I am Valerie's lst cousin,Suzanne Gougherty... its been a few years now that you have been in touch with each other per the posting. I just returned from NYC and have been doing research on the Gougherty Family. I have come across some documention on my Grandfather, Thomas Gougherty and his brother Edward Gougherty - and their father Daniel Gougherty, and his mother Marie Gougherty.
I have made other discoveries as well. My father is William Thomas Gougherty born 1920 in Michigan. My dad's siblings were: Robert, James and Catherine. Catherine is Valerie's mother, and of course my Aunt.
There are many first names in the Gougherty clan that remain the same-- generation after generation. And as a child I remember my father talking about the importance of caring on those first names. Names such as: Daniel, Thomas, Robert, William, etc. We still carry those names in our Gougherty family tree.
Let me know if you are interested in talking with me. The best to you and your family.
Suzanne Gougherty. Daughter of William T. Gougherty, mentioned above.