Denis Galligan, son of Patrick Galligan (c.1807-1870) and Mary Cullen (c. 1807-1843), was born about 1841 in the townland of Loughaconnick, parish of Kilmore, Co. Cavan, Ireland. In the early 1840s, he and his parents and siblings emigrated to Canada, settling in Fitzroy Township, Carleton County, Ontario.[1. Three generations of this Galligan family emigrated to … Continue reading What happened to the sons of Denis Galligan and Catherine Doolan?
Years ago now (in the early summer of 2011, as I recall), I took my Dad to the Ottawa-Carleton Land Registry Office (at the Court House on Elgin St., Ottawa) to do a bit of family history research. Our mission? To find something relating to our ancestor Denis Killeen (my dad's 2x great-grandfather, and therefore … Continue reading Carleton County land records online
Norma Gillespie is researching her Gillespie ancestors, who originally came from Screeby, Co. Tyrone (but very near the border with Co. Fermanagh; and in the McCabe List, William Gillespie gave his townland and county of origin as Screeby, Fermanagh). William Gillespie was in Upper Canada, in the Bytown [Ottawa] area, by 1829, at which point … Continue reading Gillespie family history
Death records often supply interesting (and occasionally rather gruesome) details about an ancestor's cause of death. And while the information found in early Ontario civil death records is a bit scanty, once we get into the twentieth century, the records become much more detailed, and therefore much more valuable to the family historian. Resist the … Continue reading “Did an operation precede death”? (Ontario civil death records)
Some of the work performed by my Canadian (including my Ireland-to-Canada emigrant) labourer ancestors: Worked in agriculture as farm labourers Helped build canals (e.g., the Rideau Canal) Helped build railways (e.g., The Grand Trunk Railway) Helped harvest and transport trees in the logging industry, as "shantymen/shantyboys" (i.e., as lumberjacks) Drove teams of horses as teamsters … Continue reading Happy Labour Day!
And Bob's Your Uncle... Sometimes it really helps to have a genealogy program that can calculate and display more than one relationship between two given individuals -- which is what I have at Ottawa Valley Irish: A Genealogy Database, where I use TNG (The Next Generation of Genealogy Sitebuilding). Take, for example, the case of Eugene … Continue reading Stepcousins?
A DNA Match Suggests an Answer A number of years ago, when I was researching my Killeen ancestry, I asked: What Happened to William Killeen? William, the son of Denis Killeen and Mary Ahearn, was born in March township (Carleton County, Ontario) in 1832, and can be found in the 1851 Canadian census, living in … Continue reading What Happened to William Killeen? (Revisited)
Where did Michael James McGlade Reside? Sometimes you can't find a person, no matter how carefully and thoroughly you look. And sometimes you find the same person at more than one address (and in more than one census return) at roughly the same time. Such is the case with Michael James McGlade, son of John … Continue reading “Now comes Thos. L. Ryan…”