I live 4,000 kilometers away from where I need to do most of my genealogy research and because of that, I rely heavily on what I can locate online.
I often go back to a web site and redo searches, try new variations in the hopes that I will come across something new.
Yesterday I searched the newspapers (again) at the Quebec Archives site BAnQ and had success.
The first article was a death announcement for Caroline (Jeffrey) MacKay. Caroline was the daughter of Robert Jeffery and Elizabeth Tipper. She was married twice, her first marriage was to Frederick Yates / Yeates in 1841. By 1851 they had buried two children and Caroline was a widow. She married a second time to James MacKay in Montreal in 1851. By Caroline’s death in 1885 at the age of 63 she had buried two more children. The only mention in the newspaper of all these tragedies was little notice in the Quebec Morning Chronicle & Commercial & Shipping Gazette in May 1885 of Caroline’s passing.
My favorite find was the notice of death of John Tipper. I had been searching for what happened to John for years. What I knew was that he was born in 1803 in Kingston, Ontario to John Tipper & Gertrude Cudlipp. John’s mom Gertrude had died in 1805, John’s father was a soldier with the Royal Artillery had gone blind and had been put to pension. John Tipper Jr. married Catherine Unkles Taylor in Quebec City in 1839, he was a butcher by trade and had one son that survived childhood. His wife Catherine and son end up in New Jersey with no trace of the father. I always wondered what happened to him, and now I know. On August 10, 1849 John died in Quebec. I have yet to find the record in a church for his death or a burial location, but at least I know have a date to work with.
One little line with no details other than his age, death date, and occupation, but I was so happy to find this notice yesterday! I did spend some time looking through the church records on Ancestry but so far have not found his death entry. To date I have not found the burial location in Quebec City for John’s parents, some of his siblings and their children, it has been frustrating not knowing where this family is buried. I keep hoping to find one death record that mentions where their final resting place is.
One other small notice that made the paper is John Tipper Jr.’s son, again John Tipper traveling to Richelieu, PQ from New Jersey in 1887.
The hunt for the Tipper family continues!
Patricia – It’s so great that you were able to find those articles on-line. BAnQ is not so easy to navigate but it has a treasure trove of information for genealogists researching in Quebec!
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It seems every time I research I find something new. I think it is likely I am searching a new way each time but am happy with the success.
Whoohooo for you!
I just went back there yesterday too, and they must have added more papers because I found more about a couple of my ancestors. Not just their death, but exactly when one sold his farm and moved in to town! I’ll try a different family today.
More and more are coming online, not just in newspapers but other records too so always worth a second or third look!
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Newspapers are such a fantastic resource! Best of luck in your hunt today!