Thursday, December 28, 2017

The Best Genealogy Find of 2017: A Family of Ancestors

These particular ancestors were not behind a brick wall.  They were not long-sought.  But finding them is exciting, nonetheless.  I'm thrilled!

Undocumented family history records told me that my father's great-grandfather was Andrew Doyle, and that his parents were William Doyle and Martha Ray.  William Doyle's death date was noted as 1844.  Having names and approximate dates were a great aid to this research.  I had a beginning point.

Searching for Andrew led me to his siblings and his mother, Martha, in the 1841 U.K. Census.  Further research led me to census records for Andrew's family of birth, a parish marriage record for his parents, parish birth and death records for most of his siblings, and civil death certificates for his father and a sister.  I have posted only a few of these records to date, but will post about the rest in 2018.

I love reuniting ancestral families, gathering parents and every child to complete the family circle.  Having spent Christmas without one of my daughters at home I can relate to how William and Martha might feel to have all of their children reunited.    

This post is my contribution to the December 2017 Genealogy Blog Party (Part One), hosted by Elizabeth at My Descendant's Ancestors.  Thank you for hosting, Elizabeth.


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  1. This was such a sweet post! Thanks for sharing.

    1. Thank you, Andrea. It was a sweet find, too!

  2. That is indeed a good find. Even though I KNOW searching siblings can lead to answers, I often get stuck focusing on a certain ancestor and forget to look at the others around him.

    1. I think it's partly desperation that causes me to search collaterals, Wendy. When I search for the direct line again and again in a variety of places and come up empty-handed my next thought is extended family. Maybe that son's information will lead me back. On the other hand, one of the things I most want to do is gather all the members of any family, so eventually I would search siblings.


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