Sunday afternoon Genealogy Fun

Sunday afternoon genealogy fun – Semi-random Online Search

Each week on Randy Seaver’s Genea-musings blog he has a post for Saturday night Genealogy fun.  Because of the time difference, I have called my series Sunday Afternoon Genealogy Fun. This week the mission was 4th of July Memories.  Since I’m Australian, I don’t have any 4th of July memories, so I decided to do my post this week using an old mission.  I chose the mission from 17 January 2015 http://www.geneamusings.com/2015/01/saturday-night-genealogy-fun-do-some.html

Your mission, should you decide to accept it (cue the Mission Impossible! music) is to:

1) We’re going to do a little bit of Semi-Random Online Research tonight…

2)  Go to your family tree database of choice (you know, like RootsMagic, Reunion, Ancestry Member Tree), and determine who the very first person on your list of E surnames is.  Or the first person on your list of I surnames.  Or Q surnames.  Or any other name you need to research.  Your choice!


3)  What do you know (or not know) about this person based on your research?  It’s OK to do more research if you need to – in fact, it’s encouraged!


4)  How are you related to this person, and why is s/he in your family tree?


2) The first person on my list of E Surnames was Robert Liddle Eadie.

3) Robert was born 1 February 1871 in Prescott, Ontario, Canada

Robert Little Edie birth
Ontario, Canada Births, 1869-1913 database & images, ancestry.com.au, ancestry.com.au, http://www.ancestry.com.au/, 2006-2015, Archives of Ontario Microfilm: Series MS929 Reel 5. Entry for Robert Little Edie

He married Susannah Lola (known as Lola) McPhee on 28 Jun 1911 at Carleton, Ontario, Canada.

Eadie-McPhee marriage
Ontario, Canada Marriages, 1801-1928, database & images, ancestry.com.au, ancestry.com.au, http://www.ancestry.com.au/, 2006-2015, Archives of Ontario Microfilm: MS932 Reel 157
Entry for Robert Liddle Eadie & Lola McPhee.

When I first found the information about Robert, these collections were indexes only.  It was only when looking for more information about Robert that I found that the images have now been added.

Although I didn’t have a date of death for him in the tree I share online, I have another tree that has more information.  In this tree, I found the following death details for him: Died 3 October 1945 at Vars, Ontario, Canada.

There was no source attached to these details in my tree, but I believe the information came from the a.23238 database at Rootsweb World Connect http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?db=:a23238.  Much of my research on the Marshall family in Canada and the United States has been to confirm the information I found in this family tree.

Since I hasn’t yet confirmed these death details, I decided to do some more research at ancestry, and found a Public Member Tree which included a photo of the gravestone for Robert and Lola at http://trees.ancestry.com.au/tree/15929380/person/1465681196/media/c843d44a-951f-4270-adc6-016b60fcb552?pg=32768&pgpl=pid.  The gravestone showed:

Robert L. Eadie 1871-1945

His wife Lola S. McPhee 1891-1947.

The website also included the note:

This Cemetery is on the west side of North Russell Road between Route 100 and Route 200 in Russell Township, Russell County, Ontario.

I was also able to find the gravestone at Canadian Headstones.com http://canadianheadstones.com/on/view.php?id=183943 .  This entry also included the name of the cemetery – North Russell Union ++ Cemetery, the district – Prescott & Russell Co./Reg./Dist., Ontario, and that it was –  Contributed on 12/8/11 by seibelce [at] gmail [dot] com

The next step was to trace Robert on the Canadian Census records.  I found entries that appear to be Robert on the 1881 and 1891 census collections at ancestry.com.au

1881 – Robert R. Eadie, born 1871 in Ontario, residence Russell, Russell, Ontario, in the household of William and Sarah Eadie. 1
1891 – Robert Eadie, born abt. 1872 in Ontario, residence Russell, Russell, Ontario, in the household of William and Sarah Eadie. 2

1901 –  I was unable to find Robert on the 1901 census under the surname Eadie (including using soundex, sounds like and similar), so I decided to try without a surname and found a Robert Eader born 11 Jan 1874 in Ontario with wife Robina.  Although the date of birth doesn’t match, there is a marriage entry for Robert Liddell Eadie and Robena N Armstrong on 19 October 1899.  His parents were listed on this marriage record as William Eady and Sarah Murphy, the same as on his birth certificate3.

1911 – On the 1911 Census I found a Robert G Eady, single, born January 1874, residing in Cumberland Township Vars Village 4. These birth details match up with the birth date on the 1901 census, but it is not yet certain these 2 entries are for our Robert.

4) Robert’s wife Lola McPhee was the daughter of Lavinia Marshall, who was the daughter of George Marshall and Susanna James.  My husband is the 2x great grandson of George’s sister Anne Marshall.  Anne was married to George William Willis.  This person is in my tree because my interest in genealogy began when I was given a family history about the Willis and Marshall families.   Although Susannah and Robert weren’t included in that family history, I came across their entries in the database mentioned above, when I was looking for more information on these families in Canada and the United States.

Sources of information
1 Ancestry.com and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. 1881 Census of Canada [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2009.Original data: Canada. “Census of Canada, 1881.” Statistics Canada Fonds, Record Group 31-C-1. LAC microfilm C-13162 to C-13286. Library and Archives Canada, Ottawa. http://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/census/1881/Pages/about-census.aspxl.Year: 1881; Census Place: Russell, Russell, Ontario; Roll: C_13229; Page: 52; Family No: 197

2 Ancestry.com. 1891 Census of Canada [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2008. Original data: Library and Archives Canada. Census of Canada, 1891. Ottawa, Ontario, Canada: Library and Archives Canada, 2009. http://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/census/1891/Pages/about-census.aspx. Series RG31-C-1. Statistics Canada Fonds. Microfilm reels: T-6290 to T-6427.Year: 1891; Census Place: Russell, Russell, Ontario; Roll: T-6367; Family No: 160

3 Ancestry.com. 1901 Census of Canada [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2006.

Original data: Library and Archives Canada. Census of Canada, 1901. Ottawa, Ontario, Canada: Library and Archives Canada, 2004. http://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/census/1901/Pages/about-census.aspxl. Series RG31-C-1. Statistics Canada Fonds. Microfilm reels: T-6428 to T-6556. Year: 1901; Census Place: Gloucester, Russell, Ontario; Page: 5; Family No: 47

4 Ancestry.com. 1911 Census of Canada [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2006.

Original data: Library and Archives Canada. Census of Canada, 1911. Ottawa, Ontario, Canada: Library and Archives Canada, 2007. http://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/census/1911/Pages/about-census.aspx. Series RG31-C-1. Statistics Canada Fonds. Microfilm reels T-20326 to T-20460.Year: 1911; Census Place: 22 – Cumberland Township, Vars Village, Russell, Ontario; Page: 15; Family No:165

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