30 April 2017

NERGC 2017 - Day 3 & 4

Day three, yes, I was crazy but I decided to commute to this conference. Everyday I drove to Springfield. Fortunately it was an easy commute. But unfortunately due to some Friday morning traffic I was held up for about 15 minutes which meant I got to the conference late and my first session was filled. So I was locked out and nothing to report on regarding Margaret Sullivan's session on "First Generation Irish." With spotty free Internet service, my blog posts were written during this time. Friday could be considered my Irish day. Three of the five sessions I was attending focused on Irish genealogy.

The first session that I attended was presented by Donna M. Moughty, a professional genealogist specializing in Irish research. Her blog is Donna's Irish Genealogy Resources. Moughty's knowledge on Irish genealogy is immense and one will quickly realize that fact once she begins her lecture. Her focus was on "Locating Famine Emigrants Using Griffith's Valuation."

Griffith's Valuation is actually a tax list of Irish land occupiers or those who paid the taxes. It is considered a census substitute because all Famine era censuses were lost in the 1922 fire at the Public Records Office in Dublin during the Irish Civil War. Therefore it is pertinent to use this record to locate your Irish ancestor.

On the website of Ask About Ireland, Griffith's Valuation can be found here for free. Please review the information here to learn how to use the Valuation. It can take a few uses to get the hang of it. I am still learning about it so I will not delve into it on this post.

During lunch the exhibit hall was checked again and I ended up being lucky enough to to get a free 20 minute Genealogy Roadshow private consultation with DNA specialist Blaine Bettinger on my DNA results. My DNA results are in from Ancestry and Family Tree DNA. We will go over the results on Saturday morning.

Exhibit Hall

After lunch, another Irish session, "Mapping Irish Locations Online," by Pamela Holland. Pam discussed the breakdown of jurisdictions in Ireland. Such as how Ireland's thirty two counties and its 62,000 town lands are broken down into Civil Parishes, Catholic Parishes, and Register's Districts. Townlands.ie and irishancestors.ie are great sites to aid in this task.

Pam Stone Eagleson presented the next session, " Confronting Conflicting Evidence." When researching documents the evidence found in records sometimes conflicts with previous found evidence from different sources. So now the question is; which document is correct or are both documents incorrect?
Eagleson's method to confront and correct these conflicts is to

  • identify the conflict
  • conduct new and additional research
  • compare and analyze all found sources
  • write up a resolution to the conflict (if possible- all conflicts cannot be resolved)
Noted professional genealogist F. Warren Bittner gave the last presentation of the day, "Complex Evidence." Bittner's lecture tied in with Eagleson's session by detailing how he got the answer to his question by examining multiple sources to make a comparison and then a conclusion on conflicting evidence. He did this by combining and analyzing sources from indirect evidence that was found in various documents. 


Backing up a step; direct evidence from a document answers a question by itself. Such as when was George Eger naturalized? The answer to that question should be found on his naturalization paper. The one document answers the question. Whereas indirect evidence comes from sources that are combined with others to answer a question. It is a roundabout way of getting the answer from analyzing many different sources and cross referencing them to each other. If a diagram of this method was drawn out it would resemble a highway road map where various pieces of evidence point to each other, intersect,  and across to others.

Tomorrow is last day of the conference and if I am lucky I will be leaving with one or more of the free giveaways that the vendors are offering. I have my eye on free tuition for a certificate in genealogy from Boston University.

Saturday, Day 4, the last day. Well over one thousand people attended this conference. They had their choice of presentations to attend. There were 94 sessions, 8 workshops, 3 luncheons, and 2 dinner banquets to choose from. The sessions that I gave a brief description about were those that I attended.

Today was my tech day. Most of the sessions I was attending today were tech based instead of on analysis or methodology. After rushing and getting into the NERGC conference this morning I quickly found out that I was in the wrong session. The rooms were side by side. Soon I was in the correct program, "Being More than Social on Social Media," by Jen Baldwin from FindMyPast and Ancestral Journeys. One take away from Jen's excellent lecture is social media is not going away and if you are not on social media, get on it!

Jennifer Baldwin
There are various platforms within social media (SM) that are applicable for genealogy. One of the most popular SM sites is Facebook (FB). FB has well over two billion users and has over 10,000 topics related to genealogy. I am sure one can find something of interest there. Other SM venues include Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, and Snap Chat.

According to Jen, when using SM consider what do you want to do with it? If you are looking to establish yourself in the world of genealogy. Make a plan and work the plan. Some tips for a SM plan:

  • Ask yourself what are you here for 
  1. To become a better genealogist?
  2. To find cousins?
  3. To build your genealogical reputation?
  • Details for your venture
  1. What SM platform do you plan to be on? 
  2. Create long term plans
  3. Brand yourself
  • Establish your voice and content
  1. Show your personality
  2. How will you present yourself and content?
  • Be in it to win it
  1. Commit yourself for success
  2. Be realistic and capable of adapting
The Genealogy Road trip with Blaine Bettinger was extremely successful. During our 20 minute chat, Bettinger was able to help me with questions on my DNA results. He also showed me how to use GEDmatch better. GEDmatch is a third party tool that aids genealogists with their DNA results. Raw DNA files are uploaded to GEDmatch from the DNA testing companies such as Ancestry and Family Tree DNA. With these companies results pooled together a researcher can have a larger pool to fish in for ancestors. Best of all, GEDmatch is free.

The session after a long lunch break was the informative presentation "Obsure & Neglected Sources" by Certified Genealogist Diane Gravel. Important take-a-ways included expand and use the FAN method when researching. FAN is friends, associates, and neighbors. For example; when scouring over census pages, why not check two pages before and after the page where you found your ancestor? Other relatives may have lived nearby. Other record sets to explore include Bibles, criminal records, maps, Google books, land ownership records, DAR records, and lineage society papers.

"Tools & Techniques for Finding Family Online" by Jennifer Zinck was the second to last presentation that I attended. Zinck gave numerous examples of web sites for locating living people. She stressed how important it was not to publicly share information on living people. Aside from the big three search engines Google, Bing, and Yahoo, web sites to search when searching for living people include FB for individuals and groups and Ancestry's public records index record set. Excellent people search databases include pipl, spokeo, and DOBsearch.

After another long day, the last session attended was "Online Tools to Organize & Collaborate with your Cousins" by Kelli Bergheimer. Kelli urged that on your initial contact with a cousin; be brief and do not overload or ask too much of the person. You could aggravate them and then you are getting nowhere. After contact is made, ideas to keep interest going with both parties can include creating cousin email groups and using photo sharing web sites such as photobucket and flickr.

NEGRC was the first genealogy conference that I have attended. It was great. I leaned quite a bit and met a lot of nice people. In the future months I will be attending more conferences as my schedule allows. Next February I will be looking forward to attending the world's largest genealogy conference, Roots Tech, in Salt Lake City.

