Register of Notre Dame Basilica, Ottawa: Part 1

If you're looking for Catholic ancestors in the Bytown/Ottawa area and beyond (see below), you will probably (and by "probably" I mean "almost certainly") want to check the parish register for Notre Dame Basilica, Ottawa. The register is available online at two different sites: At FamilySearch.org, as part of their collection titled Ontario, Roman Catholic … Continue reading Register of Notre Dame Basilica, Ottawa: Part 1

Irish Counties in Fitzroy Harbour Mission Marriage Records, 1852-1856

From 1852, there was a Catholic Mission at Fitzroy Harbour (Carleton Co., Ontario). A stone church (St. Michael's) was built in 1861;[1. This stone church replaced a wooden church that had burned to the ground in 1854. The suspected cause of the fire was anti-Catholic vandalism. See Marion G. Rogers, "St. Michael's Church Fitzroy Harbour," … Continue reading Irish Counties in Fitzroy Harbour Mission Marriage Records, 1852-1856

First Man Born in the Township [of March]? (Patrick Killeen/Killean)

As noted in an earlier entry ("Where Was Patrick Killeen Born?"), different sources give a different birthplace for Patrick KilleenĀ (1820-1890), son of Denis Killeen and Mary Ahearn. While his Ontario civil death registration lists his birthplace as Ireland, several other sources (including the Canadian census returns of 1851 and 1861[1. I have not yet found … Continue reading First Man Born in the Township [of March]? (Patrick Killeen/Killean)

Patrick Cavanaugh and Bridget Killeen

Another Killeen couple with surprisingly few marriages amongst their offspring: Bridget Killeen was one of the daughters (possibly the fourth daughter, and fifth child) of Denis Killeen and Mary Ahearn, and a sister of Hanora (married Michael Donahue), and also of Ellen (married Mathew Daley), of Patrick (married Bridget Galligan), of Margaret Jane (married John … Continue reading Patrick Cavanaugh and Bridget Killeen