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
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
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
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
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
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 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
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.