Death of Alexander Michael Moran

Newspaper obituaries often supply loads of genealogically useful information, along with interesting forename and surname spellings. Here, for example, is the obituary for my paternal great-grandfather Alexander Michael Moran (1871-1939). A fairly standard obituary, which informs readers of the death of A.M. Moran, and supplies practical information about the arrangements for his funeral and burial. … Continue reading Death of Alexander Michael Moran

Scarlet fever deaths in March Township, 1870-1871

You know you're a census geek when you find yourself reading the "Nominal Return(s) of Deaths" from the Canadian census returns. The "Nominal Return of the Deaths within the last twelve months" (1871 Census of Canada, Ontario, Carleton County, Township of March) for the Township of March records twenty deaths in the township for the … Continue reading Scarlet fever deaths in March Township, 1870-1871

The Barley Grain For Me (O.J. Abbott and Pete Seeger)

O.J. [Oliver John] Abbott, Home Child, singing "The Barley Grain For Me" with Pete Seeger, at the Newport Folk Festival, 1959-60: How/why did this English orphan from Paddington, London know so many of the old Irish tunes? Because when he was sent to Canada, as an 8- or 9-year old boy, he was placed with … Continue reading The Barley Grain For Me (O.J. Abbott and Pete Seeger)

Research Tip of the Day (Oral History Interviews)

If you read genealogy 'how-to' books, 'researching your family history' guidebooks, advice for oral historians, and so on and so forth, you've no doubt already come across this very obvious, but very important, piece of advice. But the advice (or admonition) is so important, I believe (and I speak from bitter, regretful experience), that I … Continue reading Research Tip of the Day (Oral History Interviews)