Stepcousins?

And Bob's Your Uncle... Sometimes it really helps to have a genealogy program that can calculate and display more than one relationship between two given individuals -- which is what I have at Ottawa Valley Irish: A Genealogy Database, where I use┬áTNG (The Next Generation of Genealogy Sitebuilding). Take, for example, the case of Eugene … Continue reading Stepcousins?

John Joseph McCarthy, James McCarthy, and two unidentified

Courtesy of Ryan McCarthy (a descendant of Eugene McCarthy and his first wife Catherine Traynor), here's a really nice studio portrait from about 1915 (taken at Perth, Lanark Co., Ontario): Only two of the four subjects (the two in the middle) can be positively identified. The two people in the middle are half-brothers: the young … Continue reading John Joseph McCarthy, James McCarthy, and two unidentified

1 Household, 8 Inhabitants, 4 Surnames

One household, eight inhabitants, four surnames...That's one surname for every two inhabitants, or "inmates" as they were called in the 1861 Canadian census,[1. Nowadays, "inmate" carries connotations of institutionalized confinement, most notably with reference to prisons, but in the nineteenth century, it just meant one of several dwellers in the same house or building.] and … Continue reading 1 Household, 8 Inhabitants, 4 Surnames

‘in quarto & quarto consanguinitas’: more on consanguinity

I hadn't visited Irish Genealogy.ie in quite a while, and hadn't realized until today that they had recently (recently? or perhaps over a year ago?) added more records from the RC parishes of the Diocese of Cork and Ross. I little expected to find any records from Muintervara (the Sheep's Head Peninsula), a place so … Continue reading ‘in quarto & quarto consanguinitas’: more on consanguinity

Honora (“Annie”) McDonald/McDonnell (1841-1914)

My great-great-grandmother Honora ("Ann," "Annie") McDonald (or possibly McDonnell?). Born about 1841 (April 1841 according to the 1911 Canadian census) in Co. Clare, Ireland, the daughter of Patrick McDonald (or McDonnell?) and Catherine Dea. Apparently emigrated to Canada as a young girl (late 1840s to mid-1850s?). Her first husband was a David Mahoney (also born … Continue reading Honora (“Annie”) McDonald/McDonnell (1841-1914)