Dead end. Looking for Edward McDonald /dob 1851 Born NY, Kings county. Please

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Hi, Looking for my gg Grandfather Edward McDonald. Dob/ 1851 born Kings county New York . Thank you. Ms McDonald
in Genealogy Help by Anonymous McDonald G2G Rookie (250 points)

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Edward McDonald

 in the 1860 United States Federal Census

Name: Edward McDonald
Age: 9
Birth Year: abt 1851
Gender: Male
Birth Place: New York
Home in 1860: Brooklyn Ward 2 District 1, Kings, New York
Post Office: Brooklyn
Dwelling Number: 224
Family Number: 622
Attended School: Yes
Household Members:
Name Age
Edward McDonald 40
Mary McDonald 30
Edward McDonald 9
Dennis McDonald 4

Source Citation

Year: 1860; Census Place: Brooklyn Ward 2 District 1, Kings, New York; Roll: M653_763; Page: 251; Family History Library Film: 803763

Source Information 1860 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2009. Images reproduced by FamilySearch.

by Patricia Stockley G2G6 Pilot (123k points)
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From what I'm seeing online, sources seem to indicate your great grandfather's father was actually not an Edward. But let's walk through this and either prove or disprove it.

His registration for the World War II draft confirms his birth date and gives his wife's name as Sarah. This is confirmed in your grandfather Raymond's birth record, where his mother's name is given as Sarah Owen. In 1900 he, his wife, and his eldest two children were living in Brooklyn, and we know this from the 1900 census. It says both of his parents were born in New York in this census.

From his birthday and birthplace, we have this transcription of his birth record... you could order the actual certificate from New York City's department of vital records. Parents are given as Edward F. McDonald and Bridget Fanning, and he was born in Manhattan, not Brooklyn.

From here, we can get Edward and Bridget's marriage record. They married in Manhattan on April 3, 1877. Edward's parents' names were Edward McDonald and Margaret Colgan, and Edward was born in New York around 1855. His wife, Bridget, she was born in Ireland around 1856 and her parents were Andrew Fanning and Margaret Brennan. These birth years and places are according to the document, which means they can be inaccurate.

Yes, your great great grandfather is an Edward, and now there are sources to back it up. Make sure to add these, if you think they're right after looking them over, to your ancestors' profiles! Sourcing information is very important on WikiTree and in general, otherwise, there will be more profiles out there on places like... say... Ancestry... that think your great great grandfather's name is William or Andrew.

by G. Borrero G2G6 Pilot (101k points)
edited by G. Borrero
Thank you, Thank you. This clears up a lot. Why couldn't I see this?

I know now where two of my sister get their names from. Mary & Bridget.

Ms Carolyn McDonald.


I have a sister that was adopted. We found each other This past June 2017, Same mother.She is 70 yrs old I am 67 yrs old. We dont have any Idea who her father was. We both have gedmatch numbers. This is my next job. If I cant get any where can I call on you again?
I can try to help, but no promises I'll be of much any use. Make sure you put all this information into WikiTree, too... keeping track of things is much easier when you keep records.
Hi, I am sorry its taken me a bit to get back to you. Working a lot.

What should I give you? Here are our gedmatch numbers A046936 & M144907. We have the same mother. Which was Jean Kelly married McDonald

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