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TIGS Monthly Meeting Notes
March, 2004

These notes were taken and transcribed by TIGS Member Kristin Ayotte and
originally distributed thrrough the TIGS mailing list

 

Troy Irish Genealogy Society Meeting Notes
March 13, 2004

Member of TIGS did meet on 3/18/04 and although there were only 4 attendees we had some great conversation. We were under the assumption that perhaps attendance was low because all the Irish were out celebrating the night before and were a wee bit under the weather. Attending were Kay Brearton, Lizette Strait, Donna Vaughn and myself.

 

Old Business

Not to bore anyone, we did go over all of the Old Business from last month. Much of what is in the works is planned for the website and those attending are working on their contributions.

Lizette brought with her some great old newspaper articles concerning life along the Hudson in Troy and the surrounding areas that she will use in her spot. It is justly titled "Living On The Edge". Just the way newspapers articles were written with vivid, colorful description is great even without the content of the story. She has been doing much digging into old papers and I am sure all will enjoy when they are posted to the site.

 

New Business

New business included some information we want to share to the list; The State Museum is currently hosting a display containing articles gathered from a closed mental institution, you may have read articles in the local papers concerning it. After the closing of the facility workers found in barns and attics many suitcases that the inmates had arrived with containing their belongings. These suitcases had sat gathering dust as their owners passed from anyone's thoughts, long forgotten, wasted away and often times mis-diagnosed. Although the owners cannot be identified due to HIPPA regulations the display is poignant and thought provoking as to how members of our society could be treated in such fashion.

Troy City Hall has been hosting an Irish History Display on the 2nd floor.

A reminder of the Godfrey Library offering which according to Donna is easier to use than Ancestry. The cost of $35 a year is a bargain versus the increasing costs of other sites. Any one not familar with this let the list know and the information will be reposted.

Again we ask list members that can to become more involved by attending our monthly session. We will meet next on Thursday 4/15 at 6:15 at the Grove across from Hudson Valley Community College.

Good to see Jeanne back, sounds like your convention was a success, look forwarding to seeing you at the next meeting.

On another note Congratulations to Larry Malone on a succesful "Ancestor Hunt". Larry has been digging up bones for years now and recently broke down all kinds of Brick Walls. He made his first trip to Ireland, used his research material and ended up being hosted by members of his Malone family in County Offlay. Larry is my cousin so a sincere thanks for finding Irish cousins for me too. To top it he also met a McIntyre relation, our John Malone was married to Bridget McIntyre. They both immigrated over and ended up in Troy, both are buried in St. Marys. They were my great grandparents and Larrys grandparents.

Kristin Cooney-Ayotte

 

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