Saturday, August 21, 2010
My great grandparents were Samuel May and Jane Sullivan. At one time, they resided in Renfrew County. Most of their children were born in the area, including my grandfather John Francis May. They also had a daughter named Margaret May. She was born on June 5 1877 and died in 1973. She is buried in Eganville. The story goes that my great-aunt Maggie married money. She married her husband Michael Roche June 17 1902 in Brudenell. During her life, she was said to have either built or contributed significantly to the building of a church in the Renfrew area. When I was a child, we toured the small town and have pictures of the church, but I do not have the name or exact location. Are you familiar with this church? It is quite large with grey brick and has a statue (shrine) on the grounds and something about stables. Any idea where that might have been as we are planning a visit to the area and would like to visit.
Sunday, August 1, 2010
Dig out your address book and Christmas card mailing list (and those of any relatives you do have contact with). Doesn't matter how old this information is, it'll give you a place to start.
Use http://canada411.ca to see if they still live at the address. If not seek out city or phone directories for that place starting with the year of last known contact.
Use http://canada411.ca to cold call possible relations. Look up person(s) that share names of relations or those with their surname in their last known place of residence.
Get in touch with the genealogy societies where your shared ancestors lived. Inquire if anyone is seeking your shared ancestor.
Put an ad in the newspaper of their last known residence.
Track down deceased relations and use that information to find the living. Obituaries are fantastic resources and some cemeteries or funeral homes may be willing to act as an intermediary and pass along a letter from you to next-of-kin.
In the 1856 Dubuque Co., Iowa state census is a listing for a place of origin as I. O. My questions is ... is the Ontario? The census taker wrote out the complete name for Iowa with no abbreviation.
What do previous & subsequent census (or other records) show as place of birth for this person?