As I mentioned in my previous post, there is now a huge amount of LAC (Library and Archives Canada) material at Canadiana.org's Héritage website. This material includes 94 digitized microfilm reels of LAC's Upper Canada Sundries (RG 5 A1), 1766-1841 series. Héritage describes the series as follows: This series is part of the Civil Secretary’s Correspondence … Continue reading 1836 petition of inhabitants of Bathurst and Ottawa districts
During the 1930s Alex and Annie operated a small grocery shop in their home on Armstrong St. In the depths of the depression my father, who was a railroader, got very little work and we were often short of cash. At those times our credit was good and we could always get the essentials at … Continue reading Occupation: Married Woman (Canada Voters Lists, 1935-1980)
John Lahey the Elder was the eldest of six known Lahey siblings who emigrated from Ballymacegan, Lorrha, Co. Tipperary to March Township, Carleton Co., Ontario in the 1820s and early 1830s. John Lahey the Elder never married; and, having no children of his own to inherit his land (100 acres at Concession 3, Lot 14, … Continue reading John Lahey the Elder’s Will
John Alexander, Sir John A, John, Johnny, Dad, Da, Daddy. The Big Guy, Ye Big Hoser. My father, John Alexander Moran (6 September 1934-14 March 2013), in an early-1960s, "Mad Men"-era photograph. He's the tall, dark, and handsome young rogue at the far left: Lahey cousin in the background. As always, and of course.
William Henry Killeen (1857-1904) was a son of Denis Benjamin Killeen and Ellen O'Brien, and a grandson of Denis Killeen and Mary Ahearn. In November 1885, he married Lucy Armstrong (1863-1956), a daughter of James Armstrong and Bridget Kelly, and a granddaughter of Joseph Armstrong and Catherine Smith. Lucy Armstrong was the first cousin of … Continue reading William Killeen and Lucy Armstrong
LAC's Upper Canada Land Petitions (1763-1865) database is an index to the petitions, with the actual (that is to say, the digitized microforms of the actual) petitions found elsewhere at the LAC site. Somewhat annoyingly, there is no direct link from the index to the digitized microforms of the actual petitions. The index to the … Continue reading “she & her infant family are left totally destitute”: the Widow Hourigan petitions the Crown (part I)
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)
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