Sunday, March 29, 2015

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun-Newspaper Headline on My Father's Birthday

For this week's mission (should you decide to accept it), I challenge you to:

1)  What was your father's birth date?


2)  Find a newspaper from his hometown, or a nearby larger town or city, that was published on that date.  What was the major headline on page 1 of that issue of the newspaper?

3)  Share your headline with us in your own blog post, in a comment on this blog post, or in a Facebook or Google+ post.

Here is my answer to the challenge.

 My father's birth date was 28 July 1922, in Hazleton, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania.

I searched Chronicling America (http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov) and found the Philadelphia paper, Evening Public Ledger, There are two major headlines and both about strikes. "President Proposes Three Plans to End Rail Strike" and "Harding Would Curb Dictation by Mine Unions". So it seems that there was a Railroad and Coal Miner strike going on at that time.


So I looked further with Hazleton being a keyword and found, The Topeka State Journal. They had two headlines about both strikes, "THREE WAYS TO END THE TIE-UP" and "MINERS TO TALK". 



What was even more interesting was in the eighth column was that Hazleton had its own dateline titled, "Pennsylvania Ready to Settle."


I guess these headlines were fitting for the day of my father's birth as his father was the last in his line to work in the coal mines and when he left the mines he became a delivery truck driver. My father was a driver in Public Transportation for most of his adult life.



Saturday, March 21, 2015

Finding McCarron's using PA Birth Records

My maternal grandmother's parents are a continuing mystery. They somehow avoided leaving a paper trail for themselves. The earliest record I have found for either of them is their marriage records. Emil Gunther and Catherine McCarron were married in Philadelphia, PA on 23 Sep 1897. The marriage records at that time did not give much information. I always knew that Emil came from Germany and this told me that Catherine was born in Philadelphia. But the first record I ever found on Catherine was her death certificate.This did give her parents names, John McCarron and Alice Carberry. It also sent me to the cemetery and gave me some other great information, but that is a story for another day. "Pennsylvania, Philadelphia City Death Certificates, 1803-1915," index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-12337-79169-59?cc=1320976 : accessed 21 March 2015), 004009384 > image 350 of 580; Philadelphia City Archives and Historical Society of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia.


So while her marriage record had her born and living in Philadelphia, the newspaper notice said she was from Norristown, PA. So when the index for the birth records first came out I was looking for births that could be in all my lines. I came across an Alice McCarron born in Norristown I was hoping when the records were available I would find a connection. With the baby having the same first name as Catherine's mother, this could be her brother's child. But I didn't know if she had a brother because I never found any census records for her parents. Well looking in the birth records I found Alice McCarron. Unfortunately it did not give much information, only her mother's name, Laura McCarron.Ancestry.com. Pennsylvania, Birth Records, 1906-1908 [database on-line]. No. 22525 (stamped), Alice McCarron entry, born 4 Jan 1906, accessed 17 Mar 2015.

Citing: Pennsylvania (State). Birth certificates, 1906–1908. Series 11.89 (50 cartons). Records of the Pennsylvania Department of Health, Record Group 11. Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.


Sorry to say that baby Alice only lived 5 days. But the death certificate did give her father's name, William McCarron. Ancestry.com. Pennsylvania, Death Certificates, 1906-1963 [database on-line]. No. 2502(stamped). Alice McCarron entry, died 9 Jan 1906, accessed 18 Mar 2015.

Citing: Pennsylvania (State). Death certificates, 1906–1963. Series 11.90 (1,905 cartons). Records of the Pennsylvania Department of Health, Record Group 11. Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.


I continued to search and found death certificates for 5 more children, 3 stillborn and 2 only living a few years. This covered from 1906 to 1921, when the last child was stillborn and Laura died a couple of weeks after that child. William then died in 1929. Finding his death certificate told me that he was Catherine's brother as the same parents were listed. Ancestry.com. Pennsylvania, Death Certificates, 1906-1963 [database on-line]. No. 94035 (stamped). William McCarron entry, died 3 Sep 1929, accessed 18 Mar 2015.

Citing: Pennsylvania (State). Death certificates, 1906–1963. Series 11.90 (1,905 cartons). Records of the Pennsylvania Department of Health, Record Group 11. Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.


