“Missing Friends” advertisements

Are you looking for someone who emigrated from Ireland to North America in the nineteenth century? Welcome to the club! The booming business of Irish genealogy indicates that we are not alone. And their early twenty-first-century descendants are not the first to have searched for some of these emigrants. In the nineteenth century, the friends and relations of Irish emigrants (in both Ireland and the New World) often lost contact with those who had emigrated to North America, and who had then gone “missing.” Sometimes these anxious relatives placed advertisements in the local and regional newspapers — as did the friends and relations of emigrants from many different places, not just from Ireland.…

A Deathbed Conversion?

I’m adding the Rev. James R. Rossiter (1827-1862) to my list of record-keepers who went above and beyond the call of (record-keeping) duty; and whose records, therefore, now offer researchers a little something more. This list also includes William Dowdall Pigott, census taker extraordinaire, whose 1851 enumeration of Fitzroy township, Carleton Co., Ontario includes an Irish…

Irish Origins in Canadian Roman Catholic Marriage Records: St. John the Evangelist, Gananoque, Leeds Co., Ontario, Part I

From the register of St. John the Evangelist, Gananoque, Leeds Co., Ontario,1 a list of Irish-emigrant marriages from 4 January 1850 to 6 February 1855. I have only included marriages where the record supplies information about Irish origins (where at least an Irish county is named, in other words). To put it another way, I…