Category Archives: Marriage Record

Wedding Wednesday, Marriage Record of Dennis O’Connell and Rosa Springer

Groom Dennis O’Connell
Bride    Rosa M. Springer
Residence of Groom Berlin, NH
“ “               of Bride    Berlin, NH
Age of Groom  21
“ “    of Bride    17
Color of Groom White
“ “      of Bride    White
Occupation of Groom Papermaker
“  “               of Bride     —–
Birthplace of Groom Granville, NY
“ “             of Bride    Lancaster, NY
No. of Marriage of Groom first
“ “                           Bride   first
Groom Widowed or Divorced  ——
Bride     “    “                 ——
Intention filed  February 10, 1905
By whom Married Rev L.M Laplante
Residence Berlin, NH
Official Station Catholic Priest
Date of Marriage February 27, 1905
Place Berlin, NH
[record continued over]
*Clergyman, Notary Public, Justice of the Peace, etc.

(Record Continued)
Grooms Father and Mother
Father’s Name John O’Connell
“ “          Residence Sandy Hill, NY
“ “        Age 42 Color White
“ “             Occupation Machinist
“ “          Birthplace Wels, VT

Mother’s Name Bridget Kern
“ “           Residence Deceased
“ “           Age —  Color White
“ “           Occupation Housewife
“ “           Birthplace Granville, NY

Bride’s Father and Mother
Father’s Name Alex Springer
“ “          Residence deceased
“ “        Age — Color White
“ “             Occupation Farmer
“ “          Birthplace Waterville, PI

Mother’s Name Mary Cote
“ “           Residence Berlin, NH
“ “           Age 46  Color White
“ “           Occupation Housewife
“ “           Birthplace Canada

The State of New Hampshire
I hereby certify the above marriage record is correct to
the best of my knowledge and belief.
M.E. Young
Clerk of Berlin, NH
Date {blank}
*if deceased, give age at death.


Wedding Wednesday – Fred Jaeger and Ella Jonas

Marriage License

Marriage may be Celebrated , in the County of Cook and State of Illinois, between Fred Jaeger of Chicago, in the County of Cook and State of Illinois, of the age of 25 years, and Miss Ella Jonas of Chicago, in the County of Cook and the State of Illinois, of the age of 20 years.

Certified by H. Sterling Pomeroy, Judge of the City Court of Kowance*, Ill. serving in the Circuit Court of Cook County on 26 November 1918.

Registered and filed 23 December 1918.

*Having been born and raised in Cook County, I have no clue where Kowance is. I have done a little bit of research on the internet and the only thing it brings up is Kewanee, IL which is in Henry County. Henry County is no where near the city of Chicago. Hopefully, someone reading might be able to give me a clue as to where this town was.

Marriage of William Richmond and Zedith Lachney

Lisa Alzo of The Accidental Genealogist has put together a great list of writing prompts for Women’s History Month. The prompt for today is to post a marriage record for your grandparents or great grandparents. Write a post about where and when they  at. Have any family stories about the wedding, post them? Add a photo if you have that as well. 

My grandparents got married in the childhood home of my grandma on 2 Sep 1948 in Beckley, Raleigh County, WV. Consent to the marriage was given by Hunter and Edith Richmond, (William’s parents), and Joe and Mary Lachney, (Zedith’s parents). Click here for information on Raleigh County in the 1940’s.


Unfortunately, I do not have a photo of them on their wedding. This photo is of the house they got married in. The photo is from 2004 when I was lucky enough to take my grandma “home” to West Virginia for the Hilton Family Reunion. 

Newberry Library, Chicago’s Family History Center

Today we had beautiful weather, a great day to be outside and enjoying the many sites Chicago has to offer. Instead, I opted for a day of research at Newberry Library. First and foremost, drivers beware, parking is costly! Parking meters are now $2.00 per hour with a 2 hour maximum. Local parking garage is $6 for the first half hour and $19 for 2-10 hours. So, if public transportation is an option I suggest taking it. Beware, the library does not allow any bags into the reading rooms. 

As you walk into this impressive building you are greeted by security. You must show your reading card and sign in. If you have any bags on you, security will promptly point you to lockers. Once you have signed in and passed security you follow the stairs to the second floor, which is where they house their genealogical materials. You must check in here with the librarian and he/she will assign you a desk to work at. Each desk seats four people, the staff does a great job at making sure they spread everyone out. It always seems like we are there alone!

The staff is overly helpful. I spent probably a good half hour with their historian today. I was seeking assistance with my Russian research, that I seem to ignore daily. My mother in law’s Grandfather was in the Russian White Army and came to the USA in 1916 (with his family). He was here working with the Russian Artillery Commission. You can read this previous post for information. I did learn today that once the Czar was overthrown the Russian Embassy began paying the salary of the Russians that ended up losing there salary due to this.  They were then given the job of assisting the Russians that were coming to the USA. The Embassy continued paying them until mid 1920’s. What I am trying to find is how Anatoly Porai Koshetz arrived in America, with his family. I have not been able to find any records through Ellis Island, either on Ancestry or Ellis Islands websites. My question was should I continue to look here or should I be looking in Russia. His suggestion was to continue with research in America. He believes something will surface. So for now, I will do that.

What I really want to share with you is the history of the collections in this building. As I stated earlier, this was not my first visit to the Newberry Library. Some of the books/folio’s we requested to look at today were very old, and in great condition. I want to tell you about my 3 favorite.