I was glad to find a brother of Catherine's but so sad to watch William's tragic story unfold.

Friday, March 20, 2015

Fitzpatrick's and O'Donnell's in the PA Birth Records

I have been going through the newly released Pennsylvania Birth Records on Ancestry. I had three that I knew of to look for in 1906. The first one I found was for my Grandfather's youngest brother, Charles O'Donnell. The citation for this is: Ancestry.com. Pennsylvania, Birth Records, 1906-1908 [database on-line]. No. 63480 (stamped), Charles O’Donnell entry, born 4 Jan 1906, accessed 17 Mar 2015.
Citing: Pennsylvania (State). Birth certificates, 1906–1908. Series 11.89 (50 cartons). Records of the Pennsylvania Department of Health, Record Group 11. Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.


I was really happy to see this. I was looking for the name of the Midwife and there it was Mrs. James Fitzpatrick, my 2nd great grandmother. Ellen Fitzpatrick is listed as a registered physician on page 420 of the "History of Lucerne County, Pennsylvania", H.C. Bradsby, Editor, Published in 1893 by L.B. Nelson & Co., Publishers, accessed 20 Mar 2015, archive.org. I tried to find Marguerite who was born in 1908 but was not able to. I am sure it is something with the spelling. Still looking.

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Finding the Niland's on Find My Past

So this weekend was a free weekend on Find My Past, so I thought maybe I could work on find out more on my Niland line and maybe get the connection to link them up with my 3rd great grandmother, Catherine Niland Welsh.
I thought I would zero in on brothers Patrick and James since I have their death certificates so I am sure they were brothers because I have their parents names from the death certificates. I also found records for both of them on Family Search's Ireland Births and Baptisms, 1620-1881". they also had their parents listed and all matched up.

citations for these are: Ancestry.com death certificates, 1906-1963, No. 1055 (stamped) James Niland entry, died 13 Jan 1934, (digital image ancestry.com: accessed 17 Aug 2014) citing Pennsylvania (State) Death Certificates 1906-1963 Series 11.90(1,905 cartons), Records of the Pennsylvania Department of Health Record Group 11. Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Ancestry.com death certificates, 1906-1963, No. 52523 (stamped) Patrick Niland entry, died 10 May 1929, (digital image ancestry.com: accessed 17 Aug 2014) citing Pennsylvania (State) Death Certificates 1906-1963 Series 11.90 (1,905 cartons), Records of the Pennsylvania Department of Health Record Group 11. Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

Well the first record I found was a Passenger list leaving the UK from 1912. This was Patrick, his wife Margaret and their daughter, Sarah coming home from a visit to Ireland. So this tells me that I am going to have to look for passports for them very soon.

Then I found a Passenger list leaving the UK from 1890. This was Patrick and James coming to the US. If only the passenger lists back then gave the information that we get on the later ones.
citation: "Passenger List," digital images, (findmypast.com, accessed, 7 Mar 2015), manifest, British Prince, 3 July 1890, ticket no. 4571, Pat Niland, age 18 and Jas Niland, age 16

So I went looking for information on the parents. I found what I think are their death records. Sarah Niland died in 1878, the registration district is Swineford, Mayo, Ireland. Patrick Niland died in 1913, also Swineherd, Mayo, Ireland is the registration district. So I went looking for a marriage record for Patrick and Sarah. The death certificates had Sarah's maiden name as Coffield so that was what I was looking for, nothing came back! Then I looked again at Patrick and James' passenger list. the next on the list was a John Cahill but then there were two young girls with the last name of Caulfield and I wondered if this was the correct way to spell Sarah's name, possibly these two were family traveling together. Well that did the trick! In 1864 in the registration district of Swineherd, Sarah Caulfield married one of 4 men listed and one of them was Pat Niland! So there are more records to see if I can get. After I found this I looked again at the Birth and Baptism records for Patrick and James and saw that Sarah Caulfield was the spelling on them. And getting back to those records, the birth and baptisms took place in Kilkelly, Mayo, Ireland
So for the last piece of this I went looking for Austin Michael Niland. I do not have proof that he was another brother, but Patrick along with my great grandfather, James McCarry, were Austin's witness on his 1922 naturalization petition. On his petition and his passenger list, he said that he was born in Ballyhaunis, Mayo, Ireland. He said his last residence was Aghamore, Mayo and his father, Patrick is there. So I looked up his birth record and found him born in 1892 the registration district was Swineford.
citation: Point of entry record, ship: Merion, 17 Apr 1910, No. 453, Austin Niland, age 17.

