Wednesday, March 28, 2012




I have been examining some photos that were in my dad’s collection.   These seem to be from my grandmothers sister Anna O’Rourke.    They are related but who are they?

Thursday, March 22, 2012


And I am so excited for I have found the marriage date of my great great grandparents,  Thomas Naughton and Catherine Ward.   They were married 12 February 1861, and I have searched and only found two children of this marriage.   First was Mary Naughton born 16 February 1865 and he sister, my great grandmother Bridget, born 23 March 1868.   The sisters emigrated to North Braddock, Pennsylvania in the 1880's and are buried in All Saints Catholic Cemetery in North Braddock PA.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012



Philadelphia Aug 2008 170

This how Al Capone’s cell was furnished at Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia.

I am sure the walls looked better at the time he was incarcerated.

Sunday, March 18, 2012


Obit Charles Anthony Sperl    6 April 1918  Pittsbrugh PostGazette
The Pittsburgh Press,   6 April 1918

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Charles Anthony Sperl and Margaret Thomas Sperl, probable wedding photo.  The  couple were married 12 April 1915 in St. Anthony Roman Catholic Church in Millvale,PA.

Charles died at work in a Railroad accident, both of his legs were traumatically amputated.  This accident occurred five days before the wedding of his brother John Christ Sperl and Mary Irene Stephens.

They had one daughter, Margaret Sperl.   Margaret Thomas Sperl died in1920, cause unknown at this time. I found their daughters name on a deed paper of Charles mother and it had listed the daughter as married to Harry Sumner.  

I am looking forward to the 1940 census to see if I can find information on Margaret and Harry.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012




Thomas Dowd

The expression on his face is priceless.

Monday, March 12, 2012



As usual, I have many things going on about what I want and need to do    My search for the parents for Michael A Coleman and Mary Ann Saylor is still ongoing.   I have enlisted help on this project.   I belong to the NORTH HILLS GENEALOGIST and before each meeting they have a “tiptime” feature.   The moderator puts a second set of eyes on your problem and does a little research of his own.  The meeting is next Tuesday and I am hoping he came up with some ideas or information.  I will get him a gas card because it may involve some travel.   He said he will present this case, so I hope he finds more than I have.

My mystery about my great grandmother’s (Bridget Naughton Dowd) sister,  Mary Naughton Downes is still in my thinking process.    I found her marriage record (Michael Downes)  and Baptism of  six daughters in the Archives of the Diocese of Pittsburgh.   BUT, I can not find them in the 1900 census, it is like the family disappeared off the face of the earth.  

Yesterday I started to sort out my genealogy papers and I came across the Document from the Diocese of Pittsburgh from 2008.    As sponsor from  my grandfather’s brother, Richard Dowd, born in  December 1900 was  Maria Downes.   The census had already been taken at that time, but where was the Downes Family?     Then again, in 1906 I find a sponsor, Maria McCoskey,  who is this Maria??  I searched for the McCoskey Family in the 1910 census but have not found them either.   I have all the other sponsors accounted for,   is she Maria Downes?    My next step will be to contact the cemetery where the families are buried and search for the Downes Family.  

I have started on my organization and put everything in a folder related to each family name.   I will then go and organize each family name folder into Family Groups.    I need more hanging file folders,  I will check to see if anyone has them on sale this week.  I have my email correspondence in another separate binder.  I will leave them in there for now and perhaps forever.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012


Ancestor collage\

I have been working on creating collages,  I am trying to find the best program to do this.  There set of my great grandparents.