Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Wordy Wednesday - A Name But Still No Clue

What do you do when you have a name but still have no clue who the person is?

Per the inherited photo album from my Aunt Martha, the man pictured above is William Gaynor and he's one of our cousins.

During my research I've never come across any Gaynors, so I have no clue how he fits in. I'm not even sure where he was born and raised, and I definitely have no clue who his parents were.

Aunt Martha also had pictures of some of Mr. Gaynor's descendants and per conversations with and letters from Aunt Martha during her lifetime, some of the Gaynors settled somewhere in Texas. Yes, when I was a beginning genealogist, I made the cardinal mistake of not being interested in the collateral lines and it's always coming back to haunt me.

Aunt Martha always wanted to know how and where the Gaynors fit it. Perhaps one of these days I can unearth the answer to that question.


  1. Hi Mavis,

    On I located the death certificate of a William Albert Gaynor.

    He was born on Sept. 8, 1885 in Goldsboro, Wayne, North Carolina. He died on May 1, 1966 in Waco, McLennan, Texas

    His father's name is listed as: Bryand Gaynor
    The informant on the record is Hollis B. Gaynor.

  2. Thanks Terrence that just may be him.


Comments posted on Conversations with My Ancestors are moderated and will be approved only if they are on-topic and not abusive.