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52 Ancestors, Week 11: Martin Kelly was a Lucky Man

52 Ancestors, Week 11: Martin Kelly was a Lucky Man

This week’s them for 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks is the Luck of the Irish.  This week I’m going to write about my 3rd great grandfather, Martin Kelly, and his brush with the law. Martin Kelly was a native of County Roscommon, Ireland, who came to America during the Potato Famine.  I don’t know much about him until he and his wife, Catherine Dolan, appear in Manchester, Hillsborough County, NH in 1849 where their first child, my ancestor, Margaret (Kelly)…

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Oh, the Pain

Oh, the Pain

I’ve been on the hunt for my 3rd great grandfather’s land records this week.  I went through the indexes for San Mateo County, California and hit a gold mine.  It turns out Martin Kelly owned more land than I ever dreamed possible.  The family lore said that he owned “a boardinghouse in San Francisco”.  That doesn’t even describe it.  He owned land all around the Bay Area. I decided to take a gander at the San Francisco indexes.  Again, the…

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My Very First Deed

My Very First Deed

My latest discovery has to deal with my first adventure in researching land records.  Even though I’ve been researching for over 20 years, I have not had to do land research.  It was an aspect of genealogy I hadn’t really delved into.  I knew that my San Francisco ancestors held land back as early as the 1850s, but because so many records were lost in the 1906 earthquake and fire, I didn’t really bother to look for them.  Most of…

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