Happy Birthday Kate!

One hundred fifty-one years ago yesterday, my Irish great grandmother Catherine “Kate” (Myres/Myers) Kieron was born in County Galway, Ireland.

Or at least that’s the date of her birth according to this record I located at FamilySearch.org.

kate-myers-birth-recordAs stated in a previous blog post, there is some discrepancy about her birth date due to the fact that the 1900 U.S. Census record has her born in 1864, the Irish birth record states 1865, and her marriage record in Butte, Montana states 1877.

Clearly I have some additional investigative work to do in order to confirm this record, which is only an index. Ultimately I need to locate the actual record on which this index is based.

But for today, I am happy to simply gaze upon her lovely face – and wish her a happy birthday.

~ Happy Birthday Kate ~


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” . . . 4,000 tons of fine ore on the dump . . .”

A newspaper account of the March 1872 mining activities of David Lyman Blacker and his partner John Keating in Radersburg, Montana.


Helena weekly herald. (Helena, Mont.), 14 March 1872. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress. <http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84036143/1872-03-14/ed-1/seq-7/>




Quartz Mining at Radersburg.

Keating & Blacker are vigorously at work taking out quartz from the Keating and Ohio lodes.  They have nearly 4,000 tons of fine ore on the dump, which will average about $16 per ton.  Their mill has been idle since last fall, but it has been thoroughly repaired and will commence crushing in about two weeks.


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Tack, min svenska kusin!

Thanks to a newly discovered Swedish 3rd cousin, a few more pieces of my family history puzzle are in place.

For the past few weeks, I’ve been hard at work researching my father’s Swedish roots, primarily through the website ArkivDigital.

I really cannot say enough good stuff about this website. Provided you have a location with which to begin your research, the records are amazing. I had heard that Swedish records were some of the best in the genealogy world – and believe me, they are. Earlier this year I also spent some time researching this database and since then, I have identified and downloaded 70 or so records, all relating to my Swedish great grandparents and their ancestors.

Armed with all the new information I’ve obtained, I was able to do additional searching in Ancestry. And a few weeks ago, I noticed there were some Ancestry users from Sweden who had some of the same people in their tree that I have in mine. I contacted several of them – and finally located a Swedish cousin (svenska kusin)!!

My “new” cousin and I have determined that our great great grandfathers Äkers Lars Andersson (1827-1913)1 and Erik Andersson (1837-1919) were brothers.2 They were the sons of Östbors Goth Lars Larsson (1764-1834) and Östbors Margreta Larsdotter (1767-1807). Lars and Margreta had nine children total.

I will share more detailed information later, along with source information. But for now, I wanted to share my excitement over discovering a “new” cousin!

And just one more fun fact before I close this post. Through her research, my cousin learned that Lars was a boat or ship maker in Hudiksvall. In fact, she told me, he was “some kind of boss”.

And she also said that the boats he made were “most certainly” wooden.

Hmmm, I thought. Wooden boat. Why does that sound so familiar?

And then I remembered this photo of my great grandfather, Lars’ son Anders (“Andrew”) Dalin.

And now we know where “Grampa Dalin” learned to make a wooden boat.

  1. My new cousin tells me that the word “Äkers” on the front of Lars‘ name indicates either where he lived or was born, and was a common practice in the county where he was born.
  2. At some point later in their lives, both brothers added new surnames to their original names. Lars added DAHLIN (sometimes spelled DALIN) and Erik added GLAD. I am a descendent of Lars on my father’s side and can confirm that DALIN is the surname that was handed down. I had recently wondered if the DALIN name was what they refer to in Sweden as a “soldier name”. But my cousin confirmed that Lars was not a soldier. However, Lars‘ brother Erik was a soldier and GLAD is a soldier name. Click here for more information on Swedish soldier names.

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On this day in 1890 . . .

. . . my great great grandmother Margaret R. “Rebecca” (Loury) Blacker died in Macomb, McDonough County, Illinois. She died of “old age” and was buried on September 16th in Oakwood Cemetery in Block 2, Lot 50.


I know this information based on the record above, which was obtained from Oakwood Cemetery.1

Here’s what else I learned:

  1. Rebecca had at least three siblings: “Chris, Kate (Smith), Lydia, and “others”.
  2. Her maiden name – which I always thought was LOURY – may have been LOWER.
  3. Her mother’s name was MARY ULLERY.
  4. And my great grandfather David Lyman Blacker (listed above as “David”) was one of 14 children. Wow! Prior to obtaining this record, I only knew about three of those siblings, namely Elizabeth, Sarah and Jacob.

Lots and lots of new information! Sounds great, right? Wrong!

Armed with all this new information, I have searched and searched the names of Rebecca‘s siblings and the children I had never heard of and have come up with – absolutely nothing!  And I really am surprised by that outcome. Especially since I have maiden names for several of the daughters (i.e., Goudy, Mental and Stone).

One thing I have learned over the years, however, is that I have to be patient. I know my efforts and this “great new information” will result in some good stuff one of these days.

In the meantime, since I’m unable to visit the cemetery where Rebecca was buried, I was able to capture some interesting images using Google Earth and Google Maps.

Image from Google Maps, showing grave stones in the distance.


Image using Google Earth showing an aerial view of the cemetery.

And I can also share this wonderful photo of her grave stone, provided by a descendant of Rebecca‘s daughter Elizabeth (Blacker) Pearce.2

Margaret Blacker_tombstone_photo by Wendy Edwards

So ever onward. And here’s hoping for some “good stuff” in the near future!

  1. I’ve written previously about this record here.
  2. This photo and additional information was previously shared here.

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