Aughrim RC Church

The following photos were taken in April 1995 when I was invited to Ireland by a now deceased cousin. It was a two week trip; two days in Dublin and rest in County Roscommon. While there; many genealogy adventures were on hand. I visited with numerous cousins, located long lost cousins, and made various stops at Irish churches and graveyards.

Below are photos of the Aughrim Roman Catholic church where some of my ancestors worshipped. According to FindAGrave, The first Aughrim church was built in 1790 and was referred to as "Rodeen Chapel"and was replaced by the present church in 1907.

Aughrim Church, exterior

Aughrim Church, interior

Aughrim Church, interior






29 April 2017

Saturday's Society : Genealogy on Facebook

This week's genealogy society is not on a particular society. It is on an enormous list compiled by genealogist Katherine R. Willson. Her list is composed of the many Facebook groups and societies that are related to genealogy in some manner. Willson's website can be found here.

Social media is everywhere and it has a strong presence in the world of genealogy. As an aid to help others a portion of Willson's list is posted below. This list is not the result of my research. All credit is due to Katherine R. Willson.

The Genealogy on Facebook list is all encompassing. The latest version is over 300 pages. For simplicity I have cut and pasted her list from 2016 on the Facebook groups that are New York based. The urls are not linked and have not been checked.

NEW YORK
1607. Albany County, NY - Descendants of Early Hudson River Valley Families: www.facebook.com/groups/819585878133232
1608. Albany County, NY - Early Hudson River Valley Genealogy 1683-1773: www.facebook.com/groups/819585878133232
1609. Albany County, NY History & Genealogy: www.facebook.com/pages/Albany-County-New-York-History-Genealogy/226123027513435
1610. Appalachian Genealogy: www.facebook.com/AppalachianGenealogy
1611. Bronx County, NY Historical Society: www.facebook.com/pages/The-Bronx-County-Historical-Society/158177394957
1612. Cemeteries of Western New York Project: www.facebook.com/TheCemeteriesOfWesternNewYorkProject
1613. Central New York Genealogical Society: www.facebook.com/CNYGS
1614. Central New York’s Mohawk Valley Region - Path Through History: www.facebook.com/mohawkvalleyhistory
1615. Chautauqua County, NY - Jamestown Historical Society & Fenton History Center: www.facebook.com/FentonHistoryCenter
1616. Clinton County, NY - Saranac Valley & Canada Genealogical Society: www.facebook.com/pages/Saranac-Valley-CCNY-and-Canada-Genealogy-Society/255393594506871
1617. Clinton County, NY Historical Association: www.facebook.com/ClintonCountyHistoricalAssociation
1618. Colony of New Netherland History & Genealogy (present-day Connecticut, Delaware, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania & Rhode Island): www.facebook.com/NewNetherlandHistory
1619. Columbia County, NY - Descendants of Early Hudson River Valley Families: www.facebook.com/groups/819585878133232
1620. Columbia County, NY - Early Hudson River Valley Genealogy 1683-1773: www.facebook.com/groups/819585878133232
1621. Delaware County, NY - Bovina Historical Society: www.facebook.com/pages/Bovina-Historical-Society/138807632835629
1622. Delaware County, NY - Town of Bovina Historian: www.facebook.com/bovinanyhistory
1623. Delaware County, NY Historical Association: www.facebook.com/pages/Delaware-County-Historical-Association-NY/269257042204
1624. Dutch in New Netherlands (New York), 1609-1674: www.facebook.com/groups/NewNetherlandDutch
1625. Dutchess County, NY - Beacon (Fishkill Landing & Matteawan) Genealogy Group: www.facebook.com/groups/746246578788258
1626. Dutchess County, NY - Descendants of Early Hudson River Valley Families: www.facebook.com/groups/819585878133232
1627. Dutchess County, NY - Early Hudson River Valley Genealogy 1683-1773: www.facebook.com/groups/819585878133232
1628. Dutchess County, NY Genealogy Group: www.facebook.com/groups/834642333254982
1629. Erie County, NY - Buffalo Genealogical Society of the African Diaspora: www.facebook.com/groups/213233678768299
1630. Erie County, NY - Buffalo History Museum: www.facebook.com/pages/The-Buffalo-History-Museum/35507276870
1631. Erie County, NY - Buffalo Irish Genealogical Society: www.facebook.com/BuffaloIrishGenealogicalSociety
1632. Erie County, NY - Langford/New Oregon Genealogy: www.facebook.com/groups/357697114922
1633. Erie County, NY - Vintage Buffalo (Photos & Articles): www.facebook.com/vintagebuffalony
1634. Genealogy Technology Interest Group of Central New York (CNY): www.facebook.com/groups/226695224012623
1635. Genesee County, NY Genealogy: www.facebook.com/groups/377475412287287
1636. Get Help with NY Family History: www.facebook.com/GetHelpWithNewYorkFamilyHistory 
1637. Greene County, NY - Cairo Historical Society: www.facebook.com/groups/111983588813394
1638. Greene County, NY - Descendants of Early Hudson River Valley Families: www.facebook.com/groups/819585878133232
1639. Greene County, NY - Early Hudson River Valley Genealogy 1683-1773: www.facebook.com/groups/819585878133232
1640. Greene County, NY - Town of Windham Historical Society: www.facebook.com/pages/Town-of-Windham-Historical-Society/46527396938
1641. Herkimer County, NY Historical Society: www.facebook.com/pages/Herkimer-County-Historical-Society/138289506216283
1642. Hispanic Genealogical Society of New York: www.facebook.com/pages/HGSNY-Hispanic-Genealogical-Society-of-New-York/351829253558
1643. Irish Family History Forum (Based in Long Island, but also covering Bronx, Brooklyn, Kings, Manhattan, Nassau, Queens, Staten Island & Suffolk Boroughs, NY): www.facebook.com/IrishFamilyHistoryForum
1644. Irish Genealogy in New York: www.facebook.com/groups/142484599457471/191511974554733
1645. Jefferson County, NY - Nostalgic Watertown: www.facebook.com/Nostalgic-Watertown-NY-125087347668743
1646. Jefferson County, NY Genealogy: www.facebook.com/groups/jeffersoncountynewyork
1647. Jewish Genealogy Society of New York: www.facebook.com/groups/62112838856
1648. Kings County, NY - Brooklyn Historical Society: www.facebook.com/BrooklynHistory
1649. Kings County, NY - Brooklyn History, Brooklyn Genealogy and Lost & Found: www.facebook.com/groups/678304068888346
1650. Kings, Queens, Nassau & Suffolk County, NY - Genealogy Federation of Long Island: www.facebook.com/groups/430270373798390
1651. Kings, Queens, Nassau & Suffolk County, NY - Jewish Genealogy Society of Long Island (Group): www.facebook.com/groups/JGSLI
1652. Kings, Queens, Nassau & Suffolk County, NY - Jewish Genealogy Society of Long Island (Page): www.facebook.com/pages/Jewish-Genealogy-Society-of-Long-Island-JGSLI/120817506514
1653. Kings, Queens, Nassau & Suffolk County, NY - Long Island Genealogy: www.facebook.com/groups/306920332837026
1654. Kings, Queens, Nassau & Suffolk County, NY - Long Island Genealogy: www.facebook.com/groups/81344396004
1655. Manhattan, NY Genealogy: www.facebook.com/groups/1559213587648298
1656. Nassau, Suffolk, Kings & Queens County, NY - Genealogy Federation of Long Island: www.facebook.com/groups/430270373798390
