Picnic for Twelve — A Family Memoir

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I am happy to report that one of my clients has published Picnic for Twelve, a book about his parents and their growing family as they navigated The Great Depression and other events over the last century. If you are interested in the life of Irish-Americans during the 1900s, have Boston-area ancestors, or are just looking to read a cleverly written yarn, I highly recommend that you download the book for your Kindle or purchase a print copy.

I provided genealogical research support on the Driscoll and Sheehan families. This was a fun and challenging project to work on, as various members of the family moved around a lot, originating in or living in locations including New York City, Southern California, here in Maryland, and of course, Massachusetts and Ireland. Along the way, vital records unlocked most of the clues needed to solve a few family mysteries. As part of the project, I read an early version of the manuscript. The author is a former editor of the Boston Globe and a great storyteller — I highly recommend this book!

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2 thoughts on “Picnic for Twelve — A Family Memoir

  1. William H Downe says:

    I believe the William Downe grave in the photo was born 1719, and was the county clerk in Keene, NH. i.e. one who approved, or at least recorded, grants of land for homestead in the ‘west’ country parceled at the time. I believe he was an ancestor of mine who never married; but his dob is early enough to suggest he was one of the original Downe(s) who came over in 1630.

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