Tuesday, June 19, 2012




This is another photo from my cousin Erin O’Donnell.    From the style of her dress I would estimate that the date of this pictures is in the late 1890’s.   Bridget would have been about thirty to thirty five at that time.   To me she appears to be pregnant.

I am thinking that the children in the photo are top left to right, Catherine born 1893,  Thomas  born 1891 or John born 1896, Norah born1896 and Mary born 1898.   If she were pregnant that would be her son Richard born 1900.

My grandfather Thomas would have been about eight at the time the photo was taken and John would have been three to four.   I think it is Thomas my grandfather.  Mary looks like she is about to escape.  

Erin told me that the Dowd’s  did not take very many pictures,   I am glad that trait escaped me.

Sunday, June 17, 2012



Thomas/Gerda/Claludia/Tommy Dowd c. 1950  Monroeville PA

My dad circa 1959, with me, my mother and brother.  He must have said something funny to get us to look at him.

Thomas Dowd b. 1891  d.1921

My grandfather and my father circa 1918.

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My grandfather circa 1935.

Anna Bartels, Maria Korbach Bartels, Daniel Mathias Bartels c 1910

My great grandmother, grandmother and great  grandfather, circa 1910.

Anna Hackmann and Frederick Schridde circa 1890

My great grandparents (Schridde) circa 1890?

Claudia Dowd Sperl and Charles Sperl

My husband and I.   Not the best picture…

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Volant Family picnic August162008 021



Patrick and Ellen MARTEL O'Rourke



Thursday, June 14, 2012




Is it Bridget and Catherine or Catherine and Bridget?   After a long time searching I have found a picture of my great grandmother and her twin sister.    My father was correct when he said he could not tell them apart.   Bridget is my great grandmother and I had heard rumor of a  twin but I discovered the rumor was true a few months ago.  

The only great grandparent I need a picture of now is Bridget’s husband Thomas Dowd.


Picture from the collection of my newly found cousin Erin O’Donnell, Bridget was her great grandmother too.   Thank you Erin.