family Name Associations: Keffer, McKenna, Walker/Bentley, McKenna & Bandes through Chicago...
Location: Barrie, Ontario
Mood: Productive, I have coffee :)
Music: Johnny Reid - Dance with Me (He ROCKS! Absolutely the best.)

So... We're doing a little work on uncooperative computers this afternoon. Frontpage and Win7 don't like each other so we're going to try to make this work a wee bit more smoothly. Once that's done we should be able to put up our page for Adam Keffer with all our smarmy new photos of his window.
We drove over 1600kms this weekend. We saw St. Peter's in Ottawa, St. Michel's in Vaudreuil... We touched some pretty important grass on Mount Royal. We have over 1200 photos. What a huge accomplishment. And my parents... What amazing people. For them to pick up cameras and take photos right along with me, for them to take this huge trip to hunt for more information! I have an amazing family :)
The people from St. Peter's in Ottawa were so welcoming, so helpful... What an outstanding effort on their part! Really... We came out of this feeling so enriched. Oh and the women of the church are making quilts, old style, like what Aunt Elsie used to make... One quilt for every family who lost someone in Afghanistan. How amazing is that? What a stunning gift... Really, an amazing group of people.

We had huge issues with the gps this weekend, nothing worked - Admittedly it SO could have been user error, but I ended up with a general lack of coordinates and Mark's going to have to spend some time figuring out exactly how I went wrong there.

We've talked more about putting up a stone in Notre Dame Cote des Neiges... We know we have to find out first if a platform can even be erected in that grave site. It entails digging four feet into the ground and that thought is a little unnerving... Considering the grave was purchased in 1861 and a lot of the people in there were children and infants... I have concerns about how deep people were buried in the first place.
Even if there was something with the McKenna name on it, I'd feel... better. I think we all would. But now at least we understand why Gran and her siblings never thought to be upset about there being no monument - They thought there were monuments. No one knew the grave is unmarked now.
The cemetery folks, they were just amazing, I have to write that. The girl at the desk, I never did get her name, was phenomenal. She answered every question, drew us maps repeatedly. I know people get paid to do their job, but when they go beyond that, and she really did, it deserves mention.
I think it was a part of our trip that brought up more questions than answers, and we have a lot of leg work to do now to try and find out more about everything...
I said to everyone when I got home...
As much as we know, there is so little we know.

Jake's working today on the McKenna Bandes connection in Chicago. We have people married and living and no names! Once he's cracked the case of Sarah McKenna, we'll know more.

Cousin Marilyn has been sending me information and updates, she's so awesome :) I keep thinking how happy Grandpa would be that her and I managed to find each other. She's helping with sorting out all the Walker and Bentley confusion... Look for tree updates on that line as soon as I can manage it.

I think I packed 6 months of research into 3 days at this point. There is so much to DO... And with the kids going back to school tomorrow, I'll have more time to sort, to organize and maybe, vaguely attempt to get my act together!
Never mind getting the German translations up on the site, that's going to happen as soon as we can get a group meeting together :)

All in all, we're going like mad with no end in sight. Rock on CSGS!

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Correspondence from Montreal

Topic: The busiest trip EVER...
Family Name Associations: McKenna, LaLonde, Lecuyer
Location: Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Mood: Exhausted!
Music: Crazy elevator music on speaker phone.

Mum is on hold so we've got some lovely elevator music playing. WOW... My mind is spinning. Okay, so...
We left Ottawa about 8am, I didn't write yesterday because it was a whole lot of driving. Exciting, but driving.... We had dinner last night, and we went to the memorial of the Unknown Soldier... That was pretty major. There was a stunning festival of lights thing happening at the Parliament building. I have photos :)

This morning we checked out St. Peter's Lutheran Church but it was closed as we'd expected.

We took some location shots though, I'm looking forward to going back on Sunday to get shots of the window.
We drove to Quebec, and just sort of saw the sign for Vaudreuil on the way in, Mum remembered going there when she was younger to visit family. So we stopped there because I had a map (Thanks Mark and Jake!) saying St. Michel's in Vaudreuil was a major spot... And wow was it ever. A huge amount of photos... Probably 85% of the cemetery. At least one Emry LaLonde there... Lots and lots to do when we get home. LaLonde and Lecuyers both, Chabot, Chavriel...

