Can I find Dennis Buggy’s exact place of birth in ten weeks, before my friend travels to Ireland? Yes! Each post presents my research process, the records found, and an analysis of the information they offer. A thorough search in U. S. and Irish records reveals Dennis Buggy's birthplace down to a house on a map.
Friday, March 29, 2013
7. A Birthdate in Dennis Buggy's Death Certificate
Dennis Buggy’s 1915 death certificate provides the following
information about his birth:
Full Name: Dennis Buggy
Date of Birth: June
Name of Father: Not Known
Birthplace of Father: Ireland
Maiden name of Mother: Not Known
Birthplace of Mother: Ireland
Informant: Richard Buggy
This document confirmsthe birthdate of June 1830 from the 1900
census. It was not created at or near the time
of Dennis Buggy’s birth by a person in a position to know the information
firsthand, so its reliability depends on the informant. It contradicts the Phelan book’s 1833
The certificate gives Dennis’ date of death as May 20, 1915,
and his age as 84 years, 11 months, 22 days. This calculates
to a birthdate of 28 May 1830. The discrepancy could result from faulty calculation, either at the time of death or with present electronic tools.
It’s important to notice that the person who gave the
information about Dennis Buggy was his son Richard, with whom he had lived the
whole of his son’s life. Richard
probably knew the date his father celebrated his birthday, and he probably knew
how old he thought he was. The
lack of information he was able to give about his grandparents may be
attributed to the stress of his father’s death. Surely he knew that he had been named after his
Dennis Buggy’s death certificate gives a full date for his
birth, a specific date to work with when researching in Irish records. It is only as reliable as Dennis’ and
his son’s memories, but it’s a help.
Next Time: Clues in More Original Death Records
Microfilm of Freshford parish registers (ordered 21 March 2013)
Microfilm of Naugatuck town records (ordered 26 March 2013)
Response from Archdiocese of Hartford Archives (letter sent 25 March 2013)
Department of Health, death certificate 3719 (1915), Dennis Buggy; Office of Vital Records, Saint Paul.
U. S. Census, Faribault County, Minnesota, population schedule, Pilot Grove, ED
90, sheet 8 (penned), dwelling 140, family 141, Dennis Buggy household; digital
image, Ancestry.com; NA microfilm T623, roll 763; FHL microfilm 1,240,763.