This blog will reflect the progress of my genealogy project(s). I will describe any major changes that I make on my website and I will document how I solved some brick walls.

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Lots more on the Ohio Doyles

Marty McGeein sent me copies of pages from a family Bible that belonged to Johannah Fitzgerald in 1875.  The pages list many (many, many) births, marriages, and deaths.   Using those entries as a guide, I found many (many, many) source documents on and

Once again there are too many changes to list here, but the Recent Updates page will lead you to them.

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Striker Updates

I have added a lot of new Striker family records, primarily the families of Elisha Wellington Striker and his son Isaac Wellington Striker.  There are new people and new sources.  For details see Recent Updates (10 & 11 Dec 2011)

Sunday, December 4, 2011


A few days ago I got a note from Marty McGeein, a third cousin once removed on my Doyle side.  She gave me some information - enough to get me started looking and documenting.  The result is a lot of new people on the Doyle site and lots of source information for the new data.  There are too many changes to list here, but you can check the Change List for details.   Marty has promised to send more information and photos, so stay tuned.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

John Broder in Atlin

Elaine Willson sent me a copy of The Atlin Claim of 1 Sept 1900 with a long report on the fire that destroyed much of Atlin, BC on 26 Aug.  This report, and two brief notices in the 22 Sep edition, confirm that John Broder's business was destroyed in that fire.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Lots of changes to the Doyle line

Today I completed changes and additions to 94 people in the Doyle site.  I added the Henry Carty and Elizabeth Dunn family. The bulk of the other changes are to the Michael Jordan family and the John Hamilton family, but there are many others as well.  See the Recent Updates for Nov 12 - 17 for a list of all the changes.

Friday, November 4, 2011


Somehow I stumbled onto my scanty records for Cornelius W Gibson and Elizabeth Clapp. Elizabeth was my gr-gr-grandaunt.  What I had on my site raised some questions, so of course I was off on a search.  The result is a bunch of census records, some death records, and a whole bunch of new data for Cornelius and Elizabeth and their children.  In particular there's a lot of new info for their son  Douglas Samuel Gibson and his family.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Random updates

I added twelve more children for John Francis Dunn and Mary Helena Moynihan.

Steve Forrest pointed me to a tidbit of information for Gordon Hamilton; I've added a link to Queen's University on Gordon's page.

And I added obituaries for Mabel Manery, Stan Broder, and Violet Broder

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Lots of Burnash changes and some others too

I added the 1871 and 1881 census images for the James Dunn family and reformatted the story on his son John's page.

There are also a lot of changes, additions, and new documents for John Francis Burnash and his family.

The changes included in this most recent update are dated Oct 12 - Oct 15.

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Templeton & Jones

I added the marriage of Hannah Celista Jones to Lorenzo Templeton, their three daughters, and Celista's death registration. Lorenzo was the brother of Louisa Templeton who married Celista's brother Martin Jones.   Lorenzo and Louisa were the children of Admiral Nelson Templeton and his wife Matilda.  I have not added Admiral and Matilda to the site, but I have included their 1861 and 1871 census records as evidence of their children's parentage and birthplaces.

Friday, October 7, 2011


In the process of cleaning up some photos, I realized that I had some tombstone photos that were not included on the website.  In some cases, there is data on those tombstones that had not been included either.  So:
Then, because I'm easily distracted, I looked up the birth registrations for all of Martin & Louisa's children - Edgar and Andrew as well as John, Guy, and Ada.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Photo mystery solved

Thanks to Jerry Moore, I have finally identified all the people in the photo of John K Hamilton's family.  I've updated the image map so that moving the cursor over the faces will reveal the names.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

It's another Hamilton cousin!

Today I got a note from another new cousin!  Jerry Moore is my second cousin once removed; the grandson of John K Hamilton who was my gr-grandmother's brother.  Jerry provided more information about his mother (Edith Hamilton) and father (Austin Moore) and their children.   I've added that information as well as a few census records for their family.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Census Changes

Last month I reported that  I had changed the way census records display on the site.  Today I finally noticed that in some cases the new census table was showing the wrong person as Head of Household.  I have changed the way I record census records and have republished the Doyle, Broder, and Striker lines.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Changes to the Doyle site

I added a lot of information and records for John Francis Burnash and his family.  John's third wife was Elizabeth Mary Doyle, my great-grandaunt.