  1. First I browsed a book form the late 1800’s. The pages seemed to be made of cloth instead of paper. It had a very silk like feel to it. 
  2. I also looked over a few folio’s that were family tree’s, one from the 1800’s, it was the Royal lineage of England. I was in awe as I opened each flap of it. 
  3. Last another family tree folio which was also of the Royal families. This one was from the 1700’s. The tree itself went a few generations before “King Jesus” . 

They were all amazing to look through and honestly I feel privileged to have been able to hold and go through each one of these items. I appreciate the great job Newberry does in preserving history.

Besides the great conversation and research trips from the Historian, my research did not prove to be anything great today. I found a few marriage dates for some collateral lines. Found two ancestors in the DAR index. But that’s about it. 

I have one question for all of my fellow researchers that have their tree uploaded on Ancestry. How do you differentiate your direct line ancestors from your collateral lines? I know in some programs, such as Reunion you can “mark” these ancestors. I need some assistance as to how to make it easier to search my tree on Ancestry. My sister-in-law and I had a 20 minute conversation on the way home as to how we can make this more efficient. Any advice?

My Brickwall Ancestor – John O’Connell

In spending time today reading AnceStories older posts and I came across one on blogging about our Brickwall Ancestors and why we do not put out all the information we have and maybe others will be able to help. What an idea. I know for one, I have mentioned mine here and there. But I have never really put all my information out there. So today I am taking a stab at it. 

I am looking for John’s parents and to see if I can find where he is really from, the information from census records is conflicting.

John O’Connell
1900 Census 
Enumeration District 138, Supervisors District 5, Sheet 10A
Sandy Hill Village, Kingsbury Town, Washington County, NY
7 Mill Street
John is head of house, M, W, born Nov 1857, age 42, widowed, born in NY, both parents born in NY, he is Grinder at the Pulp Mill.
Also in the house are:
Elizabeth, daughter, F, W, b. Sept 1880, age 19, single, born in NJ, parents born in NY.
Dennis, son, M, W, b. Nov 1882, age 17, single, born in NY, parents born in NY, he is a day laborer.
John W, son, M, W, b. Apr 1885, age 15, single, born in NY, parents born in NY, he is a laborer.
Daniel, son, M, W, b. Apr 1887, age 12, single, born in NY, parents born in NY, he is at school.
Kate, daughter, F, W, b. Dec 1888, age 11, single, born in NY, parents born in NY, she is at school.
Mary, daughter, F, W, b. Dec 1893, age 6, single, born in NY, parents born in NY.
1910 Census (very hard to read)
Enumeration District 109, Supervisors District 6, sheet 9A
Hudson Falls Village, Kingsbury Township, Washington County, NY
John is head of house, M, W, age 52, widowed, born in Ireland, parents born in Ireland, he is a laborer at the pulp mill.
Also in the house are:
Mrs. Hattie Langdon, daughter, F, W, age 30, Married, born in NJ, parents born in Ireland. (she had been married for 11 years)
Fred Langdon, son in law, M, W, age 35, Married, born in NJ, parents born in Ireland.
Dan, son, M, W, age 22, single, born NY, parents born in Ireland, operator in bag mill.
Burial information:
John died 26 Sept 1931 and is buried in St Paul’s/St Mary’s Cemetery in Hudson Falls, NY. He was 73 years old. This has been confirmed with Dorothy at St Paul’s/St Mary’s Church through the listing of his wife Bridget Curran (who is not buried there) on his records. Also buried here are his son John W, and his wife Beatrice. Daughter Hattie, and son Dennis. There are a total of 5 O’Connells buried here, Marie is the last one (I have not been able to place her in the family yet). They have no other records on this family.  They did find it odd that there are Irish buried in this French cemetery.
I have been trying to get a copy of death records for any of them through Kingsbury Town Hall, unfortunately, I never get an answer on the phone. I will continue to try that way and via email. 
I have not been able to find John in the 1880 Census (he should have been in NJ, which is where his daughters were born that year) and have a few possibilities for earlier census records, but need to have more family information on him before making a guess as to which he really is. 
I have also spoke to Our Lady of Mt Carmel Church in  Granville, NY, which is where Bridget O’Connell (John’s wife is buried). The only other information they have is their son Dennis baptismal information. The only thing they could tell me is that Bridget might have a sister named Catherine, but they are not positive. She was listed on something they have. 
Any suggestions are welcome. 

Update on John and Bridget (Curran) O’Connell

I called Our Lady of Mount Carmel today for my update on their search for my ancestors. So the good news is they found Dennis O’Connell listed in their baptismal book and they will photo copy it and mail it to me. However, they found nothing for marriage records on John and Bridget. The only information she could give me on Bridget Curran is that she was born in 1862 and died in 1895. 

They also found the name Catherine Curran listed which is probably a sister to Bridget. This makes sense because many of the children seemed to have been named after family members. John and Bridget had a daughter named Catherine as well.  I have notated this and will see if I can find Bridget and Catherine in a census as children.

Fred Jaeger and Ella Jonas

Ida Margaret Jaeger

Ambrose (Larry) Lawrence O’Connell

Fred and Ella’s daughter Ida was Ambrose O’Connell’s third wife. Ambrose and Ida are my Grandparents.
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