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?
I'm now a card-carrying member of the Clan Montgomery Society! Here's how the Montgomery branch of my family tree looks (as corrected on August 6, 2017): My father was Kenneth Oliver Montgomery, born September 6, 1930 in Indianapolis, Indiana. Dad died of small cell lung cancer in Hurst, Texas, on January 6, 1997, and we … Continue reading The Clan Montgomery Society
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
Last night, Henry Louis Gates, the host of "Finding Your Roots" on PBS, spoke to the final dinner at the 2017 International Association of Jewish Genealogy Societies conference. His love for genealogy started with finding out his own roots, before slavery. He loves, as all genealogists do, to see people's eyes light up when … Continue reading My Interest in Genealogy