So I went on Google Maps, found Kilkelly, to the northwest is Swineford, to the southeast is Ballyhaunis and Aghamore is halfway between Kilkelly and Ballyhaunis. So they all line up and to top it off, a little south west of Kilkelly is the town of Knock and my sister and I were in Knock when we were in Ireland in 2004. I knew nothing of the Nilands at that time, but we were so close to where they were, maybe some still there!
So my thoughts on the connection are this, the death record for Patrick Niland, Sr. has his birth in 1833. that would put him around the same age as my 2nd great grandfather, John Welsh. He was born in 1835, that could make them 1st cousins, so I am thinking John's mother, Catherine and Patrick's father were brother and sister. So now I have to see if I can find those Irish records and prove it!


Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Tombstone Tuesday-James and Margaret Niland

Last week I posted about finding the tombstone for Patrick Niland and his family at Holy Cross Cemetery. This week I am writing about Patrick's brother, James. I found the stone for James and his wife the same day. The citation for this is: Holy Cross Cemetery (Yeadon, Delaware County, Pennsylvania), James and Margaret Niland marker, section 61, range 13, lot 21, photographed by author, 27 August 2014.

Margaret Morley Niland died 28 Oct 1933 while living in their Mole St home in Philadelphia. James died less than 3 months later, 13 Jan 1934. He was living in the Parrish St. home of his sister in law, Margaret Niland, Patrick's widow.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Tombstone Tuesday:Patrick Niland Family

I have been working on the Nilands lately and last week after finding death certificates for Patrick Niland and a couple of his babies I made a trip back out to Holy Cross Cemetery to see if there was a headstone for him. I was so happy when I found it . The citation for this is: Holy Cross Cemetery(Yeadon, Delaware County, Pennsylvania), Patrick J. Niland Family marker, section 34, row 12, lot 40, grave 1, photographed by author, 27 Aug 2014.

Also buried here are Patrick's wife, Margaret Flynn Niland, Margaret's brother, Thomas Flynn, baby Patricia Niland, baby Patrick Niland, Margaret Kelly, Sarah C. Niland Mosser, Charles M. Mooser and baby Frances M. Mooser. Sarah is Patrick and Margaret's only child to live to adulthood. I have not identified Margaret Kelly as yet. According to the cemetery record baby Patrick, baby Patricia and Margaret were all buried 21 May 1929. I found Patrick's death certificate, he was stillborn 9 Feb 1904, he was buried 10 Feb 1904 in Holy Cross Cemetery. The citation for this record is:"Pennsylvania, Philadelphia City Death Certificates, 1803-1915," index and images, FamilySearch(https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/JDGP-LTG:accessed 17 Aug 2014), Patrick J. Niland in entry for Patrick Niland, 09 Feb 1904; citing cn 4005, Department of Records; FHL microfilm 1003725. Then on Ancestry I found the Holy Cross Burial record showing the burial date of 10 Feb 1904 matching the death certificate, but there was a notation above his name that he was "removed to 34-12-40 on May 21, 1929". The citation for this record is: Ancestry.com. Pennsylvania and New Jersey, Church and Town Records, 1708-1985([database on-line]. accessed 17 Aug 2014, cited from Historic Pennsylvania Church and Town Records. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania:Historical Society of Pennsylvania. So it looks like these three were moved to this grave after Patrick J. Niland died. I have not found death records for baby Patricia or Margaret Kelly so I don't know when they actually died. I did find another baby, Mary, who was stillborn in 1907 but her records do not indicate that she was moved. The citation for her death certificate is:"Pennsylvania, Philadelphia City Death Certificates, 1803-1915,"index and images, FamilySearch(https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/JFC7-RC3: accessed17 Aug 2014), Patrick J. Niland in entry for Mary Nilau, 19 Oct 1907; citing cn 26062, Department of Records; FHL microfilm 1402910.  I will continue to look for Patricia and Margaret and see what I find.