Genealogy Research Journal #5, Entry #7
I didn’t really know where to research next. I needed to see the newspaper obituary for Margaret to see if she had any siblings alive at the time of her death.
Waiting for the 1889 Index
The impatient genealogist that I am, I kept checking the Call Monitor index. Maybe not daily, but I was pretty persistent.
Finally! 1889 was added. I found Margaret’s entry, but none for Francis. I ordered Margaret’s obituary with fingers crossed that it said more than her name and date of death.
Margaret’s Obituary Gives Me a Teaser
The obituary confirmed what I already knew about Margaret and Thomas. Margaret’s father was the only person listed in the obituary besides her husband, Thomas. His name was Martin Kelly.
Hey, it’s better than nothing! I had something to work with. I knew who her father was and he was alive in 1889. Coupled with the information I learned from the Catholic Archdiocese, I had enough information to separate my Margaret from all the others–and there were a lot of them!
Knowing Margaret’s father’s name was helpful. Knowing her mother’s name would be even better. Then, I could get the family from San Francisco to Manchester…I hope.
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