We continued to Montreal, had lunch in Old Montreal... And went on to Notre Dame Cote des Neiges.
I have to admit, this afternoon was emotional, confusing and somewhat frustrating. First off, I'm so glad I was there with my parents. Because it was supportive and good that way for us to be there together. But really, when Patrick said there was nothing there... I honestly thought he meant nothing for Leonard. I did not think I'd be going to see a big patch of grass.
I have a photograph you see, of a small iron fence, and the stones that are supposed to be there. I'll post it, just to prove I'm not daft.
And I checked with cousins all around to confirm it wasn't anyone else in the family. And Mum even called Aunt Shirley and confirmed, sure enough, that's what is supposed to be there.
And nothing. No record of anything being there at all. It's absolutely nutso.
William John McKenna and Mary Ann Stafford have a lovely monument... Over in another section, but even then, I'm so confused. Two of the children in the McKenna plot were theirs. Why are there no stones?
And if James McKenna is indeed in Notre Dame verses being in Chicago like we thought, um, hello??? The man won the Stanley Cup, two times. It wasn't a financial thing, we have their income statements from the census... I mean, really? Really? What is going on here? And there were stones, but who's and what they said is apparently beyond me... All of us even. Bah. I'm just not sure where to go from here. Obviously talks about putting up a monument are in the works... But paying for that is huge, it's not a small space, you're talking a lot of effort. And what should it say?
Wow. Just wow. So much to think about. Thomas bought the plot in 1861 but isn't buried in it. It just gets more and more crazy the more I think about it.
I'm going to dinner now, maybe for a carriage ride... Something fun and happy :)
I'll see you all soon!

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Montreal here we come!

Topic: Mass insanity.
Family Name Associations: McKenna, Keffer, Lequyer, LaLonde and anyone out of Quebec, so half our trees at least. Eckert...
Location: I'm in Barrie until Friday around noon.
Mood: Exhausted and excited
Music: Whitney Houston - All At Once

So I'm going to take a little road trip with my parents.

My birthday is coming up rather quickly. And as a super fun time, my mum and dad decided it would be a good time to take me tromping through old churches, graveyards and in general, Ottawa and Montreal.
I'm soooooo excited :)
There's so much going on right now it's hard to organize my thoughts. We're printing maps, making sure everything is working and the gps is good to go.
Jake's uploading my playlists so the tunes can keep on rolling.

We're going to have luck with the McKennas, and therefore the Lequyers as well. Not to mention we're going to be where most of our families immigrated to and spent a good 200 some odd years marrying and having descendants! Woohoo!
Notre Dame Cote des Neiges... I'm going to go snap happy. I'm going to try and do drive-bys of St. Patricks, St. Michels and St. Agnes... Not to mention Notre Dame. And maybe some of the places Mum grew up, but we'll see how far we get. I'm going with the mentality that anything we see is something I haven't seen yet (Or since I was so much younger we're not even going to go there)... And it will be a good happy healing thing to see the places Gran lived.

Kev has had major progress with getting the Eckert German tree we had translated to english. As soon as we can start adding the new additions and photos, we'll be on it. With the kids going back to school this coming week it's looking promising.

We got permission from St. Peter's in Ottawa to come in and take pictures of the Adam Keffer stained glass window there. We're looking at doing that on Sunday.

I'm debating taking the scanner. It's not huge but I hate carrying... But what if I need it? Argh... Decisions.
I'm going to try and blog on the road as much as possible. One of those portable sticks would be nice... I really need a fairy genealogist godmother!
:) That's all for tonight. Lots and lots more to come!

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Ah, 3am posts... They're becoming a bad habit.

Topic: Posting practices, McKenna information, The closing of the Rocky Mountain Times... and so on and so forth...
Family Name Associations: McKenna
Location: Barrie, Ontario
Mood: Doing good ;)
Music: Colbie Caillat - Fallin' for You

Lots of records adds tonight... Mostly in the McKenna tree. I'm so far behind in gravestone adds I've stopped, and therefore Jules is behind... But since she's slammed at work as well as in research, she is probably glad I'm not sending more her way.

My personal favourite for tonight's adds was the obituary for Thomas Edward McKenna out of the New York Times, published 12 March 1906. And I quote:

THOMAS E. McKENNA, managing editor of The Rocky Mountain News and of The Denver Times, died on Saturday night at a Denver (Col.) hospital of heart disease, age 45. He was born in Montreal, Canada, and for four years was secretary and manager of the Shamrock lacrosse team, which held the championship of Canada and England. Mr. McKenna had been connected with The News for seventeen years, and managing editor of the paper for the last ten years.

I remember in the news when the Rocky Mountain News shut down, how I watched the clip in complete ignorance as to the future impact it would have on my life. If I'd been 10 years earlier in the progress we've made with this research, we would have known, there would have been someone to ask... And now, of course we just wish we could have been so ahead of our time!

I'm going to push to give Mr. Boylan a call tomorrow... And we found a connection through the O'Neill side on FindAGrave tonight we're going to drop a line to, Caldwell side... Didn't even realize we had a Caldwell side until this week!
Kev's not having any luck dating the two boys with the guns in that old photo. He'd thought maybe it was older than we had originally thought, maybe some sort of Civil War, Union pose... The rifles are (possibly fake) flint locks... In my uneducated way, I get they're really old guns! Anyways, he's going to plug away at it and see if we can't place those two boys.

Oh and I made some updates to the Shamrock team page, now that we know who's who... I have another photo of James Henry (Jim) McKenna I'll upload before I pretend to sleep tonight.
I think that covers everything we're sort of going at... Oh, I have a fun blog coming in the morning... We had a great dinner with the Cox family the other night and there's some cool stuff from that - I have to get some help from Jake to post it all.

Okay, so that's that. :) Updated!