Author Archive for M.C. Moran

The 1921 Census of Canada

is finally available, though not yet indexed by name. It is now available free of charge at ancestry.ca (but without index by name, so you need to know where your ancestors lived in order to readily find them). According  to John…

Family ties: how far back do they go?

When my paternal grandparents married in 1932, each was marrying into a familiar family. As I’ve mentioned before, my Moran ancestors and my Lahey ancestors have been linked by intermarriage since the middle of the 19th century. Not that my paternal…

Bigamy in the 19th century: how common?

I’m going to guess: not very common. And yet, it certainly did happen. I’ve actually come across very solid evidence of a bigamy case in the 1840s in the parish register for St. Philip’s RC Church in Richmond. No relations…

Link

Some excellent advice by professional genealogist John Grenham, whose Irish Roots column is a must-read.

Where is the 1921 Census?

Where is the 1921 Census of Canada? On June 4, 2013, it was supposed to “be available to researchers in the next few weeks.” It’s July 12, 2013. That’s more than a “few” weeks.

Three Generations

My great-grandmother Catherine Honora McCarthy (1876-1941), with her daughter Noreen McGlade (1913-1996), and one of her granddaughters. Credits: Fonts: Coldstyle, Heck Italic; P22 Typewriter; Saltpetre. Typewriter Alphabet keys: HGD by Laurie Ann. All other papers and elements by the Shabby Princess. View…

Free Irish Records for 4 Days

Via John Reid’s Anglo-Celtic Connections, Findmypast is offering free access to its Irish birth, marriage, and death records for four days, from 27-30 June. This gesture of generosity from the UK-based Findmypast as an apparent commemoration of the destruction by…

How tall was Denis Killeen?

How tall was my 3x-great-grandfather Denis Killeen (1786-1850)? According to his record of service, he was 5 foot 8 when he enlisted in the 97th Regiment of Foot at the age of 18, in 1804; and six years later, at…