I have a bit of a "challenge" for those of you that consider yourself a genealogy expert.
My Great-Great Grandfather is Edward Henry Hagerty, born 9 May, 1867 and died 7 April, 1947. I have Edward Henry Hagerty's death certificate and it lists his father's name as James, born in Canada. For the mother's information name is "unknown" and birth place is listed as Ireland.
I then ordered the birth records for Edward Henry Hagerty, now that I had another bit of information (his father's name) thinking that I would then be able to find out his mother's name and how old both of his parents were when he was born . . . which would then give me a date to focus in on to find more information about THEM. Well, I got a call from the State of Michigan yesterday and they do not have a record for an Edward Henry Hagerty born in 1867. So that either means Edward was NOT born in Detroit or it could mean his birth was just not recorded . . . I saw on a message board that 1867 was the year that Michigan first began to require births to be documented/recorded so Edward could have "slipped through the cracks" on that one.
So my question is this . . . do you see this as a "dead end" for me? Do you think that there are any other options for finding more information on generations BEFORE Edward Henry Hagerty?