1657. Nassau, Suffolk, Kings & Queens County, NY - Jewish Genealogy Society of Long Island: www.facebook.com/groups/JGSLI
1658. Nassau, Suffolk, Kings & Queens County, NY - Long Island Genealogy: www.facebook.com/groups/81344396004
1659. Nassau, Suffolk, Kings & Queens County, NY - Long Island Genealogy: www.facebook.com/groups/306920332837026
1660. New York - Old Images of New York: www.facebook.com/groups/313455892154814
1661. New York Chapter for the Association for Gravestone Studies: www.facebook.com/New.York.Chapter.AGS
1662. New York City, NY - Organization for Grandchildren of Holocaust Survivors: www.facebook.com/groups/3GNewYork
1663. New York City, NY Genealogy: www.facebook.com/groups/57780952454
1664. New York City, NY National Archives: www.facebook.com/nationalarchivesnewyork
1665. New York Genealogical & Biographical Society: www.facebook.com/nyfamilyhistory
1666. New York Genealogy - Just Ask! www.facebook.com/groups/NewYorkGenealogyJustAsk
1667. New York Genealogy Group: www.facebook.com/groups/nygenealogy
1668. New York Genealogy Network: www.facebook.com/groups/210302895672550
1669. New York Genealogy: www.facebook.com/NewYorkGenealogyRecords
1670. New York Historical Society: www.facebook.com/nyhistory
1671. New York State Archives: www.facebook.com/nysarchives
1672. New York State Genealogy: www.facebook.com/groups/NewYorkStateGenealogy
1673. Niagara County, NY - Royalton Historical Society: www.facebook.com/pages/Town-of-Royalton-Historical-Society/176698222421913?id=176698222421913
1674. Niagara County, NY Genealogical Society: www.facebook.com/Niagara.County.Genealogical.Society
1675. Niagara County, NY Historian’s Office: www.facebook.com/pages/Niagara-County-Historians-Office/299057299891
1676. Niagara County, NY History Center: www.facebook.com/niagarahistorycenter
1677. Onondaga County, NY - Jewish Community of the 15th Ward (Preserving the History of the 9th, 15th-18th Syracuse Wards): www.facebook.com/groups/15thWard
1678. Onondaga County, NY - Local History & Genealogy at Onondaga County Public Library: www.facebook.com/ocpl.lhg
1679. Onondaga County, NY - Nostalgic Syracuse: www.facebook.com/groups/2226651976
1680. Onondaga County, NY Genealogy: www.facebook.com/groups/onondagacountynewyorkstategenealogy
1681. Ontario County, NY - East Bloomfield Historical Society: www.facebook.com/pages/East-Bloomfield-Historical-Society/233421727292
1682. Orange County, NY - Descendants of Early Hudson River Valley Families: www.facebook.com/groups/819585878133232
1683. Orange County, NY - Early Hudson River Valley Genealogy 1683-1773: www.facebook.com/groups/819585878133232
1684. Orange County, NY Genealogy: www.facebook.com/groups/1715282565363989
1685. Oswego County, NY Genealogy: www.facebook.com/groups/oswegocountynewyorkstategenealogy
1686. Polish Genealogical Society of New York State: www.facebook.com/pages/The-Polish-Genealogical-Society-of-New-York-State/125523827501958
1687. Putnam County, NY - Descendants of Early Hudson River Valley Families: www.facebook.com/groups/819585878133232
1688. Putnam County, NY - Early Hudson River Valley Genealogy 1683-1773: www.facebook.com/groups/819585878133232
1689. Queens, Nassau, Suffolk & Kings County, NY - Genealogy Federation of Long Island: www.facebook.com/groups/430270373798390
1690. Queens, Nassau, Suffolk & Kings County, NY - Jewish Genealogy Society of Long Island: www.facebook.com/groups/JGSLI
1691. Queens, Nassau, Suffolk & Kings County, NY - Long Island Genealogy: www.facebook.com/groups/81344396004
1692. Queens, Nassau, Suffolk & Kings County, NY - Long Island Genealogy: www.facebook.com/groups/306920332837026
1693. Rensselaer County, NY - Descendants of Early Hudson River Valley Families: www.facebook.com/groups/819585878133232
1694. Rensselaer County, NY - Early Hudson River Valley Genealogy 1683-1773: www.facebook.com/groups/819585878133232
1695. Rensselaer County, NY - Troy Irish Genealogical Society: www.facebook.com/pages/Troy-Irish-Genealogy-Society/264980077964
1696. Rensselaer County, NY Genealogy Group: www.facebook.com/groups/422922431244901
1697. Richmond County, NY - Friends of Abandoned Cemeteries of Staten Island: www.facebook.com/pages/Friends-of-Abandoned-Cemeteries-of-Staten-Island-FACSI/158775687492624
1698. Rockland County, NY - Descendants of Early Hudson River Valley Families: www.facebook.com/groups/819585878133232
1699. Rockland County, NY - Early Hudson River Valley Genealogy 1683-1773: www.facebook.com/groups/819585878133232
1700. Rockland County, NY - Dutch Door Genealogy: www.facebook.com/pages/Dutch-Door-Genealogy/161720084156
1701. Schoharie County, NY Historical Society & Old Stone Fort Museum: www.facebook.com/oldstonefort
1702. Suffolk County, NY - Long Island East End Genealogy Family: www.facebook.com/groups/186909234791386
1703. Suffolk, Kings, Nassau & Queens County, NY - Genealogy Federation of Long Island: www.facebook.com/groups/430270373798390
1704. Suffolk, Kings, Nassau & Queens County, NY - Jewish Genealogy Society of Long Island: www.facebook.com/groups/JGSLI
1705. Suffolk, Kings, Nassau & Queens County, NY - Long Island Genealogy: www.facebook.com/groups/81344396004
1706. Suffolk, Kings, Nassau & Queens County, NY - Long Island Genealogy: www.facebook.com/groups/306920332837026
1707. Sullivan County, NY - Descendants of Early Hudson River Valley Families: www.facebook.com/groups/819585878133232
1708. Sullivan County, NY - Early Hudson River Valley Genealogy 1683-1773: www.facebook.com/groups/819585878133232
1709. Sullivan County, NY - Local History: www.facebook.com/groups/Sullivan.County.History
1710. Sullivan County, NY Genealogy: www.facebook.com/groups/593611020719282
1711. Sullivan County, NY Genealogy Society: www.facebook.com/Sullivan-County-NY-Genealogy-Society-919272588156663
1712. Tompkins County, NY History Center: www.facebook.com/tompkinshistory
1713. Ulster County, NY - Descendants of Early Hudson River Valley Families: www.facebook.com/groups/819585878133232
1714. Ulster County, NY - Early Hudson River Valley Genealogy 1683-1773: www.facebook.com/groups/819585878133232
1715. Ulster County, NY Genealogy: www.facebook.com/groups/680648592013639
1716. Washington County, NY Ancestors (affiliated w/Washington County, NY GenWeb): www.facebook.com/groups/washcty
1717. Westchester County, NY - Descendants of Early Hudson River Valley Families: www.facebook.com/groups/819585878133232
1718. Westchester County, NY - Early Hudson River Valley Genealogy 1683-1773: www.facebook.com/groups/819585878133232
1719. Westchester County, NY - Somers Historical Society: www.facebook.com/pages/Somers-Historical-Society/104464119586538
1720. Westchester County, NY Genealogical Society: www.facebook.com/pages/Westchester-County-Genealogical-Society/82588199143
1721. Western New York Genealogical Society: www.facebook.com/groups/WNYGS
1722. Wyoming County, NY Genealogy: www.facebook.com/groups/304183196316885
1723. Yates County, NY Genealogical & Historical Society: www.facebook.com/pages/Yates-County-Genealogical-Historical-Society/114839918540441

