Eileen & Stephen, many thanks. I have a mystery to solve. My birth father, son of Mabel/Mary, abandoned me when I was about 6 months old, after my birth mother died. I was in an orphanage until adopted by wonderful Irish immigrants.
I was born in Brooklyn and raised in Bayside, Queens about two miles from Whitestone, and went to High School in the Bronx which meant I traveled into Whitestone every school day via Flushing. Any relation to the NYC Cardinal Dolan?
I need all the help I can get. I'm so used to being Irish with freckles and all, it was quite a surprise to introduce Van Dyke into my Irish ancestry.
Once again, many thanks!