Formerly of the father’s Irish county

(Or formerly of [the father's native] England, as the case may be.) This is bordering on fussy pedantry, perhaps. Or maybe it crosses that border? But genealogical research is all about paying attention to the small details. And Irish genealogy, especially, requires close attention to the small details. Given the paucity of Irish records, and … Continue reading Formerly of the father’s Irish county

Currie/Curry or Corry, from Fermanagh to the Ottawa Valley

A reader is looking for information on a family who emigrated from Co. Fermanagh, Ireland to the Ottawa Valley in the early- to mid-19th century. The family name was Currie/Curry or Corry, and the forenames were Patrick, Frank, Thomas, and Christopher. They apparently left Ireland with the Lunney family who settled at Pakenham (Lanark Co., … Continue reading Currie/Curry or Corry, from Fermanagh to the Ottawa Valley

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

Cause of Death for James Hourigan?

A couple of family connections have told me that James Hourigan, son of Thomas Hourigan and Julia Moran, died in the Great Fire of 1870. Their source of information was apparently Alec Lunney's "My Maternal Ancestors," which I posted here.[1. From Alec Lunney's  “A Collection of Family and Ottawa Area Information.”] But looking closely at Alec … Continue reading Cause of Death for James Hourigan?