She is a great lady. She is 82 now. I dont live in chicago but my entire family on my fathers side does. I was recently there in july. I was born in va beach, va my brother born in florida. My dad joined the navy and was stationed in norfolk, va where he met my mother and basically stayed for the rest of his life. I was just given a book of all our ancestors back to the 1800's which peaked my interest because some Byrnes and Mahoneys stayed behind in ireland while the rest immigrated to the US. There is no info of those that stayed behind and i would like to fill in the missing pieces and find relatives that are still in ireland. I have never met any of my grandmas family. Its nice to see someone as interested as i am abt heritage. Im sorry about your grandfather. I think it would have been cool to meet him. Like you its been mostly my mother's side that was always around. I could give you names of relatives still in ireland if you would like to look for them also. I think it would be neat to trace the ones that stayed and maybe contact someone there who is family.