Last Will and Testament of Patrick Galligan

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

Why was my ancestor’s baptism (or marriage) recorded twice?

In searching for your ancestors' Catholic church records, the most common problem you'll encounter is that you cannot find a relevant record. There are any number of reasons why you haven't (or haven't yet) discovered the baptismal or marriage record that you've been hoping to find, but in general those reasons will fall under one … Continue reading Why was my ancestor’s baptism (or marriage) recorded twice?

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

From Ballymacegan, Lorrha, Tipperary to March Township, Carleton, Ontario

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

Married twice (to the same spouse)

Except that, in the eyes of the Catholic Church (and, perhaps just as importantly, in the eyes of the bridegrooms' Catholic parents), the first marriage ceremonies did not count, because the brides had not been baptized. Yes, that's brides and bridegrooms in the plural, because: Two Gaffney brothers, the sons of Bernard Gaffney and Catherine … Continue reading Married twice (to the same spouse)