Denis Galligan, son of Patrick Galligan (c.1807-1870) and Mary Cullen (c. 1807-1843), was born about 1841 in the townland of Loughaconnick, parish of Kilmore, Co. Cavan, Ireland. In the early 1840s, he and his parents and siblings emigrated to Canada, settling in Fitzroy Township, Carleton County, Ontario.[1. Three generations of this Galligan family emigrated to … Continue reading What happened to the sons of Denis Galligan and Catherine Doolan?
Where did Michael James McGlade Reside? Sometimes you can't find a person, no matter how carefully and thoroughly you look. And sometimes you find the same person at more than one address (and in more than one census return) at roughly the same time. Such is the case with Michael James McGlade, son of John … Continue reading “Now comes Thos. L. Ryan…”
John J. Vallely (1861-1935), son of Michael Vallely and Mary Ryan, was born 21 January 1861, in Lanark Co., Ontario, Canada. He emigrated to Grand Forks, North Dakota about 1882. Anna Lillian ("Lila") Moran (1861-1915), daughter of Alexander ("Sandy") Michael Moran and Mary Ann Leavy, was born 17 May 1861, at Huntley township, Carleton Co., … Continue reading The Children of John Vallely and Anna Lillian Moran
Of the three types of Roman Catholic records most commonly used for genealogical purposes (baptismal, marriage, and burial), marriage records are often the most useful, and potentially the most complex. Most useful because of the sheer amount of genealogical information that can often be gleaned from a Catholic marriage record. While a baptismal record will … Continue reading Translating French Records: Catholic Marriage Records
For marriages from 4 January 1850 to 6 February 1855, please see Part One. Part 3 to follow. *This marriage, which required a dispensation from the impediment of a mixed marriage, was later crossed out in the register.
Thomas Benton (1826-1890) was born in Cappawhite, Co. Tipperary, Ireland, the son of Thomas Benton and Catherine ("Kitty") Dwyer. Of these facts I am now reasonably certain (which is to say, as certain as one can ever be when it comes to 19th-century Irish genealogy). But for the longest time, I had only "Thomas Benton, … Continue reading “Of the Rail Road in this mission”
I found this photograph attached to a family tree at ancestry.ca, and contacted the owner for permission to post at my site. The owner, who must be a distant cousin of mine, kindly granted my request. This is Patrick Ryan, with perhaps one of his daughters, Bridget ("Jette"), Catherine ("Cate"), or Honora ("Annie"). The photograph … Continue reading Patrick Ryan (1842-1920)
... was me smashing through a brick wall). Last May, I asked whether my brick-wall ancestor Thomas Benton might have been the son of Thomas Benton and Catherine Dwyer of Cappawhite, Tipperary. And the answer is Yes. If you have Irish Catholic ancestors, I cannot overemphasize the tremendous importance of the Catholic parish registers. In … Continue reading SMASH! (that sound you just heard …