I believe we need to know more about one another to determine whether we are related or not.
I am going to run down some things about myself and my family which may bring more light to this subject.I would appreciate it if you would reciprocate in kind.It may help.
As it turns out, my father (Bernard A. Dignan), lived with his father and mother at 746 Springfield Av. East Orange, NJ in the 1940's.My Grandfather, Bernard also - married to Anne, was brother to William F. and Edward J. Dignan.If William F. Dignan lived at 685 Springfield Av. at roughly this same time, they had to have known each other or have been related - liked BROTHERS! They were a block apart on Springfield Av.
My father, after WWII, married Ann Casey, also from East Orange.I was born in 1947 at East Orange General Hospital.Our family lived in Essex County our whole lives - my sister still lives in the area.
So where did you grow up?We knew of no relatives who were decendant from anyone other than Bernard X. or Edward J. Dignan.
All the dates of birth make sense so far.Michael J Duignan was born in 1854.He had children that were born in the 1880's - William and Edward and on and on (Irish Catholics, you know).My father, was born in 1912 - your mother was born around 1917. They might have been 1st cousins. These grandchildren all became adults in the 1930's - had families in the late 1940's and 1950's. You and I are the result.
You are probably in your early to middle 50's. So why don't you run down your family history for us (yeah, we're into this now - all us Duignan's / Dignan's)and we'll see if we can catch a few mnore links.