Saturday, June 27, 2015
Tuesday, June 23, 2015
Yesterday I received my DNA results, it really was not much of a surprise. My percentages were 47% Western Europe, 26% Great Brittan, 22% Irish, 3% Iberian Peninsula and 2% Scandinavian
Well, maybe a little surprised with the 26% Great Brittan, and the 3% Iberian Peninsula. Two set of my great grandparents came from Ireland, and two sets were from Germany.
I guess there was a lot of mixing on those two islands. I think the Scandinavian was from my great great grandmother, whom I have found in an area that was once Denmark. The Iberian Peninsula who knows.
I have to read about this and find more information.
Saturday, May 23, 2015
What was the surprise is that he had filed for divorce and never went through with it and then took up with a second woman, who happens to be my husbands ancestor. I was perusing the name of wife #1, Sarah Wright and found a great narrative about her and her children posted by one of her descendants on Find a Grave. I wrote him a short email and asked him if he wanted to share information because I had it to share.
On her death certificate Sarah had indicated that she was a widow. As far I can see, it seems that Robert was dead to her because by that time he had four children to wife #2 Olive Bowser, He was really excited to share information because Robert was a brick wall, that came tumbling down in short order.
He could not find the burial place or any other information about Robert, I guess that was a major surprise and it would have been to me, I think none of the descendants of wife #1 knew about wife #2 at all. He and I shared much information and at least we had a good time with information, gossip is interesting and sometimes unbelievable even one hundred and twenty years after the fact.
This will make great conversation among his side at the next family reunion. I may be invited.
Friday, April 10, 2015
I have to get going on my research and writing. I have been in the doldrums since winter.
I have to continue on my Naughton research, I have typed up a form to send to the Diocese of Pittsburgh to request records on the Naughton siblings, I just have to get it printed and out in the mail.
With the publication and release of the PA Death Certificates on Ancestry I have been spending a lot of time looking for and researching siblings of potential and real siblings and children of my family. That record set becomes mesmerizing after a while.
A golden nugget of information that I found was the birth place of my great grandparents. Johann Bartels was born in Celle and his wife Maria Korbach was born in a small town, Burgel which is located about 12 Km east of Jena, in Thuringen. After searching Family Search I found a set of records for Burgel and I plan to send for a microfilmed version of this set. I need to search to see if the Celle records are microfilmed.
Another find on my were at a German site, www.genealogy.net I found a transcription of a Ortsfamillenbuch of Wedel, Schleswig-Holstein, it is located north of Hamburg.
What was listed was information on Johann Hinrich Frederich Schridde and his wife Anna Catherina Sophia Goetjens. These are the names of my great great grandparents, my mothers paternal side. But, my grandfather is not listed but there is a “blank” where he should be. I am certain the transcription is my line, but I need the proof to add the additional information to my tree.
I have a lot of things to do and it should keep me busy for a while this spring and summer.
Monday, January 12, 2015
I knew my great grandparents came from County Galway, Bridget’s information from the LDS records and Thomas Dowd from his death certificate where it was indicated County Galway. But his birthday was different from the one HE GAVE on his Marriage License application too.
One day I was perusing CONNERS GENEALOGY site and came across a transcription from Glinsk Parish in County Galway. I found Thomas Dowd, with his sisters Mary, Norah and Catherine as well as his parents John Dowd/Doud and Catherine Fitzmorris, and a brother James. The dates on his Death Certificate and the Baptism Registry match. But, why did they give different date and why did both dates match existing people of the same name living in County Galway living at the same time?
My biggest problem was the lack of Bridget’s siblings, I had a few theories; perhaps their mother had died in childbirth with the twins and Thomas remarried. This was my best because the death certificates yielded the parents of Thomas Naughton and Norah Malloy, sounded reasonable to me without any other information.
On Bridget’s Death Certificate her son Richard had entered Thomas Naughton and Norah Nee, where did he get that name? I just did not know nor could I figure it out. Allegheny County or the Marriage Records from St. Thomas did not record the names of the parents.
The last of this puzzle is why I could not find Catherine Naughton or her death certificate and where was she because my dad remembered her and he was born in 1918 and he remembered her so he would have been school aged at this time.
As the whole story ends it is because Catherine Naughton married a man named Patrick Naughton (no relation that I can find) and she was in the same town as all the others hiding in plain sight, as they say.
More on this saga as I find more information and on to change the people in my family tree…
It has been quite a while since I have written. I have been reading how people are putting their research aside and “doing over” The thought seems to be overwhelming but I only have been researching since 2008 and I have about 1000 people in my tree, all of which should be there, or so I thought.
I had written a post about my paternal great grandmother and why I could not find her twin in the records. A fellow blogger, Dara of BLACK RAVEN GENEALOGY found Bridget Naughton and her twin Catherine. It appears that Dara (Thank You Dara) was correct.
How did I make this major mix up? To start with I used the date of birth that Bridget had given on her marriage license application; I entered it on Family Search and amazingly I found her with the corresponding date of birth. The parents were Thomas Naughton and Catherine Ward; so I was off to a good start; but the census records from 1900 to 1930 gave all various years of age. This was puzzling but what I read this was not uncommon. I also did not know she was a twin at this time because none of my cousins I had met did not know of this either. A niggling problem was my father said his grandmother was a twin, and he could not tell them apart.
When I received the records from the Archives of the Diocese of Pittsburgh, I gleaned the names of many women and a few of them were also Naughton’s. Then I did another search of the records, this took a few months into a few years because of the new names I found.
With the Archives records and Family Search.org I found many of the names and they were her sisters and sisters in law. One of my cousins, we found each other online, gave me the names of a few of Bridget's’ sisters; Mary, Norah, Margaret and two brothers John and Dudley.
None of the birthdays matched Bridget’s and where was the twin? I was on to other people in my tree, mainly her husband Thomas Dowd. I used the date or birth from his marriage license application and found him on Family Search, but none of his siblings. I was not worrying because Irish Research is suppose to be difficult.
Then just by chance I found the transcribed records of Glinsk Parish in Ireland….
Sunday, November 30, 2014
My great grandmother Bridget Naughton Dowd was an identical twin. My father said he could not tell them apart. My cousin, Erin O’Donnell send me this picture of them.
I do not know for certain, which is my great grandmother, Bridget Dowd. The first mystery; I have a records of her birth on 25 March 1868 in Ireland with father of Thomas Naughton and mother Catherine Ward. I have found no record for her twin, whom I have deduced with the name of Catherine. I found a record of their older sister Mary Naughton, born 19 February 1865, with the same parents. My question, one of many, where is Catherine’s birth listing and why is she not with Bridget.
After the Naughton girls I no longer find any other children with Catherine Ward as mother. Did Catherine Ward die in childbirth?
On Bridget’s death certificate her father is Thomas Naughton and mother Nora Nee, is Nora Nee a stepmother? There were a few other Naughton women who were sisters, Margaret and Norah with Thomas as their father.
I have yet to find the twin Catherine, or have I? While perusing the Death Certificates I came across a record for a married Katherine Naughton, which I had discarded before because she was married. This Katherine had married a man named Patrick Naughton, Patrick had parents that were different than Katherine.
Her birth year is 1870, just off two years from Bridget, her father is Thomas Naughton but mother is Nora Mallay. There seems to be a discrepancy of the mother all over records.
What I need to do is send for the possible marriage record and records from the Baptism of their children. That will be a start.