John Brawley was the 5th of 13(!) children of Peter Brawley and Catherine Keenan. Peter was my great grandfather's brother and Catherine was the sister of my great grandmother. They married on 31 December 1890. John was born on 10 March 1899 in Newmains, Lanarkshire. He was baptised in St Brigid's Church on 18 March … Continue reading Death of a Child – John Brawley 1899-1902
Births , deaths and marriage records as well as the census records are probably my main sources of information relating to my family tree. They provide me with the names and dates I need but they don't give me any indication of the type of people my ancestors were. Newspapers are a fabulous source of … Continue reading A Bad Day In Court – September 1891
Catherine Cosgrove was my granny Brawley. She's my mother's mother and the only one of my grandparents still alive when I was born. She was born in Glasgow on 16 July 1900 to Patrick Cosgrove, a labourer, and Sarah Helferty. Patrick was born in Ireland as was Sarah's mother. Catherine was Patrick and Sarah's only … Continue reading My Granny – Catherine Cosgrove 1900-1975
Taking a DNA test seemed to be the next logical step in my research. There was one particular brick wall I was hoping to solve and that was identifying my great, great grandfather who never married my great, great grandfather and who denied paternity of my great grandfather. Through DNA and some traditional research I … Continue reading Making The Most of My DNA Results
I've recently renewed my subscription to the British Newspaper Archive and today I discovered this article from the Hamilton Herald and Lanarkshire Weekly News dated Friday 20 February 1891. Patrick Cosgrove was my great grandfather. His daughter, Catherine, was my maternal granny. He and Edward Cooper were both born in Ireland but were raised in … Continue reading A Falling Out?