Genetic genealogy is a tool that I'm using more and more in my family history research. Last August, "ER" reported as a match to me and other "Cahill/Dunn cousins" at AncestryDNA. ER's predicted relationship to me was 4th cousin ie predicted that we shared 3rd great-grandparents. I messaged "ER" a number of times but, as is too often the case, no response. "ER" did have a small tree and, when all else fails, you use what's there, build a tree and see where it takes you!
|ER's tree on ancestry.com.au|
|Thomas John Carroll in PaulV_AUS's tree|
|An incorrect and correct birth registration|
While I'm still researching the family of Thomas and Emily, I'm reasonably confident that they had 12 children. One child, Thomas J, died as a child and another, James F, died as a infant. To this point, I've been unable to locate a birth, marriage or death registration for Elizabeth. She's mentioned in a newspaper article written after the death of Emily, her mother, in 1951.
"ER" is the only DNA match from a descendant of Thomas and Emily that we know of at present. She's a great-granddaughter of Thomas and Emily - my 3rd cousin.
Thomas died on 25 March 1931 at the State Hospital and Home in Lidcombe, NSW. The informant on his death registration is Albert Lord who was the senior clerk at the hospital. As is often the case in such situation, the information is "patchy". Thomas's age has been altered from 74 to 67 - he was 64. He's shown as born at West Maitland to Joseph Cahill and (unnamed) Dunn. His wife is shown as Emily Williams but there's only one child of the marriage recorded - George aged 33. Thomas is buried Rookwood Catholic Cemetery.
There's still more of the story of Thomas and his family to be uncovered but it's good to have reunited him with his birth family.