• The Irish side tends to be from either the Capital District of New York State, or various neighborhoods in south Brooklyn, or in many cases, both. Some major associated surnames: Haigney, Kelleher, Connors, Mahon/McMahon.

Here’s a bit more about the Haigney surname. Also, here are some Haigneys on a chart.  Plus: A  collection of Haigney-related newspaper clippings from the files. It’ll be updated as transcriptions are completed.

• The German side, which is more or less my grandparents and a couple of associated siblings, emigrated from Oberfranken (Upper Franconia). My grandparents arrived in the Greenpoint section of Brooklyn  in the mid-1920s. Major associated surnames: Rudroff, Forster, Held, Endres.

Click here for a brief explanation about the Archaeologist’s German ancestors, the Rudroffs and Forsters who lived near Oberailsfeld, Pfaffenberg and Köttweinsdorf, Germany.


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