My maternal grandfather, Hugh Brawley was one of twelve siblings born between 1887 and 1908 to Daniel Brawley and Ellen Keenan. Of the ten children who reached adulthood five of them left Scotland for new opportunities in Canada. My great uncle John Brawley was born on 21 June 1897 at the family home at 8 … Continue reading A New Life In Canada- John Brawley 1897-1964
In 1926 my maternal grandfather's sister Sarah left Scotland for a new life in Canada. She set sail from Greenock in July 1926 on the White Star Line ship "Doric". She had married Matthew Sanford in Newmains in 1916. The couple had four children. Times were hard in Scotland after the Great War and there … Continue reading Some Scottish Hospitality
There are a few brick walls in my research that I revisit from time to time to see if I can make any progress. Sometimes I discover new records that were previously unavailable online and in a couple of cases DNA has helped me make the breakthrough. In the case of Hannah Kane, my great, … Continue reading What Happened To Hannah Kane?
I grew up in Newmains, Lanarkshire as did my mother and her parents before her. I knew that I had strong family ties to the village. My husband, however is not from North Lanarkshire and prior to meeting me had only ever driven through Newmains on the way to somewhere else. Having listened to me … Continue reading A Family History Coincidence
The Christmas lunch for the senior citizens of St Brigid's parish in Newmains takes place this weekend in the parish centre. My mum will be there along with her sister, my aunt Mary. For the older members of the community it's a great chance to get together to enjoy a meal, some festive entertainment and … Continue reading A Festive Treat – The Keenan Sisters
Some time ago I wrote about discovering my grandparents had been involved in a train crash which left my granny injured. You can read the post by clicking here. Surprisingly this was the first most of my generation of the family had heard about the accident even though it must have been such big news … Continue reading An Alarming Experience – Hugh Brawley and Catherine Cosgrove