Revised 07 March 2016 (posted online at http://socialmediagenealogy.com/genealogy-on-facebook-list)
Copyright © 2013-2015 Katherine R. Willson (moonswings@gmail.com).

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28 April 2017

NERGC 2017 - Day 1 & 2

The 2017 New England Regional Genealogical Consortium is going on through Saturday 29 April. This is the first genealogy conference that I have ever attended. And it was worth it so far. The conference is held every two years and this year it is in Springfield, Massachusetts at the MassMutal Center. Exactly 80 miles from my house.



Wednesday was a day of special tracks of presentations on different aspects of genealogy such as tech day, DNA day, librarians day, society day, and professional day. I chose to attend the DNA day. The day was broken into 4 sessions where experts on DNA genealogy such as Jim Brewster and Janine Cloud both from Family Tree DNA, Blaine Bettinger from the Genetic Genealogist, and Diahan Southard from Your DNA Guide gave presentations on beginning with DNA in genealogy.

Jim Brewster gave overviews on the differences between Autosomal, Y-DNA, & mt-DNA kits. Autosomal kits trace both parents lines whereas Y-DNA traces only the father's male line and the mt-DNA traces only the mother's female line. He also spoke on the various group projects within Family Tree DNA that a tester could join. Those groups being surname, haplogroup, geographical, lineage, and private.

Blaine Bettinger, a solid expert on the field of genealogy and DNA spoke in depth on centiMorgans (cM) within DNA. In short, cM is a measurement of genetic distance of two people or how closely they are related. The higher the number of cM; the closer in relationship the two individuals are.

Bettinger also mentioned that usually by 7-9 generations DNA usually drops from the genetic tree. To further illustrate this point, I inherited 50% of my DNA from each of my parents. 25% came from grandparents. 12.5% from great grandparents. 6% from great great grandparents; etc. So the farther back one traces, the less DNA will be passed on.

Diahan Southard stressed in her session that one should test the right person with the correct DNA test that will bring you to the conclusion that you are looking for. In other words if you are simply looking for relatives on both sides of your family; test yourself with an Autosomal DNA kit. If you are interested in only your male line go with the Y-DNA kit. Also most importantly, test the oldest generation first; because they may not be here for testing tomorrow. The older generation will have more DNA than you.

Yesterday (Thursday) was the first actual day of the conference and the opening keynote speaker was Mary Tedesco from Origins Italy and Genealogy Roadshow on PBS. She gave a lively and informative presentation on the history of genealogy from its early origins as a specific field of family study to its recent explosion in popularity. Topics such as early founders of the New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS), printed family genealogies, computers, the Internet, and DNA.

The exhibit hall was open and loaded with various genealogy vendors and multiple genealogy societies located throughout New England. A list vendors in genealogy circles that were present included Ancestry, Family Tree Maker, MyHeritage, NEHGS, New York Genealogical & Biographical Society (NYG&B), Family Tree DNA, Association of Professional Genealogists, Boston University, Family Search, Geni, Daughters of the American Revolution, National Institute for Genealogical Studies, and the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh.

Quiet corner of the exhibit hall

After the Tedesco's opening presentation, I headed to the exhibit hall and controlled myself. I almost turned into a kid in the candy store. Lots of great stuff to look at and buy from the vendors. As I went from table to table I was being told to attach a ribbon on my name tag to indicate that I belong to these societies or use these products. I saw some people whose ribbons were down to their knees.



The vendors and other genealogists were extremely friendly and helpful that I ended up missing my next session because I was wrapped up talking and checking stuff out. I also bought a couple of books from the NYB&G and NEHGS and saved on shipping.

Next I ventured into two separate sessions by Thomas MacEntee who is the operator of GeneaBloggers. He discussed his Genealogy Do-Over system. After years of research he realized that he had many errors and lacked the proper source documentation for data in his tree. His "Do-Over" is a method to correct the errors.

Thomas MacEntee in action

MacEntee's next session discussed locating relatives that are still alive. Seems backwards but sometimes that is a must. Because unknown living relatives may hold the key too solving some of your brick wall problems. MacEntee also pointed out his favorite search sites for locating living people such as veromi.com, peoplesmart.com, and zabasearch.com. He stressed do not pay for any of the additional features they may offer. Stick with the free data.

Another point he stressed was on contacting this newly found relative. How do you do it? Phone call, email, or letter. Email can easily end up in a spam folder or be ignored so drop that idea. A cold call on the phone may automatically make the person think that this call is a scam. Therefore, write a letter aside from the information that you are looking for include all of your contact info (name, address, phone, email, etc.), include a tree showing family connections, pictures and stories may help to prove that you are indeed the real deal and not a scammer.

That was it for the day for me. Day 3 and 4 tomorrow.

Friday Funny

Hahaha; I have been know to be this guy at times. Sorry for any inconvenience.



