I slightly updated the Costigan page — just formatting changes and sourcing improvements but no really new information.
Well, I did a little more thinking, and have discarded the 1920 East Boston census with the Costigan boys from Nova Scotia. First, as noted, it conflicts with the 1920 Seattle census where John Costigan appears with his brother Simon. But another look in my Reunion files revealed that Patrick Costigan was listed in the 1921 Newfoundland Census with his mom, so he hadn’t yet made it down to the States. So I have to let it go. But come on: the same names, the same Maritimes Canada, the same street in East Boston? *sigh*
I started organizing my materials on the Costigans with an eye towards improving the Costigan page. I opened my grandfather’s page on Ancestry.com and realized I didn’t have a 1920 census listing for him, so I did a search.
I found Bernard Costigan, Patrick Costigan, and John Costigan all boarding on Princeton Street in East Boston and working as fishermen.
Unfortunately, this census says they are from Nova Scotia, and has switched Patrick’s and John’s ages, but I am willing to chalk that up to enumerator error. My grandfather lived in and around Princeton Street for decades; these are his stomping grounds, those are his brothers’ names. Ancestry.com has indexed the household as the Cannons, but I think the handwriting is bad and it actually says Gorman, a prominent name in Harbour Main. So they are probably boarding with friends of friends from home.
Except that surely friends of friends from home would have known that they were from Newfoundland and not Nova Scotia. But who knows. I still felt good about it until I started attaching the census to my Ancestry tree pages for Patrick and John.
That’s when I saw that I already have a 1920 census for John Costigan, only he’s living in Seattle.
No one really knows what happened to John. There were vague rumors that he had died at sea, but I could never find anything concrete. I was really excited when I found this census, because it lists Simon Costigan as his brother, and my great-uncle Simon definitely lived out in Seattle. So this must be my great-uncle John, right?
So then why did people think he was dead instead of just in Seattle? Unless he died in Seattle?
And who was the John staying on Princeton Street in East Boston?
Is it possible there is another group of Costigan brothers with the same names and ages from Nova Scotia?
I will try to figure it out tomorrow.
The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog.
Here’s an excerpt:
A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 5,500 times in 2011. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 5 trips to carry that many people.
I thought I would have some adorable Christmas photo to put here, but I am out of town visiting family and don’t have my regular computer with my photos. So imagine something cute and festive. Happy holidays to my readers! Happy family tree climbing in the coming year!
I updated the Hegarty page to incorporate sources. I removed some more speculative aspects so that what’s there is more likely to be accurate now. (No guarantees!)
Eventually I hope to work through the rest of my pages in the same fashion, but semester/holiday crunch time is upon us, so don’t hold your breath.
Also, I nested the pages and surname list to group related families.
I’ve been very busy with professional responsibilities lately, which is not necessarily a bad thing, but is why this blog has been quiet.
My eventual plans for this site are:
- rewrite the family pages to incorporate better sourcing, which will force me to analyze the material I have and hopefully clarify my next research steps
- scan some more photos
- read more relevant history
I am not really pleased with Ancestry.com’s new Irish databases, since they are mostly barebones indices. Many of them replicate information I already had from FamilySearch.org (because it’s the same info being indexed). I think I’m eventually going to have to join one of the Irish-specific sites, and probably also seek professional guidance, but that’s further down the road.
Today I just went through my “people with hints” list on ancestry.com, and discovered that some Deasy ancestors lived right here in Brooklyn! I love it when things get local!