24 March 2017

Friday Funny

As a youngster my grandmother would sometimes bring me to the cemetery when I asked her. Not yet old enough to drive, I remember loading shovels into her car to help turn over stones that had fallen. My grandfather said "we'd be arrested for digging up graves." This comic was found on Pinterest.com.



21 March 2017

Tombstone Tuesday : Joseph Kline Emmet

This week's Tombstone Tuesday is on the mausoleum vault of Irish-American Joseph Kline Emmet (1841-1891). His family vault is located in Albany Rural Cemetery. Emmet was a stage actor who successfully promoted Germanism in the Albany theatre and stage. Emmet became known as the originator of German dialect comedy. His performances combined graceful dancing, singing of sentimental or comic songs, and yodeling. Emmet became enormously popular in December 1869, when he created a character known as “Fritz Von Vonderblenkenstoffen” in a show called Fritz, Our Cousin German. The performance returned to Albany for an eleven day run at the Academy of Music in April 1870.[1] On October 18, 1870, Emmet again returned to Albany, this time at the Trimble Opera House, with his performance of Fritz. He had just completed seventy-five consecutive nights at Wallack’s in New York City. The Albany Argus advertised the show as a “magnificent reception of the talented young comedian, Mr. Joseph K. Emmet… in his great specialty of the German Emigrant… in which he will introduce songs, dances, and instrumental solos.…”[2] Emmet made Albany his permanent home in 1882. He erected a mansion on Van Rensselaer Boulevard known as “Fritz Villa.” Later, his former property was transformed into Wolfert’s Roost Country Club.[3] The former Laughlin Street in North Albany was renamed to Emmet Street in honor of Albany’s celebrated performer in June 1879.

Emmet vault


Peek inside the Emmet vault




[1] Phelps, Players of a Century, p. 305. Albany Argus, April 20, 1870, 1:9.
[2] Albany Argus, October 18, 1870, 1:9.
[3] Reynolds, Albany Chronicles, p. 722. Howell and Tenney, eds., History of the County of Albany, N. Y., pp. 706-707.

18 March 2017

Saturday's Society : International German Genealogy Partnership

The International German Genealogy Partnership's slogan is " Uniting German Genealogy Researchers Worldwide." The IGGP is a group of partner societies interested in German Genealogy. The partnership is a network to share ideas, contacts, research information and resources to help our members trace their Germanic heritage wherever it is found.



The IGGP facilitates German genealogy research globally as the internationally recognized federation of German genealogy organizations. IGGP was formerly known as German-American Genealogical Partnership (GAGP).

The IGGP has a new website and will be hosting its first conference at the Minneapolis Marriott Northwest on 28-30 July 2017. Registration for 2017 Conference has begun. Register now for best pricing. Prices will go up.

17 March 2017

Happy St. Patrick's Day

Happy St. Patrick's Day! Here is a throwback picture supposedly from the first St. Patrick's Day parade in Albany. Walter A. Sheahan, my grandmother's first cousin was the parade Grand Marshall.

Walter A. Sheahan

Blog Anniversary

Just a quick note that tomorrow, 18 March 2017 this blog will be three years old. Until recently I have not been posting articles as regularly as I should have. Hopefully my momentum is rolling and I can keep this going.


Friday Funny

Not so much a funny but definitely a strong truth.