27 April 2017

Throwback Thursday : New Year's Eve 1973

Here is a throwback photo from a New Year's Eve party that my parents had in 1973. The photo left to right is of my brother Michael, my paternal grandfather, George Edward Kirk White, one of my great grandfathers, Joseph William Koreman, myself, and my maternal grandfather Joseph Albert Koreman. I was fortunate to have known all four grandparents, lived with one set of grandparents and knew one great grandfather and one great grandmother.

25 April 2017

Tombstone Tuesday : Baby

This week's Tombstone Tuesday focuses on a simple granite stone that reads Baby. There are actually two babies buried here. Unnamed twins, a baby girl and a baby boy who were born on 12 September 1914 and died the following day. The infants were buried in Forest Hill Cemetery in Kansas City, Missouri on 15 September 1915.



The infants were born to Gertrude M. Myers who was born in Clarksville, Missouri on 31 July 1877 and Joseph Charles Kelly who was born in Albany on 26 March 1870. Joseph Charles Kelly moved west to Missouri as a young boy in 1879 with his siblings and parents William Kelly and Elizabeth White Kelly.  Joseph's grandparents, Robert White and Ann Strong White, and all of his aunts and uncles except for two uncles Charles William White and Joseph White moved west with them also. Charles and Joseph remained in the Albany area.

The photo above was taken by myself last June when I took my genealogy road trip out to Kansas.

24 April 2017

Albany Grave Digger Helper : Thank You

This post is for my father, Mike White. He has been a regular helper at my various cemetery jaunts for a number of years and this thank you is long overdue. Many of the gravestones that I have worked on are very large and heavy as in a quarter ton or heavier. When working on stones that are this heavy it is best to have a helper. Anything could happen and it would be a little difficult for me to crawl out from under a stone that heavy. This especially holds true when using the tripod hoist. Attempting to hoist a stone, manuever it, and lower it in place is virtually impossible let alone dangerous. While I am the "bull" my father uses the "smart-end" of the tripod system and raises and lowers the stones safely. Below he is in action on a smaller obelisk that we restored last Summer.



By the way, cemetery season is just beginning now. Hint hint. Thank you for all of your help!

Military Monday : Charles E. Sickman, 1st Class Boy

Military Monday this week focuses on Charles E. Sickman. At age 15 he enlisted in the Navy and served in the Civil War as a 1st Class Boy. Not quiet sure what a 1st Class Boy was I did some sleuthing and found that they were also called Powder Monkeys. Their duties were to carry gun powder from the hold up to the large cannons on Civil War gun boats. Young teenage boys on the shorter side were chosen for this task so that their heads were not above the side rails and targets for sharp shooters. Also the teenagers could move very swiftly about. Below is a colorized photo of an unknown 1st Class Boy from the Civil War.



Charles E. Sickman was born in 1849 in Brooklyn to Mathias Henry Sickman (1814-1872) and Ellen Cummings (1824-?). Charles served enlisted on 07 March 1864 and was discharged on 26 August 1865. He served aboard the following ships:
  • North Carolina
  • New Hampshire
  • Wissahickon
  • Huntsville
Below is a scan of the gun boat New Hampshire.



According to his pension records Charles stood at 5'-1 1/2" when he served. Below are miscellaneous papers from his pension files.



After being discharged from service, Charles never married and appears to have spent the rest of his life working as a peddler in Brooklyn. Charles died at age 78 on 11 September 1926 and was buried three days later at Cypress Hills National Cemetery in Brooklyn.

23 April 2017

Evangelical Protestant Church, Albany, NY

Now that the warmer weather is here and the Albany Grave Digger is back out and about restoring gravestones at the Evangelical Protestant Cemetery on Krumkill Road in Albany. It was decided to post a brief history of the three Evangelical Protestant churches in Albany including the Mother Church for the Krumkill Road cemetery.

In 1817 Europe, Lutheran and Reformed churches in regions under Prussian rule were pressured to unite into a single state church- the Evangelical Church of the Prussian Union. The feat was accomplished by Frederick Wilhelm III (1797-1840). He did not want to contend with the problem of two challenging Protestant faiths. 

German immigrants brought the Evangelical faith to America. In Albany the first worshippers of the Evangelical faith were members of the First Church of the Evangelical German Association, founded by Pastor J. G. Marquardt in 1845. The association was incorporated on January 18, 1847. The first services were held in the Carlton House, on the corner of State and South Pearl Streets. Soon a church, located on Grand Street, between Hudson Avenue and Beaver Street, was purchased for $3,000 on February 13, 1848 and named “The House of Prayer.” 

In 1856 the association relocated again after purchasing a new church located on the corner of Clinton Street and Nucella Street, now Fourth Avenue. Again, the group moved after a new church was erected in 1869 at a cost of $12,000. The new house of worship was located at 8 Elm Street.[1] In 1894 the association opened a mission in the west end of the city on Clinton Avenue near Ontario Street. The mission provided religious services to one hundred twenty-four members. 

Former First Church of the Evangelical German Assoc.
Elm Street, 2003

Former First Church of the Evangelical German Assoc.
Elm Street, early 1900s

Around 1900 the church changed its name to the First Church of the Evangelical Association, dropping German from the title. Circa 1909, the church moved to the corner of Delaware and Cuyler Avenues. Again the congregation changed its name to the Calvary Church of the Evangelical Association. In 1897 the church had four societies associated with it- the Männerverein, the Frauenverein, an Unterstützungverein, and the Young People’s Alliance. Around 1962 Calvary became affiliated with the Evangelical United Brethren of churches (EUB). In 1968 the EUB merged with the United Methodist Churches. 

The second Evangelical parish in Albany was organized as the German Evangelical Protestant Society in 1850. The group held its first religious services in the home of Peter Kunz, at the corner of Bassett and Green Streets. On April 29, 1851, the society was incorporated. Soon the original church, located on the corner of Clinton and Alexander Streets, was completed and dedicated on August 31, 1851. 

Circa 1852, the church basement was converted into a German Parochial school with instruction in German. The school was discontinued on January 1, 1901, due to low attendance. In 1854 the church established a cemetery on Krumkill Road which was originally in the hamlet of Hurstville in the town of Bethlehem.[2] 

On June 5, 1881, the church caught fire and was completely destroyed. A new church was erected and dedicated on June 14, 1882, at a cost of $23,566. 

