Mirota Sisters as George and Martha Washington – 1932

Mirota sisters as George and Martha Washington, 1932

Mirota sisters as George and Martha Washington, 1932

By George – it’s Washington’s Birthday! In this photo my sister recently sent me, Mary Mirota was dressed as George Washington, with her sister, Genevieve, dressed as Martha. The picture was taken at their farmhouse in Readington Township, Hunterdon County, New Jersey. They both were very handy with sewing machines, so most likely they made their own costumes.

I love when it turns out that my sister and I have similar photographs from years back. The version below is the copy that I have in my photo stash, with the caption showing the year of 1932.

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I have so much fun doing genealogy with my sister! Happy Sunday!

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(Almost) Wordless Wednesday – Classic Child’s Toy

Playing the xylophone.

Playing the xylophone.

My sister recently sent me this old black and white photograph of my father playing the xylophone with me.  How wonderful to receive a photo that I don’t remember! Classic children’s toys like this never go out of style.  I wonder if it was a baby gift given to me, or if it was it a hand-me-down from my older siblings.

Thanks, Sissy, for sharing the photo with me! You can click on the picture to enlarge it.

Wordless Wednesday is a blogging prompt suggested by Geneabloggers.

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Those Places Thursday – 51 Lisburn Road, Belfast, Ireland

Death Record for Ellen Doran, 19 March, 1907. Source: http://www.nidirect.gov.uk/index.htm

Death Record for Ellen Doran, 19 March, 1907. Source: http://www.nidirect.gov.uk/index.htm

I received the death record for my great-great-grandmother, Ellen Little Doran from the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency, after ordering it from NIDirect. The address given for her place of death was 51 Lisburn Road, Belfast, Ireland. A little bell went off in my head about having seen that address on other family records. When I did a search I understood why – it was the site of the Belfast Union Workhouse and Infirmary, now part of City Hospital, Belfast, County Antrim, Northern Ireland, UK. You can click here to read more about the history of the hospital from PRONI.

Ellen Little Doran died of bronchitis at the age of 63, but most likely she was closer to 67 based on other records. She had been cared for by her daughter-in-law, Lizzie Doran, at 72 McDonnell Street, in the Falls area of West Belfast. My great-grandparents, Bernard and Mary Hall Doran, named their first daughter Ellen, in 1884, in honor of her grandmother.

The Belfast Workhouse Infirmary was built in the early part of the 19th Century to provide sick beds for the poor, destitute, and working-class residents of the rapidly growing city. It opened in 1841. The City Hospital of Belfast, built on the grounds of the previous hospital, still uses the same address. Here is a photograph showing what the hospital looks like now, from Wikipedia.

"Belfast City Hospital" by eowin - This image was originally posted to Flickr as Belfast City Hospital (just cropped a bit). Licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons - http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Belfast_City_Hospital.jpg#mediaviewer/File:Belfast_City_Hospital.jpg

“Belfast City Hospital” by eowin – This image was originally posted to Flickr as Belfast City Hospital (just cropped a bit). Licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons – http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Belfast_City_Hospital.jpg#mediaviewer/File:Belfast_City_Hospital.jpg

Those Places Thursday is a blogging prompt suggested by GeneaBloggers. Take a look at some other places mentioned by other bloggers.

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