Recently Completed Projects

Developing the Picture Beyond Two Late 1840s Baptismal Records

The facts as presented: Two baptismal records were found from a church in Ontario, following a family’s migration from Monaghan County, Ireland around 1846.

The challenge: to discover anything about the family beyond the two baptismal records!

Sources consulted:  Roman Catholic registers of baptisms, confirmations, marriages, and burials of the Parish of Railton (Mission to Mill Creek), Frontenac County, Ont.; 1851 & 1861 Census of Canada West schedules from locations in both Frontenac and Lennox & Addington Counties; 1871, 1881, & 1891 Census of Canada schedules from the same places; Ontario provincial civil marriage and death registry records; and more.

The conclusion: The baptismal records were confirmed, and details concerning members of another large family of the same surname were gathered. The intent was to determine whether the members of this other family were related in any fashion to the family of interest. Alas, after much work, it was finally discovered that members of this other family had emigrated from County Donegal in Ireland in the 1830s, and more than likely had no relationship with the baptismal register family. A further suggestion was offered, for investigating another family of the same surname which was located in Ontario County, New York, where the baptismal records family moved to around 1850.

The Response: "Thanks for your efforts. Disappointed but not surprised.... Pleasure doing business with you."

- - - - - - Project 210107    (completed 18 January 2021).          

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