As of late it has become of great importance to me to discover the roots of my family tree, yet my journey will be difficult as I am starting from scratch. I know very little and would love any guidance, as I am the only family member who is interested in pursuing this matter.
I am a descendent of the marriage of Carmel Curley and Robert (?) Nolan who came to Canada from Ireland in the mid 1900's. They had ten children including my mother Celine Nolan who married my father, Richard Cruickshank in 1976.
My grandmother had two sisters that I am aware of, known as Maureen (?) and Eithne Curley, both who have passed on in the last few decades. Neither married but my great- aunt Eithne was working diligently on genealogy research before she died. Unfortunately, I was young and not paying attention when she tried to explain the extensive list that she had created, but I do remember a few tidbits that may be helpful.
I do remember my aunt being excited because she had discovered that at one time we had a male relative in Boston who was involved in politics.
Carmel Curley’s mother was a professional musician (violin or piano) who performed in Europe and did marry to a gentleman named (???) in Ireland.I was often told of how my ancestor’s in Ireland had a small shop that catered to the Queen by providing Irish lace. Grandma did have first cousins from Whales, including Terry and Laurie Smyth who bore 4 children and adopted one girl, who now are retired in Alberta, Canada and I am still in contact with.
On my father’s side, which I know even less about, my grandparents adopted him in the late 1940’s - early 1950’s. Madeline Cruickshank and her husband also adopted his brother who I have lost contact with. We are also related to Alex and Millie Kerr who reside in British Columbia (distant cousins, I think).
This is all that I can scrounge up for the moment but please do not hesitate to contact me or post a message so that I can track any leads that are available. Thank you to all in advance for your assistance and best wishes on your personal journey through time…