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Offline kaligirl

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Re: Halpins in Westmeath
« Reply #81 on: Monday 06 May 19 17:21 BST (UK) »
And I GREATLY appreciate your help.

I went back and looked @ the scrapbook and (my) Gma has Patrick and Bridget as Thomas' parents, so I just need to keep digging.
I also plan to research Christopher J. Halpin and Kathrine Corrigan as grandparents as well as Richard G. Heslin and Mary Donnelly.

BTW - I thought you might enjoy a picture of my grandfather and his children sans one. Ida was married and in California. (My dad is the guy with glasses in the center.)


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Re: Halpins in Westmeath
« Reply #82 on: Tuesday 07 May 19 21:21 BST (UK) »
Kaligirl,

Thank you for the picture of your grandfather. Itís nice to put a face to the name.

Iím afraid that I donít know who exactly you mean by Christopher J. Halpin and Richard H. Heslin.

Thomas was Patrickís son. Patrick said he was on the 1901 census form. I have no reason to doubt the man. In the 1911 census form Bridget said that she had nine children, all of whom survived. This made things easy as I knew the number of children to look for, although I did spend some time figuring out that Amice was Catherine.

With the generations of families I have dealt with I am sure that I missed some of the children, it is why I continually go back over my research. You recall that I found one of Patrickís brothers only a few days ago while searching for someone else.

There currently is no sign of a civil record for Thomas. This could be for any number of reasons. However, I am also looking for the civil record for someone who was born in the same area and at the same time as Thomas. There is no civil record of this person at present either. Perhaps there was a mis-transcription of the records for that time and place or perhaps they were overlooked or lost. Perhaps they may yet appear or perhaps they never existed. I believe that there may be a church record for the person but that record is not publicly available, I may get to check eventually. I have on occasion notified errors in transcriptions to the relevant websites, the most recent was just last week.

I started my research in the days when you paid for civil records and the church records were not available on-line, even if you had a computer. It took me some time and some expense to put together my initial research. I learned to be patient and thorough. I find it stunning that a lot of information can now be checked and researched immediately and for free.

My research may not be absolutely correct, I donít think that anyone could say with certainty that theirs is. I would love if someone provided me with proof that I am wrong, it would open up new avenues to explore. I have spent years researching this family, as have others. I am fairly confident of what I have found so far.

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Re: Halpins in Westmeath
« Reply #83 on: Tuesday 07 May 19 22:27 BST (UK) »
Feichen,

I too believe your research is impeccable and really appreciate you leading me to connect the dots.
My thanks again.