All families have ancestors who did good before leaving this earth. They should be remembered and applauded. There are of course, deceased relatives for reasons only known to them, did not do much good in life, causing family wounds that may not heal. I advise anyone looking into their ancestry, to prepare for the following:…Continue Reading “Reopening Old Family Wounds”

Coyles Of Kilsyth

Unlike my Father and his family, my Mother and her sisters often discussed family history.   As a young boy I listened their stories about my Grandfather Patrick Coyle’s relatives : The Coyles of Kilsyth. I remember visiting people in Kilsyth in the late 1980s and early 1990s.  At the time it never registered those people…Continue Reading “The Coyles Of Kilsyth – Part One”

Ancestors In Old Newspaper Articles

As a family history addict, I am always looking to find new sources of records to add more flesh to the bones of my ancestors.  Searching old newspaper archives is key to doing this.  I am finding my ancestors in old newspaper articles. My Grandfather Thomas Sherry‘s cousin Michael Sherry (1898-1967) features in lots of…Continue Reading “Finding My Ancestors In Old Newspaper Articles”

Patrick Coyle 1905-1985

During early to mid 1980s, Mum and I always visited 14 Strathord Street, Sandyhills, Glasgow. The home of my Grandparents Patrick Coyle and Christina Toll. My Grandmother Christina Toll/Toal (1910-1991) sat at one end of the living room. Frail but sound in mind with a typical Glaswegian sense of humour. At the other end of…Continue Reading “Patrick Coyle 1905-1985: The Hard Man From Kilsyth”