Evangelical Protestant Church
Clinton & Alexander Streets, 1998

Religious Vereine associated with the parish included the Frauenverein with one hundred fifty members, the Literaturverein with one hundred twenty participants, and Jugendverein, which was established circa 1880.[3] The Pastors held church services strictly in German until the first service of worship in English was held on October 1, 1899. The last examination of a Confirmation class held in German was in 1917, the year the United States declared war on Germany.[4]

The German Evangelical Lutheran Dreienigkeits, or Trinity Church Society was organized on May 30, 1860, and incorporated on July 2, 1860, becoming Albany’s third Evangelical church. Trinity Church was an outgrowth of the Evangelical Protestant Church on Alexander and Clinton Streets. Thirty-two parishioners left the church with Pastor John C. J. Petersen to form Trinity Church. 
Former German Evangelical Lutheran Dreienigkeits Church
58 Alexander Steet, 2003

The original meeting place was located on the southeast corner of Broad and Alexander Streets. In 1878 the congregation relocated when they bought a chapel from the First Presbyterian Church for $4,300, located at 58 Alexander Street. At the church’s inception, German was the only language used during services and in the parochial school. The usage of German during services ceased after 1900 because on March 2, 1899, a number of members from the parishes of Trinity and Saint Matthew’s left their own congregations to form a strictly English language Lutheran Church- Emmanuel Lutheran Church. The new church was also located in the South End on Benjamin Street.[5]

Societies enrolled in Trinity’s parish towards the end of the nineteenth century included the Jugendverein, or Young Men’s Beneficial Society of the Trinity Lutheran Church, with seventy-four members, the Frauenverein, an Unterstützungverein, and the Young Peoples’ Association. On October 19, 1892, Trinity Church Luther-Liga or Luther League was organized under the name Jugendverein, with sixty members.[6] 

Parish societies established at the beginning of the twentieth century included the Ladies Society and the Concordia Maenner-Chor, which was founded on January 20, 1890. By 1897 the singing society counted twenty-eight active and four passive members.[7] 

In 1955 Trinity Church merged with St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, located on the corner of Hurlbut and Garden Streets, to form St. Mark’s Lutheran Church. St. Mark’s merged with the Emmanuel Lutheran Church on Benjamin Street to form the Lutheran Church of the Holy Spirit in 1974. The German Trinity Church has disappeared, but the church building has been owned and employed by the Mount Calvary Baptist Church since 1956.[8]



[1] Arthur James Weise, The History of the City of Albany, New York, From the Discovery of the Great River in 1524, By Verrazzano to the Present Time (Albany: E. H. Bender, 1884), p. 496. n. a., Geschichte der Deutschen in Albany und Troy, pp. 121-123.
[2] Howell and Tenney, eds., History of the County of Albany, N. Y, p. 790.
[3] n. a., Geschichte der Deutschen in Albany und Troy, pp. 83-89.
[4] Clayton F. Reed, History of the Evangelical Protestant Church, 1850-1985. Albany: Evangelical Protestant Church, 1985, pp. 1-4. Weise, The History of the City of Albany, New York, p. 496.
[5] Henry Hardy Heins, Swan of Albany: A History of the Oldest Congregation of the Lutheran Church in America (Rensselaer: Hamilton Printing Company, 1976), p. 126.
[6] n. a., Geschichte der Deutschen in Albany und Troy, p. 189.
[7] n. a., Geschichte der Deutschen in Albany und Troy, p. 177.
[8] n. a. The Story of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church: Its Roots and Its Fruits, 1832-1957 (Albany: n. p., 1957), p. 7. Craig Earl Bartholomew and Henry Hardy Heins, eds., The Lutheran Church of the Holy Cross Centennial, 1876-1976 (Albany: n. p., 1976), pp. 6-12.




22 April 2017

Ancestry DNA sale - 20% off

If you were thinking about getting your DNA tested, now is the time. Ancestry has a 20% off sale until Wednesday 26 April. The regular price is $99. The sale brings the cost down to $79 and add shipping the total cost is $88.95.



In the past, Ancestry has had these sales two or three times a year. If interested in DNA testing; why wait? Just go to the Ancestry web site and find the DNA header at the top of the page to order.

When the kit comes within a week. Instructions are super easy. You activate your kit online, spit into a tube, seal the tube, mail it back to Ancestry in the provided mailing bag, and in around six weeks your results should be in.

Many people who take the Ancestry DNA test are not interested in the genealogy aspect. They are simply interested in discovering their ethnic origin. The DNA kit might surprise you with the results!

Disclaimer: I am not associated with Ancestry.com. Just passing on information on a great deal.

Saturday's Society : Heritage Hunters of Saratoga County

This week's society is on the Heritage Hunters of Saratoga County. To my loss I am not familiar with this group. Having very few ancestral trails into Saratoga County I have yet to attend any of their meetings. But I am very willing to spread the word and plug any local genealogy society.



This material comes from their webpage. Heritage Hunters is a society dedicated to the study and preservation of genealogical and historic materials in and around Saratoga County, New York. Regular meetings are held on the third Saturday of each month at the Town of Saratoga's Town Hall. Meetings frequently include classes, lectures, workshops, seminars, and/or committee meetings. Guests are always welcome!

Please contact Heritage Hunters at for information on their programs.
Heritage Hunters
PO Box 270
Saratoga Springs, NY, USA 12866-0270

The Heritage Hunters maintains a library that contains a wide range of reference sources; including a collection of members' Surname pages, a variety of periodicals, instructional books, state and local histories, lists of primary sources and a few videotapes and other media. This library will be combined with the present resources of the Saratoga County Historical Society at Brookside Museum.

21 April 2017

MyHeritage subscription 50% from Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter

Here is another genealogical offer that has to be spread. For readers of Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter or EOGN, Dick Eastman has secured a half-off subscription with full access to MyHeritage. Yes, his newsletter is sponsored by MyHeritage but a full access subscription for $125 instead of $250 who cares!



I have been reading EOGN daily for a number of years and have also taken advantage of this MyHeritage offer. Eastman's newsletter describes and details genealogical tech, software, websites, offers, and miscellaneous news. EOGN comes in two formats a paid newsletter and a free newsletter. The free newsletter format is I subscribe to. Whether you get a 50% off MyHeritage subscription or not; EOGN should be daily genealogical reading.

For four years I have been using MyHeritage and I find it to be more European based with its users. Numerous smart matches (same as leafy hints in Ancestry) have enabled me to make contact with many distant cousins in the Netherlands and Belgium. I wrote a post in June 2013 comparing both Ancestry and MyHeritage. In 2017, I am still using both subscriptions.

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Another hardcore genealogist!

20 April 2017

Restoration at Evangelical Protestant Cemetery

A new post on the Friends of the Evangelical Protestant Cemetery blog was uploaded. The post is listed below:

Spring is here! And so begins the work at the Evangelical Protestant Cemetery. Over the Winter, we were at the cemetery about a half dozen times doing various clean up duties, cutting down some dangerous trees, and sumac and vine removal.

