My 20th Year Researching My Peeps

NEW: I have deleted a few OLD pages with outdated information that nobody probably saw anyway. I'm also working on updates in the design of and information on the rest of the OLD pages.

NEW: I have added a link above to a new Contact form courtesy of good ol' Google. If you don't want to fill out that short & quick form, just email me at jward52 (at) gmail.com. Please include the surname(s) you are researching.

I continue to work on the redesign of the pages of my genealogy site when possible. Being retired is supposed to be 'easy,' but I'm busier now that it seems I ever have been before. If you have any questions about a particular surname, email me.

Twenty years have passed since I started in genealogy and learning the basics of HTML in order to construct and publish my research. I'm working with a template designed for genealogy so it looks better than the old table-based "stuff" I used years ago. Some pages in this site still have the old design, so plz be patient while I work to update them.

I traveled to Ireland in October 2013, saw some great scenery and had lots of fun driving some 650 miles around the south end of the island on the left side of the road before joining a group in Dublin led by professional genealogist Donna Moughty for eight days of research. Donna specializes in Irish genealogy and I highly recommend her.

Researching your Ireland ancestry is a bit difficult for certain groups, but some think the Four Courts fire in 1922 destroyed "everything." That's not true! Read this: 'All Irish genealogical records were destroyed in the 1922 fire': Myth or fact?

An important aid for your Irish ancestor research is linked here. It has townland, civil and Catholic parish and other databases that provide valuable information, all in one site.

Besides having genealogy for a hobby, I'm also a photographer. You can see my Ireland trip photos by clicking on "Albums" and choosing "Ireland Trip Pix" here.

Note that I have done some of the research on this site but some of it was done by others. I have credited them for their information but may have missed some, so kindly let me know and I will make it right. Anyone with conflicting information is welcome to email me and cite references, etc. It's all about getting it right, hey?

My GEDmatch number is DE4361004 and my FTDNA Kit number is 371374. My tree in both Ancestry and Family Search is public.

Recenty updated pages

New Pages in my site

Ancestors who served in the military. Click the link for a pic.



Jim's Family Photo Album
Photograph of Patrick Ward.
Paternal great-great grandfather Patrick Ward. See my Ward page.
Photograph of Ruth Mary Miller Ward.
Paternal grandmother Ruth Mary Miller Ward at about age 18.
Photograph of Rev. Charles Carroll Miller.
GG-Grandfather Rev. Charles Carroll Miller, grandfather of Grandma Ruth Mary Miller Ward.
Photograph of Frank Richard O'Brien.
Maternal grandfather Frank Richard O'Brien, abt. 1917 in WW1 uniform.
Photograph of Lodema Beach Spencer.
Maternal great grandmother Lodema Beach Spencer.
Photograph of Frank Emmet and Hattie Smith O'Brien.
Maternal great grandparents Frank Emmet and Hattie Smith O'Brien, about 1933.

More Family Photos
Photograph of Evelyn Spencer O'Brien.
Maternal grandmother Evelyn Spencer O'Brien.
Photograph of Spencers.
Lodema Beach Spencer and children.
Photograph of Frank R. O'Brien.
Maternal grandfather Frank R. O'Brien.
Photograph of father Robert H.Ward.
Father Robert H. Ward at 15 months.
Photograph of Daniel Dibble Fenn.
3rd G-Grandfather Daniel Dibble Fenn.
Photograph of Miriam Cross Dyer Miller
2nd G-Grandmother Miriam Cross Dyer Miller.