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Are These the Dolans I’ve Been Looking For?

Are These the Dolans I’ve Been Looking For?

If you’re a regular reader of my blog you know that I’m on what seems like a neverending quest to figure out who the Dolan’s in Patrick Dolan’s reinstated probate file were.  The quest has sent me in circles like a crazed character in a Looney Tunes cartoon. A Little Background Patrick Dolan died in 1905.  But, his probate was not settled before the 1906 earthquake and fire in San Francisco.  The probate proceedings were refiled by his niece, Mary…

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My First Experience Researching the Irish Catholic Church Parish Registers

My First Experience Researching the Irish Catholic Church Parish Registers

You may have heard.  The National Library of Ireland website now has the Catholic Church Parish Register records online and available to research for free.  The records are available to research for free.  I’ve been waiting a long time to get my hands dirty with Irish research.  To say I am eager to begin this research is an understatement. Before You Jump In… It’s important to know the parish before you start your search.  It isn’t good enough to know…

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I am so tired of you, Margaret Dolan Coyne!

I am so tired of you, Margaret Dolan Coyne!

Do you have that one ancestor or relative who drives you nuts?  I don’t mean those who are still living.  You know, the one who no matter how many databases you search, microfilms you roll through, and indexes you go through, they managed to slip through the cracks.  It appears they went through life and left no trail. Such is the case with my third great aunt, Margaret (Dolan) Coyne.  I would not have known about Margaret had it not…

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Mary Collis, Take Three

Mary Collis, Take Three

There are times when I am more efficient than I thought I was.  I was beating myself up for misplacing Patrick Dolan’s probate file when it hit me.  I took copious notes from the massive file! I pulled down the Kelly/Dolan binder, flipped to Patrick Dolan’s section, and began reading.  After going through the notes, I was right.  There is no location listed for Mary Collis.  Her cousin, Bridget (Coyne) Wall, is specifically noted as being “from Boston, MA”, but…

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One more question about Mary Collis

One more question about Mary Collis

After I wrote my blog post last night about Mary Collis, daughter of Bridget Dolan, something occurred to me.  How do I know that Mary Collis ever came to America? Every thing I know about Mary Collis came from the refiled probate records for her Uncle, Patrick Dolan.  I have part of that file in my binder under Patrick Dolan.  The majority of the file is packed away somewhere in a yet to be located box from moving two years…

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