Finding Jane Graham’s Parents: Using Clusters and Records in Three Countries

Mary Kircher Roddy, CG
Sep 3, 2021
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Introduction
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Where Do We Start?
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An Interesting Clue
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Oakland Connection
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Ireland
8m 51s
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England
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Graham Children
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Lessons Learned
2m 48s

About this webinar

Tracking the woman who raised Jane’s youngest child leads from California through England to County Tyrone to identify parents. An Irish family case study. Brief Outline Jane Graham was born in Ireland in 1835. Unsourced family lore provided parents’ names. Twenty years of on-and-off research proved the lore was true. Jane and her husband and children were missed in the 1860 census. Her only census appearance was 1870, three years before her death in childbirth. Encountering Jane’s last child another family’s household led to extensive research on Ann Lockren and the discovery that Ann and Jane were sisters. Research on Irish-born Ann led to records of her marriage and children in County Durham, England. After Ann was widowed, she lived in the same household as another Graham family. Tracking those Grahams through clues in family trees to records in England and Ireland led to origins in County Tyrone. Catholic parish registers in Tyrone proved Jane and Ann were sisters, and who their parents were. Case involves multiple surname variants and use of cluster research.

About the speaker

About the speaker

Mary Roddy, a Certified Public Accountant, has been a genealogist since 2000, becoming interested in the subject in anticipation of an extended trip to Ireland. She earned a certificate from the Genealogy and Family History program at the Universi
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  1. JS
    Janet Stroebel
    3 weeks ago

    Mary,
    Wonderful presentation! FYI: Bernardsville, where I grew up, is pronounced with the emphasis on the first syllable.

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    Rochelle Ford
    1 month ago

    Loved it! Well done! So helpful.

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    Karen Izzo
    1 month ago

    That was wonderful – thanks, Mary! Now I’m off to search the FAN club!

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