Author Archives: Patricia Desmond Biallas

Hallowed Ground

(This post originally appeared on GeneaJourneys on October 26, 2011. It’s being republished today in honor of Memorial Day.) Many, many times over the years, I’ve struggled as a professional writer to find just the right headline, just the right lead, … Continue reading

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April Fool’s Day Birthday? Now, That’s No Joke!

Today, April 1, 2019, I celebrate the 110th birthday of my father, Gerald Joseph Desmond Sr. (1909-1979). Dad was the fifth and youngest child of Owen E. Desmond (1861-1953) and Ellen Mary (“Nellie”) Keating (1868-1952). Born and bred on Chicago’s … Continue reading

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Another Bud on the Branch (Model 18 Nov 2018)

Introducing the latest bud on the Desmond branch: Rylee Josephine Cowen. Rylee was born last night, 18 Nov 2018, at 10:15 pm CST in Kalamazoo, Michigan. She  weighed in at 7 pounds, 10 ounces. Her parents are Will Cowen and … Continue reading

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