Looking for faint stars

It seems that most of the DNA evidence that I have at present is like trying to identify very faint stars on a dark night. You know that they are there, but you cannot be certain exactly what you are seeing. Is it a star, or a figment of your imagination? We want to discover…

Double checking – part 2

This is the second post (see Double checking – part 1 for the rest of the story) following up, and correcting, my post titled ‘Definitely related’ (Dated September 2020), in which I recorded the following: John (born 1866, son of GGF John) is staying in Dewsbury with Catherine (b 1851-1857 – his half-sister) at the…

Double checking – part 1

In the post titled ‘Definitely related’ (Dated September 2020), I recorded the following: John (born 1866, son of GGF John) is staying in Dewsbury with Catherine (b 1851-1857 – his half-sister) at the time of the 1891 census. He married Catherine (or Kate) Delaney in Dewsbury later that same year. She was born in Ireland.…

We always want more

The quantity of information collected on census returns has steadily increased with time. It does seem that providing more information can lead to more questions. In 1911, couples were required to state the duration of the marriage. It is clear that either some memories were faulty or powers of arithmetic were lacking. Not all the…

Griffiths Ormsby

The Griffiths Survey refers to three Ormsby people as tenants in Roscommon. These are in addition to the landowning Rev. William Ormsby (already covered in ‘Rich Ormsby and poor Ormsby‘). Isabella Ormsby has two houses and associated gardens at Drum, near Athlone. One of the houses was sublet. There is a death of Isabella Frances…

Rich Ormsby and poor Ormsby

In “Servant in Tonlegee”, I made reference to an article about Beechwood House. Almost in passing, there is a reference to an Ormsby estate. This required further investigation. There is a wealth of information to be found at http://goldenlangan.com/ormsby.html The earliest family record is of Richard de Ormesby who was born in 1020. A mere…

Servant in Tonlegee

As mentioned in ‘Ormsby or Armsby’, Bridget Ormsby was a servant living in Tonlegee at the time of her 1865 marriage to John Stanly. But which Tonlegee? There is a townland of that name to the west of Roscommon Town in the civil parish of Kilbride. There is another one to the east of Roscommon…

Ormsby or Armsby

I have written about the doubt that exists about the identity of my great grandmother. (See “Ormsby & Scott”) I have decided that it is time to put those doubts to one side. Evidence, one way or the other, may emerge from further research. As stated in “The Ormsby connection”, a marriage took place in…

Power of numbers

I am a member of the Roscommon DNA Facebook group. At the time of writing (April 2022), there are over 1,100 members. There are 1482 samples that can be cross checked on Gedmatch.com. (Some members manage samples on behalf of other people.) If I run the analysis on Gedmatch, with a minimum cut off of…

Fading hope

I am following up on the logic I outlined in ‘More on Brother 2’. (See also ‘Brother 2’ and ‘Still hunting brother 2’) I elected to look for James Stanley, born in Ireland, on the 1851, 1861, 1871 and 1881 census returns. I found 42 separate entries. Unfortunately, not one of them cites Roscommon as…