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Irish American Discovers Immigrant Great-Grandfather in 1929 Seattle Photograph

Posted by Jean-Yves on Nov 29, 2019

Imagine exploring a photo exhibit, only to find a picture of your great-grandfather staring back at you?

That recently happened to Irish American Casey McNerthney who discovered his great-grandfather Matt McAlerney, a native of Co Down, in a picture of railroad workers that was taken in Seattle in 1929.

Writing in The Seattle Times, historian Jean Sherrard recounted the story of how McNerthey surreptitiously found the picture of his Irish great-grandfather while attending a postcard and photo exhibit in Seattle.

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