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Finding parents' names before listed on DCs

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Finding parents' names before listed on DCs

Posted: 1359898583000
Classification: Query
Surnames: Tompkins, Boylan
Hello,

Does anyone have advice for finding a parental names for a Brooklyn resident who died in 1883?

My Margaret Tompkins Boylan lived from ca 1847-1883 and her parents names are not listed on her DC, as the form didn't required it at the time - it only says that one was born in the US and the other in Ireland.

I know that her maiden name is Tompkins from a lot of birth, marriage and death certificates of her children. I have tried finding a census record for Margaret Tompkins (tried Thompkins too) prior to when she was married in New York (most of the few census records I have indicate she was born in NY, as does her DC but one census says NJ)

I have no idea what church they were married in so I don't know which Church to which to write. Most of my family didn't register civilly until after 1900. I tried the Dioceses for a genealogical search three times in the last 18 months but they never respond to my emails/calls.

I did also visit the grave, but there is no stone. Just a lot of very green grass. Her obit in the paper just says she is the wife of Michael F. Boylan.

Not sure where to turn next. Sorry for the long message.

Christine
Brooklyn, NY
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