Kathleen, I so appreciate your info and advise. I'm not sure I understand everying you are saying. I'm not that strong in knowledge of genealogy searches, but I do understand what you mean about access to birth & death certificates, and obits.
I am at a disadvantage. I am an adoptee. I found my birth mother and this is my birth family. They are working with me, sending me pictures, helping me at times, but we aren't that close and I don't feel comfortable contacting them frequently. I do know this is information they don't have. I don't think Mary Hassett Moore was very well known to the family until I began working on a maternal lineage, since the MEN had already been tracked. <snort> I'm about the women. And I wanted to know who my grandmothers were and what their story is. And they have most graciously allowed me to find them and given me their stories. It's funny because my older sister looks much like Mary & Bessie (other grandmother) and I am very lucky to look like Mary's daughter Catherine (Kitty) Moore McConnell.
But, see, I am not working with a ton of information here. My research and knowledge is from scratch and from Google.
And you have NO IDEA what a blessing it is to know from whence I came. I did my adoptive family's trees. It was/is fun, interesting, but it's cold. I don't feel a part. They are 3/4 German and I have 0% German blood, not on my maternal side of the family. Mother's father's family was 100% pure British until my grandfather married my grandmother, Mary Hassett Moore's granddaughter. I still wonder if they stayed purely British on purposed. In this day of ethnic identities, growing up in a school which was primarily Jewish and they with a very strong ethnic identity, I always resented that I had no ethnic identification. What a blessing this has been. Essentially my husband and I have been coworkers of family members for decades and didn't know it.
I'll keep looking and get on ordering those birth certificates. Where is Hugh's birth certificate to be ordered from, Ireland? Do I send American dollars or should it be converted? Or can I do this online? Sorry, I'm clueless. Thank you!
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