While I was proofreading the changes, I noted several missing images, so I've added them too: a birth record for Philip Thomas Dunn; a birth record for William Gordon Hamilton; and a death record for Jane (Jordan) McDonald.

Friday, September 9, 2011

Minor changes to the West line

I got a note today from one of my husband's cousins (once removed).  She provided full names for Bernard Price and his wife Kay.

I also added the engagement of Clayton West and Stacy Nilsson.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

3 new documents for Broder

I've added a high school grad picture of Harold Broder,  a newspaper clipping about the marriage of Mabel Broder and Sam Manery, and an obituary for Luther Ross.

Monday, August 29, 2011

My Manery Cousins

I noticed today that my Manery cousins appear on both the Striker and Broder subsites.  While this is correct, not everyone who should have appeared was included on both sites.  I've made those corrections and now all the Manerys appear on both sites.

Friday, August 26, 2011

Format changes

The latest version of Second Site, the program I use to create my site, has some new features.  One of them is the ability to group specific types of information and format the group differently from the rest of the information.  I have used this new facility to remove the census information from the narrative portion of a person's page and move it into a table following the narrative.  This makes it easier to follow the narrative, especially for people who appeared on several censuses.  An example of the new format is here.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Another new cousin and more information

Today I received a note from Murray Deacon.  Murray is my third cousin -- gr-grandson of my gr-grandaunt Julia Broder.  Murray advised me that his father Gerald Deacon died on 24 Oct 2009.   I have added this information and republished the site.  This update also picked up some minor additions that I had made over the past few months to other members of the Broder family.  These are mostly related to newspaper clippings that provided additional sources and exhibits.

Friday, July 22, 2011

Luther and Ella (Graves) Ross

I added the 1900, 1910, and 1920 census records for Luther Ross and his family.  In 1900 and 1910 Ella's mother Jane Graves was living with them.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Catherine Caroline Deryaw

A message from Carl Silvestri advised me that Catherine Caroline Deryaw was the daughter of Caroline Orr not Ott.  A closer look at her marriage registration confirmed that I had mis-read the information there.  I've made the correction.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Marie Ellen Doyle Corcoran

My dear aunt, Marie (Doyle) Corcoran, died last Sunday, July 3, 2011.  I have updated her page with that information.  Rest in peace Marie.

Sunday, July 3, 2011

More cousins

Today I added 38 more people to the Doyle site. Almost all of them are descendants of Thomas Leonard Davis and his wife Jane Frances Regan  or of Edward Gerald Hamilton and his wife Elizabeth Murphy.  The complete list of additions and changes is on the Recent Updates page.  Enjoy! 

Thursday, June 30, 2011

More good stuff from Maureen

Maureen Kirincic sent me some photos today: portraits of Alex and Mildred (Murphy) Grier and their wedding photo.  Her notes also pointed me to a short bio of Lawrence Regan.  My final find today was John Patrick Murphy's death registration.

Friday, June 24, 2011


I've added some children for Gertrude Doyle and Andrew McGeein.  I'm still missing the names of two of their children.  I'm told that there is only one male left in the McGeein line.


I forgot to update here on June 10 when I added a little more information for Patrick Jordan and Jane Hamilton and their children Margaret Anne, Andrew, and Esther and her husband Michael Murray.

Friday, June 10, 2011

Steve Clark's family

After my most recent update, I got a note from my third cousin Steve Clark whose name I had misspelled (by adding an "e" to the end). He provided some further information on his children. Steve is the great-grandson of James Lewis Hamilton, my great-grandmother's (Mary Ann Hamilton) brother.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Big Update

Over the past week I've done a LOT of updates to the Doyle line. There are 42 new people, 33 updated people, and 57 new exhibits.  Most of the new exhibits are documents, but there are a few photos too.  There are fare too many changes to detail here, but you'll find the list of new & changed records on the Recent Updates page.  The majority of the changes are in the Hamilton, Jordan, and Kenney families.

