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!

Ancestry removes ‘Old Search’

I've used Ancestry for years, and have never had any major complaints about the service. Oh, the odd gripe here or there, sure, but nothing major, nothing serious. Mostly, I've been a satisfied customer. A highly satisfied customer, even. But I've always relied on 'Old Search' to search the Ancestry databases. Because any time I've … Continue reading Ancestry removes ‘Old Search’

Best general guide to Scottish genealogy? to English genealogy?

If I had to name just one reference guide to Irish genealogy, I would not hesitate to say John Grenham's Tracing Your Irish Ancestors. As a general, all-purpose guide, there's no question that this is the book: it is very well-written and very well-organized; both comprehensive and comprehensible; and also just smart and insightful, which makes … Continue reading Best general guide to Scottish genealogy? to English genealogy?

“Mrs. Hugh Walsh, Latonia, Ohio:” Using FamilySearch

Michael McGlade's obituary (Perth Courier, 20 January 1905) notes that he was predeceased by his wife Bridget McNulty and by five of their nine children; and that he was survived by three sons and one daughter. Of the five dead children, the obituary records, one is buried in Perth (that one is Margaret McGlade, who died … Continue reading “Mrs. Hugh Walsh, Latonia, Ohio:” Using FamilySearch