So I logged in to my various news readers and social networks today getting ready to write about something I noticed in the 1865 New York state census (which I still plan to post, just not today), and I saw a news release announcing a “new” site called Fold3. Actually, it’s not a new site, but a rebranding of a site that many genealogists have come to know well, Footnote.
In my current work assignment, I have the opportunity to listen to quite a lot of audio as I edit photographs for an online retailer. One of the podcast episodes I listened to this week, although not specifically about family history or genealogy research, should be required listening for every genealogist that is working to create a narrative document for future generations. The show was Stuff You Missed In History Class and the episode (get the mp3) was the second part of an interview with multiple Pulitzer Prize winning history author David McCullough.
So I did a little more digging around to see what other records I could find on Francis Lamb and Anne Quinn and family today. I came across the family listed in the 1850 U.S. census as well, without any Thorntons in the same household. However, there were Thorntons elsewhere in the building in 1850…
So I know that my Lamb ancestry traces through New York City, specifically Harlem, back to Ireland. The family legend is that my ancestors emigrated during the great potato famine. The 1860 U.S. census for New York supports all of this, but adds a mystery that I have yet to solve.