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)
Newspaper obituaries often supply loads of genealogically useful information, along with interesting forename and surname spellings. Here, for example, is the obituary for my paternal great-grandfather Alexander Michael Moran (1871-1939). A fairly standard obituary, which informs readers of the death of A.M. Moran, and supplies practical information about the arrangements for his funeral and burial. … Continue reading Death of Alexander Michael Moran
James Edward Sullivan was born about 1866, apparently at or near Potsdam, St. Lawrence County, New York. He died in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada on 7 February 1931. His Ontario civil death record records his birthplace as Potsdam, NY, and lists his parents as Jeremiah Sullivan, birthplace Ireland, and Ellen Sullivan, birthplace Ireland.[1. Was Sullivan both … Continue reading Parents of James Edward Sullivan?
"Do you claim exemption from draft (specify grounds)?" "Yes Claim Murder" Berkeley, California, 1965? Nope. East Grand Forks, Minnesota, 1917. WWI draft registration card for Ernest Michael Sullivan, son of Michael Joseph Sullivan and Helen Elizabeth Moran: Apparently Ernest Michael Sullivan did see service overseas during World War I, so I guess his claim for … Continue reading A Claim for Exemption from the Draft
Available online at Library and Archives Canada: Veterans Death Cards: First World War. Here is the card for Charles Alexander Sullivan, son of James Edward Sullivan and Anna ("Annie") Moran: And here is the card for Patrick Alfred Finner, son of Benjamin Finner and Mary Galligan: The collection does not include those who died overseas … Continue reading Veterans Death Cards: First World War
Also: Margaret Devine and Thomas William Sullivan, Home Children Thomas Lanctot [here spelled Langtoe] is found in the household of Thomas Burke and Mary Ann Lahey in the 1901 Canadian census (Ontario, Carleton, March, p. 2, family no. 15). He is listed as "Adopted," with racial/tribal origin French, and birthplace "O u" (Ontario urban, as … Continue reading Who was Thomas Lanctot?
Nowadays we tend to think of someone as having a 'real' name, with nicknames and diminutives as informal variations on that one official and authentic version of the name. A person's 'real' name is what appears on the birth certificate, of course (and also in the baptismal record, if relevant), and in all subsequent official … Continue reading What was her ‘real’ name? (Lillian Doyle)
I am extremely grateful to Al Lunney for sending me a copy of Alec Lunney's "A Collection of Family and Ottawa Area Information," which includes his account of his maternal (and my paternal) ancestors James Moran and Margaret Jamieson. Peter Alexander ("Alec") Lunney (1896-1953) was the son of Hugh Andrew Lunney and Margaret Amelia Hourigan, … Continue reading “My Maternal Ancestors,” by Alec Lunney