• The Marriage of George Oakley Yerks to Annie Dora Cutler

    By Published On: January 5th, 2012Categories: Found Documents, Surname: Cutler, Surname: Yerks, Uncategorized

    Finally…. conclusive proof as to the parents of George Oakley Yerks arrived today via US Mail.  George Oakley Yerks is the great, great grandfather of Colleen Hayes, my wife.  Since acquiring George’s Brooklyn Death Certificate several years ago, there has been a lingering doubt in my mind as to who his parents really were.  This is

  • Our Beattie Family Tree Just Grew Larger!

    By Published On: November 23rd, 2010Categories: Found Documents, Found Relatives, Surname: Beattie

    Yesterday, I decided to revisit beta.familysearch.org to look for any possible new records they may have added to their database.  My first query was for the “Kelty” surname in Manchester, England.  The Kelty surname is on my fathers side.  Bingo!  I quickly found some new related birth records.  Since I was not really prepared to

  • Johanna Hayes & Children Arrive In The United States in September 1975

    By Published On: May 21st, 2010Categories: Found Documents, Surname: Hayes (on Lewis Side)

    According to Lloyd Lewis’ genealogy notes, compiled from reports of various family members, Johanna Hayes and the rest of the family that had not yet emigrated to the United States, finally made the trip over the pond shortly after the death of her husband, Patrick Hayes.  According to a biography of Edward Hayes, a son

  • The Tragic Life and Death of Robert John Beattie

    By Published On: May 19th, 2010Categories: Found Documents, Surname: Beattie

    Today, I was going through some old records which I had considered “duds”, when I came across a copy of a death record from England for a Robert John Beattie. I initially had discarded the record because the approximate birth year for the person did not match any Robert Beattie I had in the family

  • Harry McNeill & Jane Josephine Hayes Marriage Certificate

    By Published On: May 18th, 2010Categories: Found Documents, Surname: Hayes, Surname: McNeill

    This the the marraige certificate for Harry McNeill & Jane Josephine Hayes.  They were married at St Patricks Roman Catholic Church in Manchester, New Hampshire on September 27th, 1920.

  • The Hayes Family Of Bruree, Ireland Found!

    By Published On: May 14th, 2010Categories: Found Documents, Surname: Hayes (on Lewis Side)

    Late Thursday night I was doing some casual genealogy surfing at the pilot.familysearch.org web site when I came across a record that caught my eye.  It was an Irish Birth and Baptism Record for a Patrick Hanly in Bruree, Limerick, Ireland.   The spelling of the last name was different than what I had been

  • Naturalization Papers for Thomas Kelty

    By Published On: May 3rd, 2010Categories: Found Documents, Surname: Kelty

    I recently acquired naturalization papers for a Thomas Kelty, who I believe to be my great great grandfather.  They were executed in Exeter, New Hampshire on 28 February 1859 with an inital application date of 3 March 1859.  While these papers don’t positively identify this Thomas Kelty as my great great grandfather, I have concluded

  • Leta Smith’s Family Tree Branch Has Been Found!

    By Published On: December 20th, 2009Categories: Found Documents, On The Genealogy Trail, Surname: Smith

    Leta Ethel Smith, sister of Frank Edward Smith (my wife’s great grandfather) was born in Iowa on May 30, 1887.  The only thing we knew about her, until today, was that she had twins named Merle and Berle.  In fact we have pictures of Leta, Merle and Berle in our possession.  There is some recollection

  • The Death Certificate of Angelo Anthony Baroni

    By Published On: December 1st, 2009Categories: Found Documents, Surname: Baron

    I finally obtained the death certificate for Angelo Anthony Baroni (Baron).  After a third review of his wife's naturalization papers, I noticed a small note that indicated that her husband died in October of 1913.  So I hired someone to go to the New Jersey State Archive to retrieve a copy of the death certificate.