An Ancestral Road Trip

The 52 Ancestors challenge prompt for this week is “maps” so I’ve been looking at this one and making plans. Some time in the not too distant future I would like to take a trip to Ireland and visit the places my ancestors lived. I have visited Ireland before with breaks in Dublin and Cork. … Continue reading An Ancestral Road Trip

An Easy Mistake To Make – Finding Sarah Helferty

The only one of my grandparents I got to meet was my Granny Brawley, my mum's mum. I knew that her father was called Patrick Cosgrove and her mother was Sarah Helferty. I knew that she was born in Glasgow in 1900. Prior to starting my research that was pretty much it. My granny died … Continue reading An Easy Mistake To Make – Finding Sarah Helferty

My Granny’s Other Dad – Edward Cooper 1862-1939

My maternal grandmother Catherine Cosgrove was just 7 months old when she lost her father.  Patrick Cosgrove was just 38 years old when he died of smallpox in Belvedere Hospital in Glasgow. Patrick and his wife, Sarah Helferty were married in 1888 and Catherine was their only child.  Sarah remarried and her second husband was … Continue reading My Granny’s Other Dad – Edward Cooper 1862-1939