In the 1994 IGI for the UK there are 17-19 James Boyd's born
in that year but none in Ireland. None that I saw had an
father Robert Boyd and an mother Laura. Although there was
one who was Robert. I could send you this list privately if
you would like that for future reference.
So it leaves you with problem of has he not been entered in
the IGI or was he actually born in Scotland?
I would think that you would need to find this James's date
of death ( which might be an little difficult given that
James Boyd would be the second most popular Boyd name).
Would Laura's death certificate of 1920, tell you if her
father was still alive, if so perhaps someone else might be
able to give you some hints on how to find when he died.
The other problem is that his death certificate may not say
where in Ireland he was born but just say Ireland or even
the County (although that would be some help).
If you knew where Laura lived before she was married, you
might be able to look at electoral rolls for the area to see
if you can find her parents. Although then you will not be
sure if he has moved or died. The other problem would be
that you would have to live in or near Chicago to go to some
place that would have this type of records.
----- Original Message -----
From: hera <0010m61m(a)softhouse.com>
Sent: Friday, 26 January, 2001 7:58 AM
Subject: Laura Boyd and Family, Chicago
I finally have more info on my husband's grandmother Laura
Laura, b. 11/1890 IL, d. 2/16/1920 Chicago, daughter of
James and Catherine Boyd,
both born 1862 Ireland. Laura had
4 younger brothers all born prob. Chicago, Robert, b.
11/1893, Richard, b. 8/1895, William, b. 5/1897, Howard, b.
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