One of the many resources that I have come to rely on is FamilySearch.org. Last night, I was checking the hints on the FamilySearch app and came across a hint involving Michael, Catherine, and William. It came from the Kentucky Births and Christenings, 1838-1960 database.
I see several things wrong with this record.
1.) Michael and William’s last name is spelled as McCommock instead of either McCormick or McCormack.
2.) Catherine’s name is spelled as Cate. I have seen Kate before but not Cate. Those are relatively minor with the last name spelling of Michael and William being a tad greater than the spelling of his mother’s first name.
3.) The big thing for me is the alleged birthplace of William. On this record, it states that William was born on 9 Jul 1853 (which matches everything else I have) in Mercer (County), Kentucky. I have at least two records stating that William (my great-grandfather) was born and baptized in Kilkenny, Ireland. I have a marriage record showing that Michael and Catherine were married 26 Sep 1853 in Kilkenny. I also have an immigration or ship’s manifest that mentions Michael and Catherine and also says that there is an infant (William) with them. It is dated 5 Oct 1853 leaving from Liverpool, England and arriving in New Orleans, Louisiana on 21 Nov 1853.
While I was on the FamilySearch website, I was asked if this record was a match. I said no for many of the reasons that I stated above. I also said that if this record was for William’s Christening, it would change things for me. I don’t know if I would say that this record would be a match or not.
The one big thing that I can take away from this record if all the people involved are “my” people, is that it would tend to confirm that Michael, Catherine, and William stopped in (Mercer County,) Kentucky. What is important about this is that family lore says that those three stopped in (Harrodsburg or) Kentucky to visit Catherine’s brother. This record would tend to confirm that story. What I have to do now is find a record that I can look at that show the same information I found on this record.
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