Sunday, July 14, 2013

Proof Positive...

It's been quite a week for my tree.  We've actually received the information on my  grandfather's sister, the Franciscan nun.  In the archival record we received from the order, she was born Helen Patricia McCann, daughter of James McCann and Mary Peyton. 

I can't tell you how happy i was to see those two names.  I finally have the proof that i have the right family in my tree.  As I never had my grandfather's death certificate, i could never verify 100% that I had his correct parents listed....up until now that is. 

While there are still questions surrounding Sister Marian, my lengthiest mystery has now come to a close. With James and Mary confirmed as their parents, i can breathe easier, secure in the knowledge that my work has been verified.

Evidence in genealogical records can be hard to come by as we all know.  Proving each member of your tree can be a mind-numbing experience.  The reward, however, is well worth the effort.


  1. I think I remember my grandfather (Pat) always calling her Sister Patricia. I also remember meeting her when this picture was taken!

    Karen McCann (now Vizzi)