"I am soooooooooo stuck on my Hanlon line. John & his sister Margaret apparently just showed up one day in the 1850s from somewhere in Ireland. I've even had a male cousin test his dna, I've done my own Family Finder dna test at FamilyTreeDNA.com....but alas, no answers!"
So, in addition to searching for obituaries of Hanlons prior to 1900, I thought, why not look for marriages as well? Today I searched all the Illinois newspapers published by NewspaperArchive.com for my Hanlon family names of James, John, Thomas and Tom, Francis and Frank, Mary, Catherine, Margaret and Ellen. Only one showed up in the search results:
Alton Evening Telegraph | Alton, Illinois |
Tuesday, August 15, 1899 | Page 3
"The marriage of James Hanlon to Miss Julia Long took place in the Cathedral this morning at 5:30 o'clock, Rev. Fr. Cusack performed the ceremondy and officiated at the nuptial mass. There was a alarge attendance of relatives and friends of the young couple at the marriage ceremony.... "