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How can I solve the mystery of Mary Collis?

How can I solve the mystery of Mary Collis?

Last week, I finished off my Individual Summary project with Mary Collis.  Looking over the little information that I had for her made me want to find out more. This story starts with Patrick Dolan, my 3rd great uncle.  He died in 1905, but his probate records were lost in the 1906 earthquake.  His niece, Mary (Kelly) Meincke, was the administratix.  She refiled for a new probate in 1907 as the estate had not been settled before the earthquake wiped…

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Bridget (Coyne) Wall’s Individual Summary

Bridget (Coyne) Wall’s Individual Summary

I would have never known about Bridget Coyne if she had not contested the reopening probate in 1907 of Patrick Dolan.  Before I found that file I had no idea that the Dolan’s had cousins in Massachusetts.  It was a whole new branch of the tree for me. Name:    Bridget COYNE-8521 Sex:    Female Father:    Patrick COYNE-8520 (1820-    ) Mother:    Margaret DOLAN-8517 (1820-1880) Individual Facts Birth    Mar 1854    Milford, Worcester Co., MA Residence    1870 (about age 16)    Milford, Worcester Co., MA…

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This Just Might Be What My Kelly Line Needs

This Just Might Be What My Kelly Line Needs

My Gr Gr Gr Grandparents, Martin and Catherine (Dolan) Kelly, had the nerve to die before 1906.  Beyond obituaries in San Francisco newspapers, I haven’t been able to locate a will or death certificate because they don’t exist. But, this document might change things.  I spent sometime going through the San Mateo County Index to Deeds at familysearch.org tonight.  Around 1890, I began seeing entries for a Martin Kelly.  There wasn’t anything to say it was my Martin Kelly, and…

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Mystery Monday: Just Who Are the Coyne’s?

Mystery Monday: Just Who Are the Coyne’s?

Patrick Dolan didn’t know it but he left me one of the biggest genealogy gifts a researcher could ever ask for.  He died in San Francisco two years before the earthquake and fire. Patrick owned property and had some money saved up when he passed away.  His niece, Mary (Kelly) Meincke, was designated as adminstratix.  His will was still being processed when the earthquake struck.  All remnants of the paperwork disintegrated along with Mary’s home–as well as the files at…

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My Biggest Genealogy Discovery in 2010

My Biggest Genealogy Discovery in 2010

I’m borrowing this for Randy’s Saturday Night Genealogy Fun since I wrote it only two days ago.  This is by far my best research adventure of the year.  I located obituaries that were out of my reach and I uncovered a new line of my Kelly family tree.  None of this would have been possible if a volunteer at findagrave.com hadn’t been kind enough to photograph my family’s tombstones at Holy Cross cemetery in Colma, California. 2010 was the year…

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