My greatgrandfather was James Gillin who married Elizabeth Fleming. They lived in South Philly and had two sons, Matthew and Peter. My grandfather Peter moved at some point to West Philadelphia and joined the Fire Dept.He married Delia McLaughlin. Matthew had nine sons. A lot of their families are still in the Philly area, but there is little contact with them, especially after my grandmother died. I'm trying to get basic info at least on James and Elizabeth-birthdates,place/country of birth and date of death. I grew up in Delaware County and often heard of "Harry Gillin the painter". Are you part of that family? Have you had any problems with the spelling of the name? I obtained a birth certificate from City Hall that spelled my granfather's name as "Gillen". That only complicates the search. I'd appreciate any help. Good luck with your search. I don't know if there is any coneection between our families or not.