Thursday, March 28, 2013

Using Social Networking to Find Long, Lost Uncle Fred

As I continue to search for dear long, lost Uncle Fred, I've decided to embrace the social networking websites and use them to my advantage. I have set up both a Facebook page and Twitter account dedicated to finding the man.

Here is the Facebook page, Help Me Find My Long, Lost Uncle Fred. Please like it, share it, and help spread the word.



And here is the Twitter account, @HelpMeFindFred.



If anyone has any suggestions as to other social networking websites I should use, or hashtags I should use on Twitter related to the search, please let me know.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

An Old Photo of Harvey D. Monroe

Back in October of 2012, a cousin of mine gave me some copies of some old photos she has, one of which I posted the other day. This is another one she had. It is of my great great grandfather, Harvey Dennis Monroe, husband of Olive Feener. The date of the photo is unknown. I presume the location of this photo to be Massachusetts, probably in Brockton on the outside of his home. Harvey died Jan. 8, 1948.

Harvey Dennis Monroe


Copyright © 2012, David J. McRae

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Mrs. Eva M. Guyette

On Wednesday, December 16th, 1964, Eva May Guyette (née Lozo) passed away unexpectedly at her home in Brockton, Mass. She was the widow of the late John George Baptiste Guyette (my great-great grandmother's brother), a Brockton police officer shot and killed on November 29th, 1919. The funeral was held on Saturday, December 19th at the Grenier Funeral Home in Brockton, followed by a High Mass of Requiem at Sacred Heart Church. Interment was in Calvary Cemetery in Brockton.

Thursday, December 17, 1964Brockton Daily Enterprise - Page Thirty-One

Thursday, December 17, 1964Brockton Daily Enterprise - Page Thirty-One


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An Old Photo of Hattie & Olive Feener

This is a photo given to me back in October of 2012 by my great-grandmother's niece. The photo is of my great-great grandmother, Olive (Feener) Monroe, and her sister, Hattie (Feener) Lowe. The date of this photograph is unknown.

Hattie (Feener) Lowe (Seated) and Olive (Feener) Monroe (Standing).


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Long Lost Uncle Fred's Birth Certificate FOUND!

Yesterday was a very productive day, research-wise. And the best part of it was when I went to Brockton City Hall. I had at least figured out a birth year for Fred (1946) and so I thought I'd go to Brockton City Hall to see if I could maybe find his birth certificate. I didn't have my hopes up because I wasn't quite sure if Fred was even born in Brockton. Plus, I wasn't sure if the clerk would even look since I didn't have a specific date. But lo and behold, she did look and he was born there!

So for $20, I now have a certified copy of my long, lost uncle Fred's birth certificate. And I now know that his birth name was Frederick Chester McRae and that he was born on Oct. 2, 1946 in Brockton, Massachusetts.



Copyright © 2012, David J. McRae

Sunday, March 17, 2013

St. Patrick's Day: My Irish Heritage

In honor of St. Patrick's Day, I thought I would do a post outlining my Irish Heritage. The names in bold are the ones who were born in Ireland.


Mother's Side: 

Patrick McGinn m. Mary McCarr
...James McGinn m. Rachel Ellsworth
......Sarah J. McGinn m. Frederick Joseph Meagher
.........Frederick James Meagher m. Edna Agnes Benoit
............Helen Patricia Meagher m. David Warren Anderson
...............Cheryl Lynne Anderson m. David James McRae, Sr.
..................David James McRae, Jr.


Father's Side:

William Dobson m. Elizabeth Hare
...Sarah Dobson m. William Curran
......Agnes Curran m. Joseph Wild
.........Agnes Ethel Wild m. Stanley Cockayne
............Ruth Agnes Cockayne m. Clayton Frederick McRae
...............David James McRae, Sr. m. Cheryl Lynne Anderson
..................David James McRae, Jr.

John Miller m. Martha Gambel
...Margaret Miller m. John Curran
......William Curran m. Sarah Dobson
.........Agnes Curran m. Joseph Wild
............Agnes Ethel Wild m. Stanley Cockayne
...............Ruth Agnes Cockayne m. Clayton Frederick McRae
..................David James McRae, Sr. m. Cheryl Lynne Anderson
.....................David James McRae, Jr.

Bridget Theresa Kane m. James R. McRae
...Frederick Joseph McRae m. Maude M. Monroe
......Clayton Frederick McRae m. Ruth Agnes Cockayne
.........David James McRae, Sr. m. Cheryl Lynne Anderson
............David James McRae, Jr.


Copyright © 2012, David J. McRae