You may remember that I’ve been trying to figure out the parentage of Michael and William Dolan who appeared in the obituary of Patrick Dolan, my Great Great Uncle, who died in 1905. I had been searching one family for a couple of years, only to realize they did not connect to my tree. So, I started over.
I have been going through census records, city directories, and newspaper. I think that I might be on the right track. Surprisingly, there was only one Dolan family living in San Francisco prior to 1900 who had the two sons, William and Michael, who fit the right age group.
I found this obituary in the The Morning Call Newspaper [10 Nov 1890, pg 8, San Francisco, CA]
Dolan–In this city, November 9 1890, Michael, beloved husband of Hannah Dolan, and father of Thomas, Michael, William, and Mrs. Finnigan, a native of Athlone, County Roscommon, Ireland.
Michael is from the right place–County Roscommon. He has two sons, Michael and William. Darn it! Why didn’t they put down if he had any siblings?
How am I going to figure this one out? There are death certificates available for San Francisco pre-1906. In order to find a link I am going to have to get creative:
1. I could get really lucky and find someone online researching Michael (that is probably a long shot…LOL)
2. I need to locate a mortuary record which might give the names of his parents and siblings.
3. Figure out where he is buried and see if there is any connection to known family members buried in the same cemetery
4. Figure out when Bridget Dolan and Margaret (Dolan) Coyne in Massachusetts died, then locate their obituaries to see if Michael’s name appears.
5. Track Michael back to Massachusetts to see if he married there.
6. Try to find a city directory listing in Massachusetts or San Francisco which shows Michael living with possible Catherine (Dolan) Kelly, Bridget Dolan, Margaret (Dolan) Coyne, or Patrick Dolan.
7. Locate probate files for any of the Dolan’s to see if Michael’s name appears (he doesn’t come up in Patrick Dolan’s probate file).
Beyond that I am at a loss. Why is San Francisco so danged difficult? I know. It has something to do with that pesky earthquake and fire. Sigh…
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