It's nice to communicate with someone who is familiar with our family research. I've been in e-mail contact with Ed and Ellie's daughter Mary and in phone contact with Mary's sister Margaret.
I am a native of Holyoke as are the Donoghue and Burns segments of the family. Mary helped me immensely by providing a few baptismal certificates from Ireland which pertain to part of the family. Although I lived in western Mass growing up, I only became aware of Mary and Margaret after I started doing research. I visited with Mary in her home a few years ago.
I try to research the families connected to mine because you never know who has the information. I've found lots of ancillary family members who remember things that my direct ancestors could not.
By the way, I used to work out in central Mass. so I am very familiar with your area.
Rather than communicate via this forum, please contact me at email@example.com and I'll provide what I know although I have a suspicion that you already have most or all of what I have in regards to the Degray family.
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