Family history is full of questions and mysteries. This is a wish list of sorts. While I welcome any information, documents, or photographs you might be willing to share, these are the things I am currently most interested in finding.
1) James Bryan, my great-great grandfather, left Ireland for Canada around 1858, met Mary Burns on the ship, and soon after they were married. As the story goes, James had a disagreement with his father that led to his choice to emigrate. He later forbade any discussion of that part of his family. James was reportedly born in 1838 in County Cork, Ireland. Mary was reportedly born in 1843 in South Downs, Ireland. With such common names and only birth years, it is difficult to find any details about their lives prior to coming to Canada without seriously questioning if I even have the right person. Information about their births or their parents/siblings would be of great help.
2) Joseph Reed, my great-great grandfather, was not involved in the life of his son, Percy. I understand that Joseph and Percy met only once. I found a few census records that might be him, and I have two photographs of him from my grandfather. He was reportedly a horse trainer. I have little other information about him, but would like to find more.
3) William Cooper, my great-great grandfather, was raised in an orphanage. For whatever reason (death, illness, I am unsure) his mother was not around, and his father was unable to care for him. His death certificate gives his father’s name as Archie, Archie’s birthplace as Indiana, and William’s birthplace as Ohio. No name is given for his mother.
4) One-of-a-kind items. I don’t necessarily mean originals, either. These are things like the records pages from family bibles, old photographs, or hand-written letters. These things probably only exist in one place and are only a natural disaster or a toss into the trash bin away from being lost forever. If you have anything like this, I would be very happy to get a photocopy or a scan.