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.

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.