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> Date: Friday, 14-Mar-97 09:29 PM
> Subject: Genealogy: Missing Links, Vol. 2, No. 11
> MISSING LINKS: A Weekly Newsletter for Genealogists Vol. 2, No. 11, 14
> 1997 (St. Patrick's Day edition) (C) 1996, 1997 Julia M. Case and Myra
> Vanderpool Gormley
> Editor at Fault: Julia M. O'Case
> Co-Editor to Blame: Myra Vanderpool O'Gormley, C.G.
> *****************************************************************
> MEMBER OF THE WEEK: Prodigy member LIBBIE GRIFFIN (yyex00a) has been
an active
> contributor to the Genealogy BB for years. You will find her most
often in the
> Thanks, Libbie!
> *****************************************************************
> By Myra Vanderpool Gormley, C.G.
> If there's some Irish in your family tree, no doubt you know something
> that branch, because Irish ancestors often were great storytellers.
> Some families are fortunate enough to know when their families came
from the
> Ould Sod. The lucky ones know the ancestral towns. The rest of us must
> through volumes of American records in hopes of learning the townland
> parish where our Kellys, Murphys, O'Briens and Sullivans came from.
> research can be difficult because of the great fire of 1922 at the
> Records Office in Dublin, and because just knowing the county of
origin is
> seldom enough for successful research.
> If your Irish ancestor came to America during the mid-to-late 1800s,
he or she
> likely came from the provinces of Munster or Connaught. Six of
> counties accounted for 48 percent of the emigration up to 1900. Four
of the
> counties -- Cork, Kerry, Tipperary and Limerick -- are in Munster,
while two,
> Galway and Mayo, are in Connaught.
> Become familiar with the various divisions of Ireland because many of
> genealogical records are based on them, They are provinces, counties,
> parishes (civil or religious), townlands, and poor law unions. There
are four
> provinces: Ulster, Leinster, Munster and Connaught; and 26 counties in
> (Ireland) and six in Northern Ireland. Baronies are an ancient
division based
> on Gaelic family holdings. They were turned into civil divisions by
the English
> in the 19th century for the purpose of land valuation.
> There are about 2,500 ecclesiastical parishes. Civil parishes are used
for land
> valuations and are usually smaller than the ecclesiastical one, and
often have
> a different name. The more than 60,000 townlands are small rural
sections of a
> parish, averaging about 350 acres.
> In 1838 the whole country was divided into districts, or unions, in
which the
> local rate-payers (taxpayers) were made financially responsible for
the care of
> all the poor or starving people in the area. Paupers and their
families often
> had their ship passages paid by local subscription since this was
cheaper than
> supporting them indefinitely. The poor law union covered an average
area of 10
> miles' radius from the poor house, which was usually located in a
market town.
> The Registrar General, General Register Office, Joyce House, 8-11
> Street East, Dublin 2, Ireland, has vital records from 1864. The
Family History
> Library (FHL) in Salt Lake City has microfilm copies of the civil
> indexes of births, marriages and deaths for Ireland and Northern
> through 1958. Among its Irish collection are microfilm copies of pre-
> marriage and death certificates; birth certificates from 1864 through
> 1881, and from 1900 through 1913, for both Ireland and Northern
> An indispensable guide is "Ireland: A Genealogical Guide for North
> by Kyle J. Betit and Dwight A. Radford. This 72-page book is available
from The
> Irish at Home and Abroad, PO Box 521806, Salt Lake City, UT 84152 ($16
> postpaid).
> And, if you've discovered the World Wide Web, check out the Ireland
> from Prodigy's Genealogy Home pages under Ethnic & Foreign Countries
and these
> URLs:
> http://www.bess.tcd.ie/irlgen/qguide.htm
> Quick Guide to Genealogy in Ireland
> http://cs6400.mcc.ac.uk/genuki/ab/
> Researching (British and Irish ancestry) From Abroad
> May the luck of the Irish be with you.
> *****************************************************************
> UPDATE: The 21 February 1997 issue of "Missing Links" included an
article by
> George Ferguson (),"Dog Tags Found on Efate Island
in the
> South Pacific."
> On March 10, Mr. Ferguson wrote to let us know that he has located a
> Enos Houston through Prodigy's Veterans BB, who might be the same
person as the
> Forrest Enos Houston whose WW II dog tags were found in the bush on
> Island. He reports, "I was given 3 phone numbers for Forrest Houstons
and the
> third one was Forrest Enos Houston, 76 years old, living in Florida.
> remembers being on the Island at an officers club but does not
remember losing
> his dog tag. He was on the Cruiser Louisville." While vacationing in
> California this summer, Mr. Houston might visit Mr. Ferguson.
> George Ferguson is still looking for the owner of the second set of
dog tags,
> Edward Walter Kurzawa, Serial No. 300-70-63, or his heirs.
> *****************************************************************
> by Myra Vanderpool Gormley, C.G.
