Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Some help for those attempting to read old handwriting

The recently released images of Roman Catholic parish records have been perplexing to those of us unused to reading old handwriting.  While there is no simple recipe for converting the handwriting of long dead priests into modern type (or even early 20th century Palmer method penmanship), the following guide to recognizing how the letters of the alphabet were written during the last several centuries might help.  Thanks to Pat Sullivan for this reference.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Sample pages from Diarmaid O'Suilleabhain's first books

Our friend John O'Driscoll has provided some images of the first books written by Diarmaid O'Suilleabhain, Strand Road, Eyeries which John referred to in a recent message to the Beara mailing list. The Map in Irish is beautiful.

Friday, January 24, 2014

Pictures from Kathleen Dwyer's photo album

In the continuing quest to identify people in old photographs, our friend Pat Sullivan writes: 

These photos definitely came from Beara. I sent  them to my relatives on my grandfather's  side in Tuosist and they were pretty sure these came from my grandmother's side. She was Kathleen Dwyer from Adrigole. She emigrated in 1927. One of the photos is a street scene which may be identifiable. Another photo shows two men in front of a house. One man is sitting on a chair. I have a photo of my great-grandfather, Johnny Dwyer, in a similar setting. It looks as if the photos were taken at the same time and place.

So, if anyone reading this recognizes any of the people or places shown here, please leave a comment in the comments section or drop us a note over in the Beara mailing list.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Mystery Couple from Kilcatherine

Our friend John Hurley writes:

This is a photo of my grandparents on their wedding day, June 1908, in Butte, Montana.  They are the couple on the left, Annie Dwyer and John Dunne from Eyeries. I was told by my mother that she thinks her mother (Annie Dwyer) told her that the couple on the right are Sullivans from Kilcatherine.

Does anyone reading this recognize that couple on the right?  If you do, please let us know in comments or post something to the Beara mailing list.