What happened to the sons of Denis Galligan and Catherine Doolan?

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?

“Did an operation precede death”? (Ontario civil death records)

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)

Happy Labour Day!

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!

Stepcousins?

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┬áTNG (The Next Generation of Genealogy Sitebuilding). Take, for example, the case of Eugene … Continue reading Stepcousins?