While it may seem a glaringly obvious point, it's a point worth keeping in mind when you discover an ancestor's obituary. That obituary or death notice[1. There's no bright line, no hard and fast rule for distinguishing, between a death (or mortuary) notice and an obituary. In general, a death notice was very brief, perhaps … Continue reading Obituary for Thomas and Alexander Moran
If, as promised in December 2014, the National Library of Ireland launches a website with digitized images of its Roman Catholic parish register microfilms, this will be a game changer for Irish genealogy and family history research.[1. And I shouldn't say if, I should say when (the NLI's Parish Registers Digitisation Project is currently scheduled to … Continue reading Marriage of Edmund Conroy and Margo Jemmison
The family lore surrounding my 3x-great-grandparents James Moran and Margaret Jamieson is so romantic (and I have to say, so seemingly improbable) that I sometimes refer to the story of their elopement to Canada as "The Ballad of James and Margaret." The story goes something like this: Margaret Jamieson came from a family of quality, … Continue reading The Ballad of James and Margaret
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)
When my paternal grandparents married in 1932, each was marrying into a familiar family. As I've mentioned before, my Moran ancestors and my Lahey ancestors have been linked by intermarriage since the middle of the 19th century. Not that my paternal grandparents were first, second, or even third cousins, as best I make out. But each … Continue reading Family ties: how far back do they go?
My father's family tree. With maple leaf icons for those born in Canada, shamrock icons for those born in Ireland: Credits: All papers and elements from TheShabbyShoppe. Font: Mrs Eaves. View the Family History Scrapbook.