Patrick Galligan was born about 1807 in the townland of Loughaconnick, parish of Kilmore, Co. Cavan, Ireland, the eldest known child of Denis Galligan (c. 1782-1846) and Anne Kelly (c. 1785-1866). Three generations of Galligans emigrated to Fitzroy Township, Carleton County, Ontario in the 1830s and 1840s. The first to arrive in Canada was probably … Continue reading Last Will and Testament of Patrick Galligan
Deathbed wills are documents that were dictated orally by a testator who was in imminent peril of death, who did not expect to make it through the night, who did not hope to see another day. There is a more technical name for them -- noncupative wills[1. See, for example, Sharon DeBartolo Carmack, Where There's … Continue reading Deathbed Wills
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
Looking for a Catholic parish in the province of Québec? Check out the Drouin Institute's very handy Carte des paroisses catholiques du Québec jusqu'en 1912 (Map of the Catholic parishes of Québec up to 1912). You can zoom in on a region to get a better look at its parishes. Click on a blue pin to get the name … Continue reading Map of Québec Catholic parishes
My Lahey ancestors came from Killycross Upper, Ballymacegan, Lorrha, Co. Tipperary, Ireland;[1. Killycross Upper and Killycross Lower were sub-townland denominations within the townland of Ballymacegan.] and emigrated to March Township, Carleton Co., Ontario, Canada from the mid-1820s to the early 1830s. And the reason why we have their townland of origin is that John Lahey, … Continue reading From Ballymacegan, Lorrha, Tipperary to March Township, Carleton, Ontario
Canadian historical newspapers online: a great collection of links at Kenneth R. Marks' The Ancestor Hunt.
As I mentioned in my previous post, there is now a huge amount of LAC (Library and Archives Canada) material at Canadiana.org's Héritage website. This material includes 94 digitized microfilm reels of LAC's Upper Canada Sundries (RG 5 A1), 1766-1841 series. Héritage describes the series as follows: This series is part of the Civil Secretary’s Correspondence … Continue reading 1836 petition of inhabitants of Bathurst and Ottawa districts
The partnership between Library and Archives Canada and Canadiana.org over the next ten years involves the digitization, indexing and description of millions of personal, administrative and government documents. It will triple LAC’s digital content on the Web, and allow Canadians to access tens of millions of additional images regardless of where they live, at no charge. … Continue reading Early Ontario Protestant parish registers online