The O'Donoghue Society

For all those interested in history and genealogy and whose names are derived from the Gaelic

From An Idea to A Good Idea

I emailed everyone on 5 April

"I was driving back from a game of golf this morning and was listening to a radio programme on the Spanish flu epidemic in 1917.  I had a thought! 
 
When I ask for journal articles they may seem like a lot of work to some, but if I just threw out a limited subject like the Spanish flu and suggested that folk just send me a small bite on how it affected their family, perhaps that may seem more doable.   no need to conjure up beautiful prose.
 
So once a month I will email a subject and ask for Snippets about it.  If you want to send me subject ideas that would be great.  Everything will be published in the blog on the web site.
 
A member has just sent me one of those messages that people put in the newspapers in the second half of the 19th century to try to trace missing relatives.  So this might be the sort of subject that I have in mind The Daily Telegraph, Sydney, NSW. Saturday 1st September 1906. Page 7.
DONOGHUE, Patrick, Left Manningham, England for New South Wales & was last heard from when going 250 miles from Sydney to work at railway construction. Sister Ann Donoghue, 55 Beamsley St, Manningham, Yorkshire seeks you.
 
I will try and add something to each Snippet if I have the knowledge.  For instance I could add some of the messages posted in the Boston Pilot from 1832 to 1920 to this one.
 
If you think this is a rubbish idea, I have no problem with you telling me."

The responses confirm that it is A Good Idea so I will do it!
 
I emailed everyone on 5 April

"I was driving back from a game of golf this morning and was listening to a radio programme on the Spanish flu epidemic in 1917.  I had a thought! 
 
When I ask for journal articles they may seem like a lot of work to some, but if I just threw out a limited subject like the Spanish flu and suggested that folk just send me a small bite on how it affected their family, perhaps that may seem more doable.   no need to conjure up beautiful prose.
 
So once a month I will email a subject and ask for Snippets about it.  If you want to send me subject ideas that would be great.  Everything will be published in the blog on the web site.
 
A member has just sent me one of those messages that people put in the newspapers in the second half of the 19th century to try to trace missing relatives.  So this might be the sort of subject that I have in mind The Daily Telegraph, Sydney, NSW. Saturday 1st September 1906. Page 7.
DONOGHUE, Patrick, Left Manningham, England for New South Wales & was last heard from when going 250 miles from Sydney to work at railway construction. Sister Ann Donoghue, 55 Beamsley St, Manningham, Yorkshire seeks you.
 
I will try and add something to each Snippet if I have the knowledge.  For instance I could add some of the messages posted in the Boston Pilot from 1832 to 1920 to this one.
 
If you think this is a rubbish idea, I have no problem with you telling me."

The responses confirm that it is A Good Idea so I will do it!
 
06.04.2018