Friday, March 21, 2014


Yesterday I went to the Archives for my volunteer job.  I was at a point where I could do a little research on my own family.   I was looking for Richard Fitzmorris, I assume that he was a cousin of my great grandfather because my great grandfather, Thomas Dowd, mother was Catherine Fitzmorris.

Richard Fitzmorris was the sponsor for the Baptism of my grandfather, also named Thomas Dowd.   I found a few Baptisms for of Richards children between 1900 and 1913, but I can not find the family on the 1910 census.    Where do these people go?    I also can not find a 1900 census for Mary Naughton Downs, who was my great grandmother, Bridget Naughton Dowd, sister.   I find her in the 1910 census and up.  I have church records and a probate record listing she was in town, before and after 1900,  but not on the census.

Did these people hide from the census takers?   If so, they are doing a great job in hiding. This is one of the most frustrating things for me. I know they were there but why can't I find them?