What to do when really stuck?

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I am stuck on both side of parent's direct ancestry ... one one side Hugh Brown - Ayreshire, Scotland (b. 1743) and other side James Cavanagh (b.1780 Manchester, England?) ... welcome any ideas of what to try when one gets stuck like this!  I am on MyHeritage and have done well to go back with non direct ancestors but really trying to breakthrough with the direct lineage!  Thanks for any ideas!?! Cheers, Ian
in Genealogy Help by Ian Cavanagh G2G Crew (370 points)

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Hi Ian found a marriage for a James Cavanagh he married a Jane Curry 9th June 1802. Also a death for 1849 Manchester. But cannot find birth in England, I have found some from Ireland.Also found a Hugh Brown on Scottish Select records born 23rd Aug 1747 father Gilbert.
by Alan Channon G2G6 Mach 1 (11.0k points)
edited by Alan Channon
Hey Alan,

Please remove your email address from the post. This is a good way to attract spam mail.  If you want to send your email to someone send it in a PM.
I was going to suggest that you try appealing for help, just as you did Ian. Hope Allen's leads pan out. What I do too, is look for more general information elsewhere, such as looking up origins of the last name. My curiosity bore fruit when I gathered much information about the clan, where the name was most common, and I even found where the Ancestral seat of the clan was. It still bears the name Ballymacarney and is just outside Dublin city limits. And when I found out where the emmigrants to Canada had come from, I was "gob-smacked" The Carneys came over from Clondalkin, not far from Ballymacarney at call. The Cavanaghs had come from Carlow, just 50 miles south of Dublin. Both families gravitated to Goderich Ontario, which is very near to some towns with Irish names, like "Carlow, Killarney, Lucan " and others. Seems that people went where there might be some familiar names or even faces from home. Many rejoined relatives in the new land. Study some history too. There was always " context" for immigration, esp. in Ireland, Scotland, etc.
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Have you tried www.famiysearch.com for more information. They have a good bit of information.

by Chris Keener G2G2 (2.4k points)
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Hugh Brown

mentioned in the record of William Brown

Name Hugh Brown
gender Male
Wife Mary Ross
Son William Brown

Other information in the record of William Brown

from Scotland Births and Baptisms

Name William Brown
Gender Male
Christening Date 21 Jan 1759
Christening Place , OLD CUMNOCK, AYR, SCOTLAND
Father's Name Hugh Brown
Mother's Name Mary Ross
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Scotland Births and Baptisms, 1564-1950

Indexing Project (Batch) Number C11610-2
System Origin Scotland-VR
GS Film number 1041402
Reference ID 2:16H7J75

Citing this Record

"Scotland Births and Baptisms, 1564-1950," database, FamilySearch(https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XTKD-388 : 10 February 2018), Hugh Brown in entry for William Brown, ; citing Old Cumnock, Ayrshire, Scotland, reference 2:16H7J75, index based upon data collected by the Genealogical Society of Utah, Salt Lake City; FHL microfilm 1,041,402.

by Frank Gill G2G Astronaut (2.2m points)
+2 votes

Hugh Brown

Scotland Births and Baptisms

Name Hugh Brown
gender Male
Wife Mary Ross
Son Hugh Brown

Other information in the record of Hugh Brown

from Scotland Births and Baptisms

Name Hugh Brown
Gender Male
Christening Date 22 Nov 1770
Christening Place , OLD CUMNOCK, AYR, SCOTLAND
Birth Date 16 Nov 1770
Father's Name Hugh Brown
Mother's Name Mary Ross
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Scotland Births and Baptisms, 1564-1950

Indexing Project (Batch) Number C11610-2
System Origin Scotland-VR
GS Film number 1041402
Reference ID 2:16H7VGB

Citing this Record

"Scotland Births and Baptisms, 1564-1950," database, FamilySearch(https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XTKD-4NG : 10 February 2018), Hugh Brown in entry for Hugh Brown, 16 Nov 1770; citing , reference 2:16H7VGB, index based upon data collected by the Genealogical Society of Utah, Salt Lake City; FHL microfilm 

by Frank Gill G2G Astronaut (2.2m points)
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Hi Ian,

Welcome to wikitree! I had a quick look at what you've added so far, great start :-)

You could start your wikitree journey by adding the lines you mention? This would hugely help us with with helping you!  Armed with what you know so far wikitree helpers can be so much more use! I'm from near Manchester, England so I had a quick look for you, but without knowing James Cavanaghs' child that you are descended from I'm not too sure which sources I've found to post for you, or what you already know!

Feel free to PM me if you need any specific help with the North West of England :-) or you can PM one of the greeters that added welcome messages to your page!

Lizzie
by Lizzie Griffiths G2G6 Pilot (114k points)

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