On Tuesday, myself and Bernie worked on up righting one of his ancestor's gravestones. A smaller obelisk which overlooks the Civil War grove. Unfortunately, we did not finish that task. The monument base was extremely large and heavy. To make repairs more difficult, this stone is at the top of a hill and next to a large tree. The tripod legs were sinking into the ground because of the weight of the base. It was difficult work. Plus being the first stone of the season I am a little out of practice.

This plot is a hold over from last year. I was not able to complete the restoration of these stones due to becoming ill and colder weather coming in last fall. But by the middle of May this plot should be complete. Before and after photos will follow. Perhaps also videos.

Very soon Joe Ferraninni of Grave Stone Matters should be aiding in the restoration of two large obelisks. One has already fallen and the other will be falling in the near future if work is not completed. I am planning on setting up a camera to do a time lapse shot of one of these projects and transforming the pictures into a fast motion video.

Fort Crailo - Pinkster Event

Coming up on Saturday 22 April 2017 the Fort Crailo Historic Site in Rensselaer will hold a Pinkster celebration. Details for this event are cut from the Albany.org website.


Pinkster
April 22, 2017
Address: 9 1/2 Riverside Avenue, Rensselaer, NY 12144
Times: 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Admission: free (a small fee applies for participation in the instrument making workshop)
Contact: Sam Huntington
Phone: 518.463.8738


Crailo State Historic Site will host a Pinkster celebration featuring the performance and education group, The Children of Dahomey. Once a Dutch holiday commemorating Pentecost, Pinkster became a distinctly African American holiday in the Hudson River Valley during the colonial era. 

During the 17th and 18th centuries, enslaved and free African Americans transformed Pinkster from a Dutch religious observance into a spring festival and a celebration of African cultural traditions. All along the Hudson River and on Albany’s “Pinkster Hill” (the current site of the NYS Capitol), enslaved African Americans reunited with family and friends and celebrated Pinkster with storytelling, food, music, and dance. 

Other Pinkster traditions, like the selection of the Pinkster King, created opportunities for enslaved African Americans to honor respected members of the community and to subtly mock their white enslavers. Festivities include presentations and demonstrations by The Children of Dahomey, an educational and performance group specializing in the historical experiences of enslaved Africans and African-Americans in colonial New York. 

Visitors can participate in The Children of Dahomey’s traditional Pinkster dances and theatrical demonstrations, take part in an instrument-making workshop, and listen in on a storytelling session. In Crailo’s cellar kitchen, culinary historian and hearth cooking specialist Lavada Nahon will be preparing food over the open hearth and interpreting historic African and African-American foodways. 

Other family-friendly activities will include crafts, games, music, and refreshments. The museum will be open for self-guided tours of the historic rooms and exhibits, including the featured exhibit A Dishonorable Trade: Human Trafficking in the Dutch Atlantic World, currently on display in the upstairs galleries.

18 April 2017

Tombstone Tuesday : Winter Scene

Thankfully Winter is past us now. Here is an angled view of five marble gravestones in the Evangelical Protestant Cemetery in Albany, NY. The light snow cap on these stones makes for a picturesque scene. All of these stones were cleaned with D2 Biological Solution and the stones were leveled and reset.


17 April 2017

Military Monday : John Joseph Gannon

John Joseph Gannon, my grand uncle is the focus of Military Monday this week. John was born in Albany on 03 May 1914 to Catherine Eger Gannon and John Joseph Aloysius Gannon.

John Joseph Gannon, circa 1934


John's siblings:

  • Anna Catherine (1910-1988) married John Richard O'Sullivan
  • Margaret Mary (1913-1998) married George Edward Kirk White
  • George John (1920-1979) married Rita Jones; married Joan Theresa Sullivan 
As a young man John was a sheet metal worker living with his parents at 79 Tremont Street in Albany. During WWII, John enlisted in the 8th Air Force and was stationed in England during the war years. John married Helen Constance Horan (1917-1991) on 24 August 1946 at the Westover Field Air Force Base in Massachusetts. John and Helen had two children John Terrence and Michael Joseph.

John spent 22 years in the Air Force. He rose to the rank of Master Sargent. Many of those years were spent overseas. He was stationed for six years at the Rheinmain Air Force Base in Germany and he was also stationed at another United States Air Force Base in Germany, Hahn AFB.

Air Force Office of Special Investigations

Around 1950 John joined the Air Force Office of Special Investigations (AFOSI) within the Air Force. OSI officers conduct investigations regarding criminal, fraud, counterintelligence, and internal security within the Air Force to keep units and bases secure. At this time he was out of uniform and in civilian clothes. John retired in 1962 from the Air Force at the Plattsburgh, NY base.

John & Helen Gannon


Below are a series of photos of John in uniform.


John Joseph Gannon, 1942, Texas

John and Helen remained in the Plattsburgh area after retirement. John passed away on 24 April 1975. Helen joined him on 02 March 1991. They are buried at Mount Carmel Cemetery in Plattsburgh, NY.



16 April 2017

Our Lady of Angels, Albany, NY

A brief history of the now closed Our Lady of Angels church follows; prior to 1867, the spiritual needs of Albany’s Catholic Germans were served by the priests of Holy Cross Parish- the only German-language Catholic parish in the city.  It soon became evident that another parish was needed.  Holy Cross church had become too small to accommodate all of its numerous parishioners.  The church was close to the South End, but many German Catholics lived a great distance from the church, in the Bowery section of Albany.  In 1867 the Very Reverend Edgar Wadhams, Vicar-General of the Roman Catholic diocese, requested the Franciscan Fathers to organize a parish for German Catholics in the western section of the city of Albany.[1]  Father Francis M. Neubauer of the Order of Friars Minor Conventual (OFM) was named the first pastor of the new Catholic-German congregation, Maria Königin der Engel, or Our Lady of Angels, for the western part of Albany on June 19, 1867.  At this time Father Neubauer had a congregation of only 150 families, no money, property or plans.  In time the parish grew and became the city’s largest German Roman Catholic parish, including over six hundred families before the turn of the century. 
Through the kindness of the neighboring pastor for the Irish Saint Patrick’s Church, Father Francis was allowed to offer Mass in Saint Patrick’s Hall, since he did not have a church.[2]  Father Francis immediately sought a building that would be suitable for use as a church until a permanent structure was erected.  Within two weeks he rented Coulson’s Factory at 328 Central Avenue.  At this locale the first mass was offered in this temporary church on July 14, 1867.  Soon a lot was purchased on the northeast corner of Central Avenue and Robin Street, formerly Perry Street.  The existing building, an old malt house, was razed, and work began on the new church’s foundation in September 1868.  Within two months, on November 29, 1868, the cornerstone was placed with impressive ceremonies conducted by the Most Reverend John J. Conroy, D.D., Bishop of Albany.  A parade from the bishop’s residence to the site of the church inaugurated the event.  Numerous Catholic societies from the city took part in the procession.  Historian and antiquarian Joel Munsell noted in his Collections on the History of Albany that,
The German Catholics laid the corner stone of a new church, to be called Holy Queen of Angels, on the corner of Central Avenue and Robin Street… The notice [that was] published, [stated] that the ceremonies would take place, and be attended with a grand procession, called out one of the largest crowds we ever saw on any similar occasion.[3]

