One of the most incredibly thrilling things to happen to me in a long time is my discovery of Ancestry.com. For years, I thought my mother's name was just too common to trace. O'Neill, Shea, Sullivan is like Smith, Doe and well, Sullivan. But for some crazy reason, one day, I just decided to take the plunge for one month and see what came up. Expecting nothing, I plugged in what I knew. Then I looked a couple of days later and saw the little green hint leaf blowing and clicked. Lo and behold I see a picture of my Grandfather that I recognized. I contacted the owner of the hint and the rest is history. A third cousin, she filled me in (she is training to become a certified genealogist) on all 12, yes, 12 siblings on my maternal Grandfather's side. Long story short, I received photos that I would have never, ever seen of my mother, the birthplace of the 12 sisters and brothers in Ireland..and may make the journey to a reunion this summer...check it out!!!
O'Neill Family Farm - Collorus, Kerry Ireland
Mom, Fashionable 7 year old in 1920 and Grand Aunt Sheila looking tres chic too! At The Bronx Zoo!