If your ancestors were amongst the early Irish of the Ottawa Valley,[1. By "early Irish," I mean those who were in Upper Canada by the late 1820s (well before the Great Famine; and by the way, if you are researching Ireland-to-Canada ancestors, please don't assume that they emigrated during the Famine era: they may have … Continue reading The McCabe List
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 the age of 24, he was 5 foot 10: This from a newly added database … Continue reading How tall was Denis Killeen?
If you are researching Catholic ancestors in the UK, you should definitely consult Michael Gandy's Tracing Your Catholic Ancestors (Public Record Office, 2001). It is a brief (only 64 pages) but comprehensive guide to the Catholic records, and also (and alas! for anyone researching Catholic ancestors during the Penal Period of 1559-1829) to the dearth … Continue reading Michael Gandy, Tracing Your Catholic Ancestors
As noted in the previous entry, John Delaney and Emma Dean were married at Salford, England on 16 January 1886; a year and a half later, their Protestant marriage was blessed by a Catholic priest at Notre Dame de Grâce, Hull (Ottawa County, Québec, Canada). From the GRO (General Register Office), here is a copy … Continue reading A marriage certificate (John Delaney and Emma Dean)