Finally on March 26, 1871, Bishop Conroy, together with pastors from other city churches, blessed the new church with imposing ceremonies and dedicated it to Our Lady of Angels.  The participants and onlookers of the ritual included fully six thousand people who assembled around, outside, and within the church.[4]

Our Lady of Angels 

By 1890 the Our Lady of Angels congregation consisted of six hundred families and included numerous parish societies.  Parish organizations included the German Young Men’s Catholic Union, or German YMCU, which was founded before 1897.  Its offices were located at 410 Sheridan Avenue, next to the school of Our Lady of Angels.  The YMCU first appeared in Albany city directories in 1899- the year the writer assumes the society might have been created.   The Altar-Rosary society was founded on June 30, 1867, and fostered devotion to the rosary and provided furnishings for the altar.  The Saint Johannis Verein was established on June 9, 1878, as an Unterstützungverein.  The society joined the German Roman Catholic Central Verein in 1885.  The Verein had ninety members as of 1897, and its capital totaled $2,969.88.  Members paid quarterly dues of $1.25 for a $5.00 weekly sick benefit, a $100 death benefit, and a $75 benefit for the death of a member’s wife.[5]  The Holy Name Society was established in 1910 to promote proper respect for the Holy Name of Jesus.  The Saint Elisabeth Society for the Poor was organized on June 21, 1895, with forty members that conducted acts of charity within the parish.  The Saint Elizabeth Frauen Verein, the Männer-Unterstützungverein, the Saint Franciscus, and Saint Antonius Vereine were all founded before 1897.  The Catholic Mutual Benefit Association, Branch 230 was formed in the parish, circa 1903.  Other societies included the Knights of Saint John’s, Saint Francis Commandery, No. 102.  The Knights are an American Catholic fraternal order which was founded in 1879.  The men of Our Lady of Angels parish established the order in November 1899.  The Our Lady of Angels Council, No. 145 of the Catholic Benevolent League, or CBL, was organized circa 1888.  A choir group, the Liszt Chorus, was established on September 1, 1891, with thirty-eight members that met in the school house.[6]  Additional parish societies included the Sodality of the Blessed Sacrament, containing 320 members; the Little Sacred Heart, including ninety members; the Order of Saint Francis, counting 250 members; and the League of the Sacred Heart, numbering 1,000 members[7]
Our Lady of Angels, interior
Nineteen acres of land in Colonie were purchased in 1877 for the creation of a parish cemetery.  More acreage was later purchased in 1948 to increase its size.  The cemetery is located east of Colonie Center shopping mall on Central Avenue.  In traditional German manner the parish made an early provision for the education of the children.  On June 29, 1867, a parochial school was opened under the care of lay teachers, who were replaced two years later by religious instructors.  The parish purchased a building on Washington Avenue for use as a school on January 3, 1866, and then sold it on June 9, 1868.  A frame house next to the church on the southwest corner of Robin and Sherman Streets was acquired for use as the school.  Shortly thereafter, a new school was built in 1874 on Sherman Street and was in use until 1927, when a new modern school was built in its place.  By 1870 there were 200 children in the parish school under the direction of three Sisters of the Third Order of Saint Francis.  In 1957, with an enrollment of 822 pupils, Our Lady of Angels School was ranked as the fourth largest elementary school in the diocese.[8]  Regrettably, the school closed in 1986 due to dwindling enrollment.  The church served the community for 138 years until it held its final mass on April 3, 2005.[9]  (For a list of the Pastors of Our Lady of Angels Church, see appendix II.) 
Our Lady of Angels
convent & school
Pastors of Our Lady of Angels Church
Francis M. Neubauer, 1867-77
Pius Kotterer, 1877-79
Maurice Bierl, 1879-83
Anselm Auling, 1883-89
Louis Miller, 1889-92
Fidelis Voight, 1892-99
Alphonse Lehrscholl, 1899-1912
Henry Thameling, 1912-1919
Sylvester Ahlhaus, 1919-1926
Camillus Eichenlaub, 1929-32
Innocent Dressel, 1932-35
Stephen Korthas, 1935-42
Gerard Stauble, 1942-48
Dominic Rapp, 1948-51
Denis Gallagher, 1951-57
Cuthbert Dittmeier, 1957-63
Matthias Manley, 1963-66
Crispin Fuino, 1966-76
Camillus Murray, 1976-77
Conall McHugh, 1977-82
Giles Van Wormer, 1982-88
Alvin Somerville, 1988-2001
Sister Margaret Walker (Parish Life Director) 2001-05



[1] Leary, The History of Catholic Education in the Diocese of Albany, p. 269.
[2] One Hundred Anniversary Celebration, 1867-1967 Our Lady of Angels Parish (Albany: 1967), pp. 14-17. Our Lady of Angels Church, 125th Anniversary, 1867-1992 (Tappan, NY: Custombook, 1992), pp. 20-22.
[3] Joel Munsell, Collections on the History of Albany from its Discovery to the Present Time, Volume II (Albany: J. Munsell, 1867), p. 38. It was inconceivable for German Catholics to celebrate a religious festival without a colorful procession. Dolan, The Immigrant Church, p. 79.
[4] One Hundred Anniversary Celebration, 1867-1967 Our Lady of Angels Parish, pp. 16-17. Our Lady of Angels Church, 125th Anniversary, 1867-1992, pp. 20-22. Anne Roberts and Marcia Cockrell, eds., Historic Albany: Its Churches and Synagogues (Albany: Library Communications Services, 1986), p. 217. Albany Argus, March 27, 1871, 4:1. n. a., Geschichte der Deutschen in Albany und Troy, pp. 133-137.
[5] n. a., Geschichte der Deutschen in Albany und Troy, p. 97.
[6] n. a., Geschichte der Deutschen in Albany und Troy, pp. 177-179.
[7] Louden, ed. Catholic Albany, pp. 242-257. Times Union, August 7, 1914, 8:6. n. a., Geschichte der Deutschen in Albany und Troy, p. 137.
[8] Leary, The History of Catholic Education in the Diocese of Albany, p. 49. History of Our Lady of Angels School, 1867-1986 (Albany: Our Lady of Angels Church, 2002), pp. 1-5.
[9] Times Union, March 8, 2005, 1:2, April 4, 2005, B1: 2.