15 August 2017

Historical talk on St. Patrick's Church, Albany

Earlier today this information was brought to my attention. A lecture by Frank DeNucci on the history of St. Patrick's church will be interesting and informative. St. Patrick's church became an anchor for the Irish in the upper Bowery section of today's Central Avenue neighborhood. After St. Patrick's was established in 1858 Irish Catholics no longer had to travel to St. Joseph's in Arbor Hill or St. Mary's in downtown; they had their own parish. Information on the lecture is below:

The History of Saint Patrick’s Church
On Thursday September 7, 2017 @12 Noon at the Hibernian Hall 375 Ontario
Street Albany NY, The Dick Connors Irish Cultural/Historical Lecture series will
present a lecture titled “The History of Saint Patrick’s Church,” given by
parishioner Frank DeNucci. Come and enjoy a fascinating look at 160 years of
Saint Patrick’s Church history to the present Shrine Church of Our Lady of the
Americas. Cost is $15 per person and includes luncheon. Please make
reservations via email to Paul Collins at pcollin1@nycap.rr.com if you plan to attend.

St. Patrick's Church
Photo courtesy Times Union

Tombstone Tuesday

The photo below is located in Albany Rural Cemetery in Section. It is one of my favorite gravestones. Although it is sad that the stone is for a child, the grave marker is a basic small white marble chair with no adornments. I have not done any research into this stone but I believe that it is in the Morris plot. Someday, perhaps I will tackle this stone with D2.

11 August 2017

Troy History Walk

This info comes to me from the Rensselaer County Advertiser newspaper.

Join Rensselaer County Historical Society and Rensselaer Land Trust in a History walk through Troy on Saturday, August 26th, from 9:30am-11:30am. Kathryn Sheehan, Registrar and Rensselaer County & City of Troy Historian will lead us from the Hudson River to Poesten Kill covering almost three centuries of changes the landscape of Troy. We will meet at the Rensselaer County Historical Society located at 57 Second Street in Troy. Wear comfortable shoes and bring something to drink. The cost is $20 per person and you can register online at www.renstrust.org.

Friday Funny


08 August 2017

Tombstone Tuesday : More Wildlife

This photo finishing up with the last of animal photos in the cemetery... well until more are taken. Here a black cat peeks out from behind an obelisk.

07 August 2017

Military Monday : Dr. William Ogden McDonald

This week's military bio is on Dr. William Ogden McDonald. Aside from marrying my first cousin five times removed, Barbara Helen Hitchcock; and that he was a surgeon in the Civil War very little is known about him. Most of the documentation that I have on him comes from his 26 March 1918 obituary in The Brooklyn Daily Eagle. His obituary is below:

With Armies of Cumberland and
Potomac in Many Battles. 

Dr. William Ogden McDonald, a Civil War veteran, and a practicing physician and surgeon in New York City for fifty years, died at his residence, 519 Fifth street, South Brooklyn yesterday, after a short illness. His funeral services will be held private, followed by cremation. Dr. McDonald is survived by his wife, Barbara Helen Hitchcock, who was born in Troy, N.Y., and to whom he was married on January 9, 1870. He is also survived by a brother, Dr. Roderick E. McDonald of Daytona Beach, Fla.

Dr. McDonald was born in Waddington, N.Y., the son of Angus McDonald of Scotland and Ann Case. He was educated in public and private schools, and graduated from the new York Medical College in March, 1855. He practiced in New York City until the breaking out of the Civil War, when he entered the service of the United States on June 10, 1861, as assistant surgeon of the Sixty-first Regiment of New York Volunteers. In January, 1863, he became surgeon of the Twenty-seventh Regiment of Connecticut, ranking as surgeon of United States Volunteers staff. He was in the Army of the Potomac until May, 1863, when he was sent to the Army of the Cumberland, as surgeon of the Second Regiment of Kentucky Cavalry in the Cavalry Corps. He participated in the Peninsular campaign, the battles of Antietam, Fredericksburg and "Mud March," Chancellorsville, Chickamauga, Chattanooga, the operations around Lookout Mountain and Missionary Ridge, and in Sherman's march to Atlanta. He went with his command to Resaca, Ga., He was then sent to the Army of the Potomac, with which he took part in the Wilderness campaign, and from that on to Appomattox. During this service he was on duty in the depot field hospital of the Army of the Potomac, and when that was dissolved he became chief medical officer of the Third Division of the Fifth Army Corps, and afterward chief medical officer of the hospital of the Sixth Army Corps.

Dr. McDonald resigned from the Army service on June 10, 1865, with the rank of lieutenant colonel, and was examining surgeon for pensions in New York City from 1877 to 1884. He practiced medicine in New York City, with the interval of his service in the Army, from March, 1855 to 1905, when he retired from practice. For some twenty years he was in the faculty of the New York Homeopathic Medical College, first as professor of anatomy, and afterward as professor of gynecology.

Dr. McDonald was a member of the American Institute of Homeopathy, the Army and Navy Club of Connecticut, the Society of the Army of the Potomac, the New York Commandery of the Military Order of the Loyal Legion, and of George Washington Post, G.A.R.

06 August 2017

DNA Kits on Sale!

From time to time as I am notified or find genealogy related items that are "on sale" I usually post an article for those who might be interested. For me, unfortunately I get no cut in that action, perhaps I should look into that.

Anyways, Ancestry.com has a sale on its DNA kit for $79 with free shipping. To get this great price and free shipping (usually about $8-9) use the coupon code FREESHIPDNA. Additional kits are $69 each. The coupon code expires soon so check it!

Check FamilyTreeDNA.com for their 20% off sale on the various FamilyTreeDNA kits.

05 August 2017

July Update for the Evangelical Protestant Cemetery

Much work is being accomplished at Albany's Evangelical Protestant Cemetery this year. A blog was created for the cemetery and a link for the cemetery and its reclamation project can be found here. The latest update for work at the EPC can be found here with videos and pictures.

01 August 2017

Tombstone Tuesday : Cat

The above photo was taken at the Evangelical Protestant Cemetery in Albany during the Summer 2016. A cat was perched on a modern granite grave marker searching for prey until I disturbed it. Sorry kittty!