Born On This Day – Catherine Cosgrove 1875-1876

Catherine Cosgrove was the first of my great grandfather’s siblings to be born in Scotland and her birth record allows me to estimate when the Cosgrove family left County Longford in Ireland. She was the 6th of ten children born to Peter Cosgrove and Catherine Mullervy. By the time of her birth the family had … Continue reading Born On This Day – Catherine Cosgrove 1875-1876

My Cousin and Uncle James Gerard Burns

The latest 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks Challenge prompt is “branching out” so I decided to go back in my family tree and along the branches and choose someone at random to see what interesting facts I could find about them. The person I chose was John Burns who was born in Newmains, Lanarkshire in … Continue reading My Cousin and Uncle James Gerard Burns

Searching For His Father – Matthew Brawley 1915-2005 Week 4 #52Ancestors

Week 4 and the latest prompt for the 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks Challenge is “curious”. A while back I posted the story of Edith Cran and her connection to my family tree. Edith had two children, Matthew and Edith who were adopted by my great grand uncle Matthew Brawley. You can read the post … Continue reading Searching For His Father – Matthew Brawley 1915-2005 Week 4 #52Ancestors

My Favourite Find – Police Raid 1890 #52 Ancestors

The prompt for Week 2 of the 52 Ancestors Challenge is “favourite”. Some of the best finds come from newspapers. Yes the official records will tell you where an ancestor was born and died, who they married etc but those records won’t tell you much about the type of person they were. Newspaper articles can … Continue reading My Favourite Find – Police Raid 1890 #52 Ancestors

Happy Birthday Granny Rae – Margaret Dalziel Dickson 1907-1966

Margaret Dalziel Dickson Today would have been my paternal granny’s birthday. I never met her as she died before I was born. I really didn’t know much about her. I do know that she and my mother didn’t get along and, as a result, I haven’t really heard any positive stories about her. Margaret was … Continue reading Happy Birthday Granny Rae – Margaret Dalziel Dickson 1907-1966