(updated 1 July 2020)
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My thanks to Maureen Day, my second cousin, who provided me with her research on the McGillen family. Her thorough work and her collection of photographs are invaluable.
Maureen’s ex-husband, Philip Day, wrote a book on their genealogy. Maureen was kind enough to share the McGillen part with me and I shall include it here.
Maureen’s special gift was a picture of Mary Ann McGillen Doherty, my grandmother, who died long before I was born. I remember meeting Aunt Nora Flynn and Aunt Clara Forestall in Bellevile when I was young but had no idea what Grandma Doherty looked like. And she was a real beauty, almost identical to her sister, Nora. I guess Grandma Doherty would have looked like Aunt Nora in the picture below, had she lived to a good age. I remembered Grandpa Doherty as an old man but seeing him in this picture gives me new insight.
Finding Maureen was a wonderful accident. My mom had a newsletter announcing a McGillen family gathering from many years ago. I called the contact number and there she was, ready to drive three hours to meet a distant relative and share her genealogical research.
What amazed me is how the Heffernan clan intermingles its way throughout my research. Here they are again.
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