> DNA to Cheddar Man
> A March 8, 1997 Associated Press report from London, "DNA Links
Skeleton to
> Teacher," indicates that Adrian Targett who lives in the town of
> Somerset, England, may have the oldest proven genealogical link. DNA
> recently showed he is genetically related to a caveman who lived just
> mile from Cheddar and who died about 9,000 years ago -- in 7150 B.C.
> The only thing that bothers me about doing genealogy by DNA is that
there are a
> lot of missing names on that pedigree chart.
> *****************************************************************
> All ten episodes of "Ancestors", which were aired recently on PBS-TV,
> available on two video cassettes for $59.95. The videos (each runs
five hours)
> can be ordered (item number A2288) by calling 1-800-645-4PBS. The
> book (item number B2288) is available separately for $16.95. Both
items (C2288)
> may be purchased for $69.
> *****************************************************************
> The British Monarch: The Official Web Site was recently launched by
> Elizabeth II. You can see the royal web page at: http://www.royal.gov.
> *****************************************************************
> Genealogy Links on the Web http://home.earthlink.net/~middleton/topten
> Roots V for Windows, new genealogy software with sample reports,
screen images,
> and html samples: http://www.sonic.net/~commsoft/roots5.html
> webGED: Progenitor software (requires Windows 95) is one that
facilitates the
> preparation of a World Wide Web site from a standard GEDCOM file. The
output of
> Progenitor is a set of files that you can upload to your Internet
> Provider (ISP) to have a fully functioning set of web pages containing
> GEDCOM's information in a conveniently searchable format.
> http://www.access.digex.net/~giammot/webged/
> *****************************************************************
> SUCCESSFUL LINKS: In honor of St. Patrick's Day, here is a tale of a
search for
> Irish ancestry that contains just a pinch of the supernatural. Fred
> (pras08a) (internet e-mail address ) reports:
> I'm relatively lucky in that most branches of my tree can be found
> for five to ten generations in small geographic areas of Pennsylvania.
The one
> exception is my Irish side of the family, the McQUADEs, who are said
to have
> immigrated to New York City close to the turn of this century.
> Unfortunately, my grandmother, Helen BUNYON, the daughter of Joseph
> Margaret (McQUADE) BUNYON, died at age 30. Oral tradition, yet to be
> claims Helen's father's side of the family descends from the family of
> BUNYAN, the 17th-century preacher and author of "The Pilgrim's
Progress," but
> that's a research project that remains to be done.
> My great-grandmother Margaret also died young in New York City.
Helen's father
> Joseph disappeared, leaving Helen to be reared by her mother's sister
and her
> husband. No one I have interviewed can remember the uncle's surname.
Helen, of
> Irish Catholic heritage, decided to leave the church and, adding to
her aunt's
> disapproval, married my grandfather, Fred J. DAVIS, a Protestant,
after nursing
> his injuries in a New York hospital that he suffered on a World War I
> battlefield in France.
> Estranged from her aunt and uncle, Helen left New York City forever to
> in the then bustling railroad city of Altoona, Pennsylvania, the place
where my
> DAVIS ancestors can be found since the founding of the city. Traveling
> moving in with Helen and Fred was Helen's grandfather Felix McQUADE,
or at
> least that's the oral tradition in my family.
> Now understand, genealogy in my family did not really exist. I seem to
be the
> very first person known to date on my mother's side of the family to
attempt to
> construct a family history. I've only been at this since February of
1996 after
> a casual stroll into the Family History Library in Salt Lake City
while there
> on business. Perhaps one of you reading this was there that day and
> this contagious obsession that is taking up every spare minute these
> I knew that if I had a chance of tracing my Irish roots, I had to
start here in
> America with my nearest ancestors. While I have documentation
regarding my
> grandmother, no one in the family had one shred of evidence that Felix
> even existed. The memory of the man depended on the memories of
Helen's two
> surviving children, my mother and her sister, who were aged five and
nine at
> the time of their mother's death. They could not even be sure of how
> was spelled (MacQUADE? McQUAID?) or be certain of his first name. They
> only certain that "Pap," as they called him, had died before their
mother Helen
> and he had been moved to a county home after contracting cancer.
> What made me more determined to find out about Felix was a story
handed down,
> although obviously unverifiable. My mother's side of the family was
not known
> for supernatural stories, but one story seems to have persisted. When
> mother's brother was on his death bed at age 24 with a brain tumor,
the family
> was gathered around him. Melvin DAVIS had been a favorite grandchild
of Felix.
> They were said to have been very close.
> Before Melvin drew his last breath, he supposedly said, "There's Pap
at the
> bottom of my bed!" Of course, his grandfather was not in this world.
