Follow Friday: Troy newspaper clippings

I’m not sure why they collected them in the first place, but I’m really grateful to the long-ago employees of the Burden Iron Works in Troy, N.Y. who amassed a treasure trove of newspaper clippings.

The volunteers of the Troy Irish Genealogy Society have indexed marriage and death notices from this clippings collection. It was here that I found the April 1892 death notice for my great-great-grandmother, Mary Haigney, wife of Martin. It not only pinpointed the dates of her death and funeral; it gave the address where the family was living at the time.

Indexed by last name, the clippings are a cinch to search and a wonderful resource to check out if you have family connections to Troy — whether or not they worked at Burden.  For instance, I haven’t yet found evidence that anyone from my family was employed at the ironworks. (Although someone may eventually turn up, since Burden was a major economic player in Troy.) But the death notice was there, luckily for me.

Quick update: I should add that this database was also instrumental in helping me make progress with one of my big brick walls — figuring out where my great-grandfather Joseph (Mary’s son) was in 1900. I wrote about it here.

Death notices from the Burden Iron Works files

Marriage notices from the Burden Iron Works files

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2 Comments on “Follow Friday: Troy newspaper clippings”

  1. Thanks, Bill! I will mention it on the list; I am a big fan :)

  2. Bill McGrath says:

    I enjoyed reading how you found a relative in the clipping files from the Burden Iron Works.

    Are you on the TIGS mailing list? This would make an interesting post to the list.

    Regards,

    Bill McGrath
    Clifton Park, NY


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