I Found Him!

Holy crap – I still have this blog. Big news in my genealogy life: I found my 2nd great grandfather, Anthony Maguire! Or, Anthony McGuire, rather. I probably could’ve found him a lot earlier, had I just gotten off my butt and taken a trip out to Sibley County to search their records. Instead, a friend and I had a genealogy weekend, organizing and researching, and this is how I found him. The plan was to spend the first part organizing our electronic files, and the second part would be research. To prepare for our weekend, I picked up a couple of genealogy/ancestry magazines. One of them was Family Tree Magazine – I bought it because this particular issue had lots of information about organizing your research, which we both very much needed. A little blurb in this issue pointed me to Chronicling America, where I could search old newspapers. The luck ‘o’ the Irish must have been shining upon me – because the first result for my first search of “Anthony McGuire” brought me straight to his death notice! After years of (lazy, not very exhaustive) searching, he just fell into my lap, like that.

St. Paul Daily Globe, Dec. 2nd 1882
“Anthony McGuire, of Green Isle, Sibley County, fell dead the other day while cutting wood at his door.”

First thing Monday morning, I called Sibley County to see if they had his death record. They did, and I ordered it as soon as I could. It arrived in the mail on my birthday. (Yeah, a morbid birthday gift, but I can’t be the only genealogy nerd that would get so excited about this kind of thing, right?). From his death certificate, I could gather the following new information:

Death Date: 27 Nov 1882
Occupation: Saloon Keeper
Father’s Name: Patrick McGuire
Mother’s Name: Mary
Age: 42 years 3 months

A few thoughts:

  • I have no idea if his parents came to the United States or stayed in Ireland.
  • I have no idea if he had siblings.
  • I still have no idea where in Ireland he came from. Since his death record didn’t tell me, I think I will have to start investigating all 13 of his children. Thank you, Anthony, for heavily reproducing. I hope one of your offspring can give me some clues about you.
  • This was the first I had seen anything about him being a Saloon Keeper. Censuses have told me that he was a farmer. Did he switch sometime between the 1880 census, and his death in 1882?
  • Perhaps I could still find a more detailed obituary?
  • Death record and newspaper clipping spelled the name McGuire instead of Maguire. Census records (which are unreliable for correct spellings anyway) are split both ways. Marriage record to Bridget: Maguire. Land record: Maguire. Which is it – Mc or Ma?
  • I don’t know where he is buried, so I’d like to research that. Maybe he’s buried next to other family members?
  • I’d like to find an obituary in one of the local Sibley County newspapers.
  • Mother’s maiden name?
  • Where in Ireland did he come from?