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Depending upon the native country, and era, proving sibling relationships for immigrants can be très difficile in early New York.
Family searchers cross fingers, toes, and shoe strings hoping to find an Obituary or Will that names sibs, and parents. Although
Death Certificates indicate parents' names, they may be erroneous, depending upon who the informant was then.
*** Please Note: Too many researchers assume that parents of famine-era Irish immigrants did not come to NY.
Enter Steve Morse...how do I love ya, let me count the ways...Your search engine SteveMorse.org is the best!
And, a surname search is as easy as entering just two letters with the radio button "Starts with." And, Death
searches include a pre-calculated year of birth in the final column. Easy!
Here's how I've found leads to *potential* siblings, and parents, of famine-era Irish immigrants.
I'll use the surname HAMILL / HAMMILL / [don't forget surname variants] as my example.
GO TO>>>SteveMorse.org and in the top left, gray box, click on "Vital Records," then clicked on
"New York City Deaths (1862 - 1948) = http://stevemorse.org/vital/nydeath.html
ENTER ONLY surname HAMILL...no year or county. Skip down to the section labeled
"Year of Birth is between [fill in year] AND [fill in year]"
I ran it from 1801 - 1855 so it would included "famine" era births.
CLICK ON the final heading "Born" to rearrange them in chronological order; print for future use.
HAMILL spelling, Deaths:
HAMMILL spelling, Deaths:
SIBLINGS: Note those who are +/- 15 years of your ancestor's birth. Results are clues. You need to cross reference one at a time,
with Directories (shared addresses), Census, and Ships Manifests as well as Wills and Obituaries.
PARENTS: Note those who are 18 or more earlier than your ancestor's birth. Use FamilySearch.org to search births by entering
parents' names with your ancestor's name.
Barb in NY
@ 6-30-17 BAMS
Thank you!!! Have already found a story about an outing that relatives
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On Behalf Of mizscarlettny via
Sent: Monday, February 8, 2016 1:02 PM
Subject: [NYRichmo] S.I. historical newspaper
Here's a helpful link to the "Staten Island Leader" 1866-1930
I hope this brings you closer to your ancestors.
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