“Okay, it’s time to visit the aunts. Ooh Mom, do I have to go? Yes you do, and change to your white top – I’ve just ironed it.” I grew up in California but when we visited our relatives in Wichita, Kansas, where both my parents were born and raised, and where I was born, … More Dirty Little Secrets — or the hidden 1897 story of the Slattery children in Kilrush
I’m in the midst of researching and pulling together a book about my Slattery family’s history in the town of Kilrush in County Clare, Ireland. But their story is inextricably bound to the tale of their magnificent home, Bonnie Doon, which was built sometime in the 1830s or before by a Scotsman, James Paterson, who … More Ye banks and braes o’ bonnie Doon…
I’ve just discovered a fascinating, fun way to look at our ancestors, through the website MyHeritage.com‘s brand-new colorization process! Of course, nothing beats the beauty of the best of those great old black and white photos, but sometimes the subtle colorization does allow you to see new details in the photos. Take a look and … More Our Ancestors In Living Color!
Ben and I are here in Kilrush, County Clare, to revisit the stories of my Dad’s ancestors. An easy 5am arrival at Shannon on Saturday was followed by a flat tire on our little rental Peugeot within the first 10 minutes of driving, after a close encounter with a curb on a narrow lane! But … More Newly-found Grogan cousins!
Since I have a few blog posts in various stages of development and haven’t worked on them recently, thought I’d share with you a little about my family history obsession and the fun, fascination and frustrations I’m having with it. (That’s not even getting into the DNA side of things — since more of my … More Obsessed with Family History!!!
Vegas Jazz DJ and musician “Easy Ed” Millar passes away at 92 My Dad’s cousin Edgar Lee Millar passed away at his Las Vegas home on Sunday, November 18, 2018, two weeks before his 93rd birthday. The only child of Benjamin Harrison Millar (“Uncle Ben” to most of us) and Fannie Luella Gelbach Millar in … More “Easy Ed” Millar (1925-2018)
According to his daughter Sharon Slattery Beach, her Dad Jack Slattery bought an Irish Sweepstakes ticket every year – but in the fall of 1952, his ticket was finally drawn!! “Dad was so excited when he got the news but I think he died before the race. His horse didn’t do well but Mom got … More Jack Slattery and the Luck of the Irish (Sweepstakes, that is…)
Michael Francis (Uncle Frank) Slattery (1863-1922) My 2nd Great Uncle Frank Slattery was born in the “market” town of Kilrush in County Clare, Ireland and died there in 1922. But in between lies quite a story! He was the sixth of nine children born to Thomas Slattery and Margaret Mulvihill, whose first child, also named … More The Irishman Who Lost His Toes in Wichita… and so Regained his Family Home in Kilrush!
Our Relatives in Show Biz – I originally started to write a single post about various members of our family who had been involved in show business – from vaudeville to television to music, theater and film–but quickly realized that there were some great stories that needed their own place. The first of these is… … More Show Biz Part 1 — VAUDEVILLE: Lloyd Byron Millar / aka Gus Elmore!
Last October when my Ben (DiGregorio) and I were finishing up our teardrop camping trip around the Southwest, Texas and the Midwest visiting relatives and National Parks, we were finally headed back home and stopped briefly in Las Vegas to say hello to my Dad’s cousin, Edgar Millar. He had alerted me that he wanted to … More Ben H. Millar’s Amazing Leather Notebook!!