This is not a birthday post
. Last week I wrote about how I had pulled all of the BDM and other interesting certificates
out of my files and was doing some nitpicking
. Just this morning I read a post from Canadian genealogist, Lorine,
who also extolled the virtues of returning to old records.
It feels like my birthday
because I uncovered some clues that lead me to find some facts on direct ancestors that I had previously missed. I also found a few silly things I had done. In my earlier post I shared some of the things I had found....but wait - there's more.
I found a Marriage Date and Place
in Sydney for Patrick Curry
and Ellen Moore
. This pair claimed to have been married in Limerick, Ireland prior to their transportation to Australia. A visit to the Limerick Church they named and a helpful priest who let me look at the registers did not find such a record. I'm pleased they got Churched in New South Wales.
For nearly 30 years I had thought that my 2x Great-grandmother, Bridget Ryan
, was a good swimmer
. I can now report that the good swimmer genes don't come from Bridget. She enjoyed the journey to Australia in 1849 with her sister, Ann, on the good ship, British Empire. I had missed the clue on her death certificate that she first went to Victoria and I had believed a newspaper article that said she arrived ea few years earlier.
I killed off
Mr GeniAus' 2x great-grandmother, Jane May
. Mr GeniAus wasn't half as excited as I was. We have previously visited the cemetery where she is buried, perhaps we need to visit again and diligently check all the headstones
When I visit some repositories I go crazy
taking photos of documents and sometimes, when I get home, I forget to go nitpicking and record all details. I found a couple of Death Certificates whose details I hadn't recorded
lurking in Probate Packets. Perhaps I should fetch less and spend quality time
on what I manage to collect.
I got a couple of surprise when I found some certificates misfiled
in the wrong folders. That's probably why I found that I had purchased duplicate certificates
for some ancestors.
I am sorry to report that I had to do some pruning and lop a branch off my tree
. We all make mistakes, I had given some poor woman a couple of extra children
It wasn't really of any consequence but it was interesting to see that one of Mr GeniAus' ancestors who worked for an undertaker
was a witness at the burial of one of my ancestors.
Of course I found the small pile of certificates I had bought in error
. I must hnd these on to a society or site that will make them available to others
I was wearing my halo
after completing this task until this morning when I was on my feet
dealing with piles of paper. I found a plastic sleeve that contained 72 more BDMs
No prizes for guessing that more Nitpicking is on my agenda.