I also corrected the New Westminster map by relocating (more accurately) some of the address icons.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Jordynn Piper Kish

Jordynn Piper Kish was born on Friday.  She has been added to each of the lines.

Some minor changes

Little changes on various lines today as I fooled around with photos:

Monday, May 9, 2011

Mystery Monday: which Jim is this?

This photo, labelled "Uncle Jim Doyle and wife", has me stumped. It was taken by H Holborn, who worked in St Louis MO 1892-1921. I received the photo from Gertrude Phelan in Toronto, ON.  I have nine Jim Doyles in my tree, most of them in Canada, but a couple in Toledo, OH. As far as I know, there are none in Missouri.   One of the Ohio Jims was b. 1872 and d. 1941; he m. Margaret O'Grady in Toledo in 1894.  However, while he is the most likely candidate,  he is not Gertrude's uncle, he's her 1st cousin once removed.  (It's Gertrude's handwriting on the photo, but she doesn't remember why she labelled it this way.)  So, the mystery remains - who is this couple? 

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Newspaper clippings

I've been doing more reading in newspaper archives.  It's amazing what made the "news" a hundred years ago.  I found a report of John Broder's 1906 purchase of the NookSack Valley Canning Co in Bellingham, WA. I'd never even heard of this one before.  There was also a longer story about its operation in 1910.  On the subject of canneries, I found a notice of incorporation for the Mt Vernon Canning Co by Robert & Violet Broder.

I also found a birth announcement for Roswell Herbert Graves, obituaries for Alice (Graves) Broder and Percy Broder, and a notice of divorce for Percy and Hannah (Baierle) Broder.

Most of these additions are included in both the Loyalists and Patriots  section and the Broder section.

Thursday, May 5, 2011


I've done lots of work on the John Regan family in the last week or so.  I located cemetery records for Wilred Regan, James Leo Regan, and Margaret Jane (Regan) Brady in St Columbanus Cemetery, Elgin, ON.  These provided additional dates as well as spouses for James and Margaret

A "challenge"  has been Margaret's second husband Philip Brady. He didn't die until 1937 according to his cemetery record, but I can't find him on any census records.  In 1911, Margaret is on the census of South Crosby twp, listed as Head of Household and her father is living with her.  No sign of Philip.  I haven't found Margaret on the 1891 or 1901 censuses either.   It's all very strange.

Based on the 1891 and 1901 censuses, I added 7 children of Bridget Regan and John Patrick Murphy   I notice that Bridget had a child every year from 1885 through 1890, never more than 13 months apart.  She died giving birth in April 1894.  I wonder if there were other children between 1890 and 1893.  I suspect there were.  No wonder the poor woman died in her 30s.

There are lots of new documents too - birth, marriage & death registrations as well as census records.

And finally, thanks to Maureen Kirincic for a picture of Bridget (Regan) Murphy.

More to come on the Regans.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Fred Misener's family

Ron also sent me a number of photos of Fred Misener and his children. The is also a photo of their house. Those have all been added to the site.

Rufus Dodge

Ron Sherwood, who is related to me (distantly) in several ways including through the Jones, Goodale, and Misener lines, sent me a scan of Rufus Dodge's obituary.  I've added the image, and some additional details to Rufus' page.

Friday, April 22, 2011

Morley Jones

I added Morley's World War I attestation papers.

Regan Family updates

Thanks to Maureen Kirincic and her cousin who set me off on a trail to find more information about John Regan (c1815-1914) and his family.  John's wife, Mary Hamilton, was my gr-gr-grandaunt.

I have found census records for the family for 1861 - 1911 and as a result I think I have all of John Sr's children, probably all of John Jr's children, and at least some of Michael's children.  27 more people!

Monday, April 11, 2011

Irish Updates

This week I received email messages from two distant relatives of my Broder family.  The first, from Harry Coulter in Ireland let me know that, contrary to my assumption, Etta Coulter is alive and recently celebrated her 100th birthday!  Good news!    The second, from Robert Carter in Australia, provided some additional information about Essex Williams, my Gr-grandaunt Julia Broder's husband.

