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The Arrival of my Ancestors ~ Waitangi Day

Today is Waitangi Day in New Zealand. It commemorates the date the Treaty of Waitangi was formally agreed between the Māori tribes of Aotearoa/New Zealand and the Queen of England way back in 1840. For all the Treaty’s faults, it helped pave the way for my ancestors to emigrate and settle in New Zealand. So,…

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Bridget (Power) O’Rourke… maybe ~ Wordless Wednesday

One of these women could be my great great grandmother, Bridget Power. Or not. Wordless Wednesday is an ongoing series at GeneaBloggers.

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Bridget (Power) O’Rourke ~ Sunday’s Obituary

Oh my word, it has been a long while since I’ve posted.  I have been busy with IHGS assignments, lots of family history research, and correspondence with distant cousins – hence this blog has been somewhat neglected. Thanks to a fellow IHGS student, I now have a copy of my great great grandmother’s obituary from…

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My Heritage Pie ~ SNGF

Every Saturday night Randy Seaver sends out a Saturday Night Genealogy Fun challenge at Genea-Musings.  Usually I miss out because of the time difference, but this week I thought I’d just post a day late! Our mission was to list our 16 great great grandparents, along with their birth, marriage and death dates. Then, determine…

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Beannachtaí na Féile Pádraig!

I always knew I had Irish ancestors, but was never quite sure who they were and exactly where they were from. In the 1990s I spent several years living in Ireland. Oh, when I think of all the research I could have done! But, I was busy studying and working and having fun. Back then,…

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Peter Gaffaney & Margaret O’Rourke ~ Wedding Wednesday

I just adore this photograph!  Isn’t it marvellous?  The gloves!  Those hats!  My great grandfather Peter looks quite the dapper lad, and my great grandmother Margaret so much the lady. Margaret is the daughter of Bartholomew O’Rourke, yer man from Ballymacdonnell, and Bridget Power.  She was born Margaret Mary/Monica O’Rourke on 7 September, 1885 in Napier,…

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O’Rourke family tree ~ Treasure Chest Thursday

Hidden amongst all the photos and documents in my father’s stack of genealogy “stuff”, I came across a faded copy of a hand drawn O’Rourke family tree.  It was barely legible in places, but I could make out quite a few names… including my great great grandfather Bartholomew! The tree started at Bartholomew’s grandfather and…

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