Then he
> said, "Hold on, Grandpap! I'm coming with you!" At that moment Melvin
> My first day in the grand daddy of genealogy libraries is a benchmark
> naivete. Instead of starting with the documents on hand and most
recent events
> known by immediate relatives, I began a 12-hour unsuccessful search on
> microfilm looking for McQUADE immigrants on the full ship's passenger
logs into
> New York around 1904, the year that oral tradition said our McQuades
landed in
> America. Later, a birth certificate from New York City shows Helen
Bunyon was
> born there in 1903. This was a well-learned research lesson in wasted
time. I
> suppose I half-expected to find a copy of book detailing the life of
> McQuade already on the FHL shelf.
> The one victory of my day at the FHL that probably kept my interest in
> genealogy alive instead of abandoning it in frustration was walking
out with a
> copy of the 1895 Blair County, Pennsylvania, marriage application of
> gg-grandparents, Russell and Arabella (BRAWN) DAVIS.
> The oral stories of Felix McQUADE led me to conclude that he died an
> man, possibly alone, in a county hospital for the poor. Ironically, I
> discovered in a published history of Blair County that same
institution for the
> poor was built by my ggg-grandfather, Peter EMPFIELD, a relatively
> builder and settler of Blair County.
> Finding a date of death is, of course, needed to obtain death
certificates, but
> the range of possible years was just too great. The family cemetery
plots had
> no tombstone for Felix. The county home, long converted to a
> hospital, no longer has records nor does the Blair County Courthouse.
A search
> of census records, will indexes and letters of administration
uncovered no
> record of a "Felix."
> Then I came across a letter of administration for a John McQUADE who
died in
> 1930. The last name was right, the date was possible as was the place.
I know
> what you're thinking. This was he. It wasn't. This John McQuade's
> certificate indicated he was 49 years old, much too young to have been
> grandfather of a 27- year-old woman. I was beginning to think that
Felix may
> have left the area, returned to New York, or even gone back to Ireland
> My next step was to research the most recent and final event in Felix
> history, his burial. A search of the cemetery where my DAVIS
grandparents are
> buried turned up nothing in the cemetery records. I also looked for
> pauper graves that might be close to the former county hospital.
Nothing. I
> tried the Catholic cemetery with the hypothesis that Felix stayed in
> Catholic faith. Again, nothing.
> Sometimes a break comes when you step away from a problem to
concentrate on
> something else.
> I began research on my gg-grandfather Thomas R. DAVIS, a Blair County
> found in the census of 1870. My budget now allowed me to order a thick
> from the Blair County Genealogical Society, the cemetery burial
records of
> 15,000 people in Fairview Cemetery, one of Altoona's oldest burial
> I had wandered through the cemetery previously, but never saw any sign
of Felix
> McQuade's grave. Genealogists know that feeling of excitement, like an
> archaeologist opening a secret tomb, when they discover a wealth of
> information. There was Thomas DAVIS all right in the Fairview Cemetery
> and most of his children. When I looked up the alphabetical listing
> McQUADE, sure enough, there was Felix! This was the first written
proof that
> Felix existed and the sketchy clues from the oral interviews of my
mother and
> aunt were enough to find him. The reason for overlooking him is
> Although no date of death is listed, the interment date shows 7 June
1930 and
> an age of 82. At that point in the Great Depression, the Davis family
> little money for a burial. Felix was placed in the "Reserve" section
of the
> cemetery, an area of single graves originally designed as a temporary
> area until survivors could afford a permanent family plot. Many people
> buried there. Most were moved to family sites, but many were not.
Felix has
> been there forgotten for nearly 67 years with no marker or headstone.
> Felix "Pap" McQuade has been found. Soon a new stone will mark his
place. Now I
> can request the death certificate to begin a new journey in learning
about the
> If the reader gets anything out of my experience, perhaps it's to comb
> cemetery records more carefully. If you believe your ancestor was
buried in a
> certain graveyard, but cannot find the grave, find out if the cemetery
had a
> section for "temporary" graves. If so, check the records of burial
> *****************************************************************
> CREATIVE GENEALOGY (HUMOR): Joy Fisher () included
this, which
> she'd received from a volunteer, in a message to a USGenWeb mailing
list. Joy
> reported she was still laughing. We are too. It will not surprise you
to learn
> that the author is unknown.
> * * *
> The people are what it's all about so I don't worry about sources. If
I find an
> ancestor with the last name Smith, I just go ahead and link him to
Captain John
> Smith and his wife Pocahontas. Last name of Carson? I have them
descend from
> Kit Carson, the famous pioneer. If their last name is King, I figure I
can go
> ahead and show descent from King Richard the Lionhearted, because he
was a king
> that I like.
> After you do it for awhile, it gets easier and easier to link your
family to
> really interesting people. Sure you have to be a little more creative
> those fuddy-duddy, goody-goody, source- quoting weirdos. Sometimes I
have to
> invent individuals to connect things up right, but I figure they
*could* have
> existed, right? And this way my genealogy is really interesting, my
> loves it, and it saves me time!
> My motto: What the heck, who's going to check?
> ****************************************************************
> See---- I told you.............END

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