Author Archive for M.C. Moran

Patrick Kenny: Home Child

Found in the household of John Scissons and Hannah O’Malley in the 1891 census of March township, Carleton Co., Ontario: Patrick Kenny, age 20, born about 1871 in England, father born England, mother born England, religion Roman Catholic, occupation Farm…

Hanorah Ryan’s Death Records

RC Burial Record and Ontario Civil Registration If you’re looking for Catholic ancestors, the parish register, if available, will be a very important, and in many cases the most important, source of genealogical information. Because the RC records typically supply…

Immense Forests (Upper Canada, 1838)

BAnQ (Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec) has an excellent online collection of maps of Québec, with some other regions covered as well.  Here, for example, is James Wyld’s A Map of the Province of Upper Canada (London: 1838). I especially…

Digitization of Irish RC Parish Records?

In his Irish Roots column of 25 October, John Grenham writes of the NLI’s plans to digitize its collection of RC parish records: The National Library has recently put out a request for tender for the digitisation of all of…

Border Crossings (Morans and Sullivans)

Two of the daughters of Alexander (“Sandy”) Michael Moran and Mary Ann Leavy married men by the name of Sullivan, which two men appear to be completely unrelated to one another. One Sullivan was born in Canada and died in…

Moran household, 1842

From the 1842 census of Huntley township, Carleton Co., Ontario (Upper Canada),1  a snapshot of the household of James Moran and Margaret Jamieson. This census lists only the head of household by name (here Jas. [=James] Morin [=Moran]); other members are…

A Visit to Brother André’s Shrine

Canada’s “‘Rocket Richard’ of religion” has been canonized. Here’s a photograph from the mid-1950s, of a visit to Brother André’s shrine (St. Joseph’s Oratory, Montreal). The photo shows my grandparents, with my grandmother’s cousin Clifford Lahey and his wife Stella…