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28 July, 2008

An OMcHodoy Picnic

The Geneabloggers group on the 'Net and Facebook are rounding up their ancestors and relatives for a whopper of a summer picnic! We are asked to "bring" the following:

What food does your family serve at picnics? Are there traditional foods or family recipes? Is there one particularrelative's specialty you wish you could taste again or oneperfect picnic day you wish you could go back and relive?

Participants will be showcased by Bill of West in New England. The deadline to partake is August 1.

I really can't answer the above questions for my ancestors because I just don't know and can't always make out what food is in the pictures. So I decided to put a different spin on this Picnic by showing some pictures from picnics from each of the families that make up the name OMcHodoy.

First, O, for O'ROURKE.
This picture, sent to me I believe by a TIGHE cousin I'll call J, shows my mother's parents James (sitting in the white shirt and loose tie) and Regina/Jean (DOYLE) O'ROURKE(standing up). The man sitting next to my grandfather is William TIGHE, who married my grandmother's sister Blanche. Thanks to J, I now know that the woman holding the baby is Kathryn (HOLLERAN) TIGHE (wife of Blanche and Williams' son William) and sitting next to her is Janet TIGHE, Blanche and Williams' daughter, who married an Eddie, well, WILLIAMS.

This picture is one I hold very dear, as it is one of the few that shows my "aunt"
Catherine and my "aunt" Jane in her young adult years. Left to right: Catherine (HENSEY) HOOVER, Neil JOHNSON, Anne (McQUEEN) TIGHE, Jane (WILLIAMS) JOHNSON, and my grandmother, Regina/Jean (DOYLE) O'ROURKE. I do have a very interesting tale to tell of Catherine in an upcoming post.
This picture has the above named people, plus my mother Jean (front row next to Catherine and Anne in the striped blouse), Catherine's husband Henry Hank HOOVER (standing at left) and I think the baby is Jane and Neil's first born son Lawrence/Larry.

Now on to "Mc". The following pictures I believe were taken from my father's paternal aunt's daughter's wedding (the names would include Annie (McHUGH) STROZESKI and Marty who married ROGOWICZ). It looks like some type of party, perhaps the reception, given the flowers and the wedding cake!

Now on to the "HOD", for HODICK. This series of pictures was taken somewhere in Niagara Falls, NY, and included members of the core HODICK family as well as their descendants' families, SCIBILIA, O'ROURKE, and of course, McHUGH.
Joe SCIBILIA, married my dad's sister NOREEN McHUGH.
Clara HODICK, wife of my dad's uncle William.

Now I do know who this handsome fella is, but since he is still alive and I have no idea how he might react to being identified (though anyone who looks like that would be proud, donchya think?), I won't name him. Suffice it to say he is the child of my father's mother's sister Sylvestina/Vesta HODICK (last name omitted).
Finally, a pic that included my dad, Dennis, lying down in the foreground, staring at the sky in a white t-shirt.

Before I move on to the final branch of OMcHODOY, it just dawned on me that the HODICK descendants either just had their annual reunion or are getting ready for it. It used to be in December, but I think it was moved to August.

And NOW ::::::drumroll please:::::: it's time for the only picture of the DOYLE clan that I have that I imagine was at some type of family gathering, and since it was taken outdoors, I'll say it was a picnic!

Above are the sisters of my maternal great-grandfather, John DOYLE (1876-1944). Left to right: Margaret (who was alive and married to CONROY into the 1900's but is STILL nowhere to be found in 1880), Mame (aka MaryAnn who married a TIGHE -- a different line than that of William and Blanche (DOYLE) TIGHE), Alice (who married LOVETT) and Johanna (who married HORAN).

26 July, 2008

Blog Showcase

This weekend there will be a blog showcase that bloggers can use as a way of "marketing" their blogs. Check it out at

I chose to post this here instead of my Orations blog because,well, this blog has been rather neglected as of late (by me). I thought one way to reinvigorate it was to reminisce about my favorite posts.

If you're curious about the name OMcHodoy, check out THIS POST that explains how it came to be.

If you have an affinity for ancestors with disabilities, or for the changing lives of people with disabilities, you will find several posts within this blog of my Aunt Anna and Aunt Marianne.

My Favorite Picture
The Epitome of Precious
It All Balances Out

If you like to read about discoveries, you'll find some things in here, too!

The Disappearing DOYLEs paired with
And of course,
The One That Started It All

There are too many posts in the past several years to hightlight them all, but hopefully the Showcase will bring in new people to the world of genealogy and give me a jump start at the same time!

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