Sunday, May 27, 2007

Obituary of Edward P Carroll

This is a very valuable obit found among my late Aunt Virginia's photos & memorabilia.I thank my cousin Kathy in California,for showing us the entire collection last year during our visit to
Southern California.

Edward P Carroll was one of my grandfather's brothers.
I know from the 1900 U.S. Census ( Philadelphia ), that he was born in December 1892.If this was his correct year of birth, the obit would have been published around 1957.The obit also offers other clues that I had ignored.

Edward was married to Mary DE BOW. They had 2 sons, John and Edward Jr, and a Daughter, Mary ( Mrs. MALONEY ).If I understood the obit, it was Mary that lived in Paramus, NJ. It is in this city where the couple retired.
Edward 's occupational history is varied .These are enumerated on the obit. He was also President of the local Railroad union for several years.

I found a website named The Political graveyard, where my great-uncle is listed.This is a handy reference site for all interested in political leaders. It includes some basic biographical information.This is the actual reference :

Carroll, Edward P. — of Pennsylvania. Democrat. Candidate for U.S. Representative from Pennsylvania 3rd District, 1922, 1924. Presumed deceased. Burial location unknown.

If I manage to get cemetery information in the future, I will add the correct information to Edward's biography on this website.

t is interesting to note that despite Edward's Paramus, NJ residence, his funeral and burial took place in Philadelphia, PA.
It is mentioned that the service was at St. Helena's church at 5th & Godefry Avenues. .As for the cemetery,Our Lady of Grace, New Jersey.

I was very excited learning about this great-uncle that my father never talked about.
Obits are precious witnesses of people's lives. The older one's are sometimes well documented in family and biography data.

Take a look in old photo collections at home . If no existing obits are found at home, it will be necessary to do some research in a local library . Most librairies have Newspaper collections, often on Microfilm.
Wishing everyone lots of luck !

Saturday, May 19, 2007

French Genealogy Congress

This does not concern my own genealogy, but it is not everyday that I have the pleasure to attend a genealogy event.
Friday, my husband Didier & I went to a big genealogy Congress which is sponsored by the Fédération Française de Généalogie or French Genealogy Federation. This national association is the mother association of almost all genealogy clubs in France .

Every 2 years, a Congress and Exposition takes place in a different host city.This time it took place in Tours, in Central France.

Here are a few pictures of the exposition that took place :

Le Vinci, the Congress and exposition hall in Tours, France .

Inside the Hall

My husband, Didier at the stand of one of his ancestral regions. The young man next to him is a genealogy club member.

Charming genealogists in regional attire .

There were stands from just about every French region, on three levels .

The stand of the host Genealogy club, the Centre Généalogique de Touraine.Didier, my husband, is affiliated with this club because his maternal roots are in the region.

Continued success to all in your research . I will be back to my own research concerning the Anthracite Country ,in Pennsylvania. Stay tuned !

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Back on track !

I don't know if there is anyone out there that still trys to follow this diary! My entries to " a Carroll research diary " are sporadic .

But, the winds of change are blowing !

Things are moving ahead since my March entry in this research diary.I have contacted a professional genealogist, named Kate Gibbons. She is based 1 hour from Schuylkill County and will be able to work on the case of Andrew and Catherine Carroll. We have yet to schedule the research date and finalize all the arrangements.

It seems that my tries to find a marriage date through snail mail will never come through. According to Ms. Gibbons, the parishes don't readily volunteer this information. This has surprised me after my experience of research in France(where I have been living for the last 17 years ).

In France, there is a civil birth,mariage and death registration since the French revolution (1792).Prior to this, it was the churches who recorded information.
State archives( or, archives départementales )were created, and the older registers transfered to these archives.
Anyone can consult the archives; the only requirement is the viewing delay ; all documents must be 100 years or older, to be viewed. The more recent documents that are less than 100 years are kept in the "mairie" or townhalls. There are restrictions to viewing these documents; exceptions are made for immediate family members or someone with a special permission ( professional genealogist, for instance).

To return to Schuylkill county, Ms Gibbons will be searching death dates through wills and obit lists. And may try and find burial site information.

I will not miss putting in the updates; do come and take a peek !

Happy hunting .