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….