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
Death records often supply interesting (and occasionally rather gruesome) details about an ancestor's cause of death. And while the information found in early Ontario civil death records is a bit scanty, once we get into the twentieth century, the records become much more detailed, and therefore much more valuable to the family historian. Resist the … Continue reading “Did an operation precede death”? (Ontario civil death records)
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?
If you're lucky enough to find a family in the Irish census fragments, you will no doubt feel enormously grateful that that particular census return was preserved. And you will no doubt also realize the enormity of the loss of the nineteenth-century census returns. What was lost? Millions of records, covering the period from 1821 … Continue reading Irish Census: What Was Lost
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
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.
"Could you look up Mary Hogan?" asked my dad's cousin Aggie. "I think she may have been," and this added sotto voce, as if, even after so many years, there might yet be something to hide, "a Home Girl."[1. Oral interview with Mary Frances Agnes O'Neill, January 2007.] A Home Girl? At the time, I … Continue reading Home Children: Open Secrets (Part 1)
Continued from The Queen vs Kelly: Part IV (see also Part III, Part II, and Part I). What Happened to John Kelly and Mary Hourigan? When I wrote Part I of "The Queen vs. Kelly," I had no idea what had happened to John Kelly after his release from the Dominion Penitentiary in May 1842. Nor … Continue reading The Queen vs. Kelly: Part V