A month or two ago, I made a startling discovery of an obituary for my 3rd great-grandmother Margaret Donlan Cain. It was online at http://www.newspaperarchive.com and revealed not only her death information but quite a bit of history for her that I'd never known before. Today, I am focusing my attention on Katie Kilcannon. On … Continue reading Who was Katie Kilcannon?
Last week, I learned that my 2nd great-grandfather Michael Daniel Cain had a sister named Anna. Their mother, Margaret Anna (Donlan or Donelon) Cain, brought Anna (about 12 years old), Michael Daniel (about 2 years old), and another son, with her when she traveled from Cloonacat, Glenamaddy, Galway, Ireland, to Madison, Indiana in late 1864 … Continue reading Michael Daniel Cain’s sister Anna
We always knew that my 2nd great-grandfather Michael Daniel Cain was born in Ireland and came to the US as a toddler in the mid-1860's, but that's about all that anyone in our family knew. Here is the newspaper article from the February 13, 1946 Indianapolis Star: Please note that the article mentions his nieces … Continue reading Where was Michael Daniel Cain born?
Russian Jewish genealogy is tricky! Despite years of researching, I have been unable to find relatives of my great-grandparents, Simon Goldman and Mamie Bloom or Blum (both spellings are used on her children's birth and death certificates). Simon and Mamie left Hamburg on the Hammonia on November 10, 1889, and arrived in New York on … Continue reading Were Mamie Bloom Goldman, in Indianapolis, and Libby Goodstein Noiman, in Cincinnati, sisters?
There is an excellent article in the Washington Post today: "She thought she was Irish -- until a DNA test opened a 100-year-old-mystery. " So many people are taking DNA tests these days. It is cool, for sure, to learn or confirm your ethnicity. But sometimes there are definitely very big surprises, and not always … Continue reading DNA Surprises
Years ago, my mother showed me a picture. She said she had been told a long time ago that the picture was of her Goldman grandparents. Here is the picture in question: Even before my mother's memory began to fail, she was an unreliable witness as to who was in that picture or, really, in … Continue reading A mystery for Sherlock
This week, I have been in Orlando at the International Association of Jewish Genealogy Societies (IAJGS) for the organization's IAJGS 2017 conference. There were about 1,000 people here, both professionals and amateur genealogists just looking for answers to their own family tree mysteries. My head is spinning with new ideas and new directions to take my … Continue reading IAJGS 2017