Author Archives: Patricia Desmond Biallas

Mishaps, Trivia, and Surprises Revealed while Renovating Decades Old Wedding Album

Do you know what you were doing 35 years ago today? I do! I do! I was prepping for a wedding—my own. A few years ago, when our wedding album was quite literally falling apart, I decided I’d better redo … Continue reading

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Oh, Those Irish Romantics!

Tradition and romance appear to run deep in my line of the Desmond clan–more than two centuries deep–from what I’ve discovered so far.  It seems my great-great grandfather, Patrick Desmond (b. 1795) was baptized on his (and my) namesake’s day–exactly 223 … Continue reading

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Tips for Researching Desmond (& other Irish Surnames)

Last week I received an email from a fellow Desmond named “Claire” via the GeneaJourneys blog you’re reading right now. She’s  been researching her genealogy for a fairly short time and wondered if perhaps we were related due to having … Continue reading

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