Thanks to Harry and Robert for this additional information.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

John K Hamilton's family

I've found more information on John K Hamilton's children and some photos.  There's one of John K And Elizabeth (Lizzie) and all their children; unfortunately to date we have only identified the daughters and one of the sons. Most of the photos were sent to me by Mary Carroll; one of Raymond Wild is courtesy of Jan Gallant (

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Broder burial records

The city of Belfast has put the burial records for several of the city's cemeteries online.  I found records for Elizabeth (Broder) Jones, Margaret Broder, Kathleen (Broder) Morrison, and Victoria Morrison.

Updates and photos

Over the past month I've added some photos, some docs, and some people to the Doyle part of the site.  Most of the changes are to descendants of James Lewis Hamilton.   There are also a lot more names showing in the index because of the way I'm including children and spouses (they now have a personal page even when they have little or no detail).

Sunday, February 27, 2011

More BC documents

I made my annual visit to the British Columbia Archives last week and got 15 more certificates.  All of them are for various branches of the Broder family.  Primarily the Manery and McLeod families.  The Recent Updates list will lead you to the changed records.

Friday, February 4, 2011

Still more from Ohio

Toledo, Ohio parish records and cemetery records are online at FamilySearch.  WOW!  I got a lot of information there.  I even discovered that Margaret (Fitzgerald) Doyle died in Ohio, not in Ontario as I had suspected. Check the Recent Updates for all the changes.

Saturday, January 29, 2011

James Doyle (Ohio)

I have traced most of James Doyle's children in Toledo, Ohio through the 1910, 1920, and 1930 censuses.  I've lost Elizabeth, Ann and Michael at the moment, but I'll keep looking.  Today's data and the corresponding census images are uploading to the site right now.

Friday, January 28, 2011

Format changes

Today was a good day to stay indoors (there have been lots of those lately), so I spent some time studying Second Site options.  The result was some minor changes to my site format that hopefully make it look slightly better.  The entire site has been re-published, so there are probably some minor content changes too.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Broder update

The cleanup that started yesterday continued today - this time for the Irish branches of the Broder family.  A lot of corrections, a few additions and additional source information were added.  The biggest change is the addition of a map showing all the events that occurred in Ireland.

Updates and changes

I've taken a new approach to reviewing my data to ensure that everyone who should be included in one or more of the sites is actually included.  Of course that has led to the discovery of errors, missing citations, missing data, etc.  I'm hard at work cleaning it all up.  This evening I re-published the Striker line.  There are almost one hundred additional people included, a few new images, some tidied up sources, and various other changes.   Lots left to do though!

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

John Hamilton

All the Hamilton changes I've made over the past few weeks have necessitated the review of some existing records.  One of the changes I've made is the removal of John Hamilton's death registration documents.  The parish register of St Edward's Church in Westport and his tombstone both say that he died on 22 or 23 Aug 1871.  The death registration I had recorded said 11 Jun 1871, aged 71 yrs.  I don't know whether it is incorrectly recorded, or if the record belongs to a different John Hamilton.

Reasons it might be his:
  • the person reporting the death is his son-in-law P Brady (Bready)
  • the religion is RC
  • the location is Bedford, Frontenac County
  • I have not found any other John Hamiltons in Bedford, Frontenac County; there was one in Portland, but he was Methodist; and there was one in Kingston Penitentiary.
Reasons it might not be his:
  • the date of death:  11 June is a long way from 22 Aug, and the registration date is July, so it's not just a simple error
  • age is 71, i.e. born in 1800.  Most other records place John's birth around 1797.
Obviously this needs more research.  For now, I'm accepting the parish register date of death.

Monday, January 3, 2011

Still more James Lewis Hamilton

Debbi Lyon-Kirwan shared her information on James Lewis Hamilton's descendants.  I have added about 50 of them to the site.  Almost all of them were or are in the Seattle, Washington area, so I was able to find many marriage records and some death records on the Washington State Digital Archives site.