Dads friends circa 1940
Yesterday was my day at the Archives and the request pile is getting larger. There are seven volunteers and yesterday I found out that there are 78 requests. We all routinely go in one day a week, when you volunteer you make your own hours. I, and some of the others, also put in another day of research I think the deluge of requests is because of the recent interest in Genealogy and the shows on TV.
I was speaking to a librarian and they said that about three hundred fifty hours of research goes into the making of one of the shows. The problem with the shows is that it seems like you can call the library and ask them to get all of your information, put it in a folder and all you have to do it pick it up.
Yesterday I did work for three clients, so I guess it is now down to 75 and then I have to add in the number of request that arrived yesterday.
People complain that they are charged for the search, well I will tell all and let others know that the money you send goes to maintaining the Archives and the old books that are falling apart. They need to be restored and rebound and the cost is not cheap. Why is it that people want everything for nothing?
I checked my email on Friday and found a pleasant surprise. I had an email from a cousin who found me by reading this very blog. That was a fantastic surprise. Her grandmother was a sibling of my grandfather Thomas Dowd.
We have corresponded and are exchanging pictures and information. The best so far is the fact that another cousin of hers had sent her information of our Great Grandmother Bridget Naughton. It appears that Bridget did indeed have an identical twin, name of Katherine. I found Irish records of Mary and Bridget but not Katherine. I am now supposing that it was an error in recording. On Bridget's death certificate it had listed Norah Nee as mother, but I had the Baptismal Record stating Thomas Naughton and Catherine Ward. Did Catherine died in childbirth or shortly thereafter the birth? I had a theory that Catherine had died and perhaps it will be proved true.
I had been searching for confirmation of a twin birth since I have heard about it from my dad and another descendant of the original Dowd Siblings (my grandfathers brother John). So off to the races with that one.
Also listed was a sister, Maria Downs, Norah Connelly, Margaret Naughton, and brothers Dudley and Joseph. I had found and researched Mary Downs in the records of the Archives of the Diocese of Pittsburgh. Mary and her husband Michael are still an enigma.
Norah Connelly, Margaret Naughton and Dudley Naughton were listed as sponsors for the Dowd and Downs children in the records of St. Thomas RC Church in Braddock PA. More research to be done to gather the information on the other five siblings.