Author Archive for M.C. Moran

Ancestry removes ‘Old Search’

I’ve used Ancestry for years, and have never had any major complaints about the service. Oh, the odd gripe here or there, sure, but nothing major, nothing serious. Mostly, I’ve been a satisfied customer. A highly satisfied customer, even. But…

John Alexander Moran, 1934-2013

John Alexander, Sir John A, John, Johnny, Dad, Da, Daddy. The Big Guy, Ye Big Hoser. My father, John Alexander Moran (6 September 1934-14 March 2013), in an early-1960s, “Mad Men”-era photograph. He’s the tall, dark, and handsome young rogue…

Google News Archive is back

Google News Archive was first launched about four years ago (in 2010, I think?), only to disappear at some point in 2011. Much to the disappointment of those whose idea of a good time is to google their grandparents, and…

Ottawa Teacher’s College, ca. 1961

After moving from Perth to Ottawa when she was about 16 years old, my mother attended two Ottawa schools: 1). Notre Dame Convent School (south side of Gloucester Street,near Metcalfe), where she completed high school; and 2). The Ottawa Teacher’s…

Newsworthy

Nowadays, you pretty much have to be famous (or perhaps infamous) to have a notice of your travel or holiday plans published in the newspaper. Not so in 1913! My great-grandparents Alexander Michael Moran and Anna (“Annie”) Maria Benton certainly…

Scarlet fever deaths in March Township, 1870-1871

You know you’re a census geek when you find yourself reading the “Nominal Return(s) of Deaths” from the Canadian census returns. The “Nominal Return of the Deaths within the last twelve months” (1871 Census of Canada, Ontario, Carleton County, Township…

Who was John English?

And was he English, Irish, or French?1 When Annie McGlade died on 21 April 1889, at the age of 25, she was buried at St. John the Baptist RC Cemetery in Perth (Lanark Co., Ontario). Her headstone identifies her as…

Boxing Day Wedding, 1963

I should have posted these photos on 26 December 2013: fifty years later. My parents were married (at Our Lady of Fatima, Ottawa) on Boxing Day, 1963. Well, I am biased, of course (I mean, obviously), but these photos, taken…