I have always been interested in family origins, but I really got active doing research when I got this computer with a cable modem a year ago. I already had a lot of pictures and other family archives before, but didn't have the means or the time to do much with them. Now it is a near obscession. My mother is also a great source of information. She heard stories growing up about the Beary ancestors. One story she told me was about Michael the immigrant. He seems to have been a practical joker. He would come home from work and sneak up to the door and slide his big knife under the door to scare the children. Also, when Thomas and James Beary came to south Louisiana there was somewhat of an uprising in progress by a band of former slaves in the area. It seems that the locals could not or would not deal effectively with the situation. James agreed to become sheriff of the parish and handle the situation which he did in short order. My mom said that a song was made up by the locals having something to do with "when Thomas and James came to town". She doesn't remember the rest of the song, but it seems to fit with the characters that the Beary boys were. I have come across many stories on both sides of my family as I delve into the research. It is extremely exciting to uncover the rich history of our family. My full name is James Thomas Dossey. I was given the nickname "Jamie" although I don't know if it was after somebody or just a generic Irish nickname. I was born on September 8th, 1956 in Thibodaux, Louisiana, which is where Thomas and James Beary came to. My grandmothers family, the Coignets also settled in this area in the early 1800's. It is easy for me to get side tracked because all of the family is interesting. It would be great if we could get together for a family reunion sometime. We have been trying to plan one down here, perhaps this spring or summer. Have you ever been down south? I regret, I have never been to Illinois. Well so long for now. Please keep in touch. You're welcome to contact me through the e-mail address I gave you.