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Surname Saturday – Hale (Ireland)

The only thing I know about my third great-grandmother, Anne HALE, is that she married Michael CAHILL on 30 January 1855 in Thomastown, Kilkenny, Ireland. I have no idea when she was born, when she died, or who her parents (or other relatives) are…she’s a bit of a mystery. At least two of Anne’s children left Ireland and settled in Aurora, Kane, Illinois (one son eventually removed from Aurora and settled in Chicago, Cook, Illinois).

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Surname Saturday – Ward (Ireland / Illinois)

My WARD line is one of my more challenging lines.  The earliest known ancestor is my third great-grandfather, James WARD and I don’t know much about him.  He was apparently married prior to marrying my third great-grandmother, Bridget, but I have no information about his first wife.  The only clues come from the 1880 census, which shows James with three additional children, all born before James and Bridget married.

And, for the longest time, I though Bridget’s maiden name was Shevlin/Shevlan, but after some digging and a closer look at their marriage certificate, I’m not so sure; she may have been married previously as well.  A lot of mystery around this family.  Here’s what I know so far.

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Surname Saturday – Millett (Ireland / Illinois)

John MILLETT (with variants including Milot, Milett, Millet, Mylett, Mylot) is my third great-grandfather. He lived in Ireland, but may have been born elsewhere. He married Mary RYAN and they had eight known children. At least three of the children left Ireland and settled in the US. I believe I have found a sister for John and hopefully that will provide additional clues and perhaps lead to their parents.

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Surname Saturday – Garrison (Ontario / Michigan / Illinois)

My earliest known GARRISON is James Manly GARRISON, who was born in Ontario, Canada, in 1861. I’m still trying to determine, with some level of certainty, who his parents are. I know his mother’s name was Susan, and I suspect that she herself was a GARRISON, but I need to do some more digging to learn the truth. James and his mother relocated to Detroit, Wayne, Michigan about 1871, and James later moved to Chicago, Cook, Illinois.

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Surname Saturday: Schwartz (Luxembourg / Illinois)

This week I get to talk about one of my favorite families: SCHWARTZ.  It’s one of my favorites because they came from Luxembourg, which is such a wonderful place to research.  Despite the records being in German (old script at that) and/or French, neither of which I can actually read, records are abundant and readily available.  And, the women are kind enough to keep their maiden name with them at all times!  I’ve found a ton of information on this and my other Luxembourg families, in a very short period of time.  There’s still a lot of work to do, but they’ve probably been one of the easier groups of people to research.

The earliest Schwartz I’ve reached is Laurentius (a.k.a. Lorentz) SCHWARTZ, who is my fifth great-grandfather.  I don’t know much about him, his wife, or any other children, besides the child I descend from.

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