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, 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.

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