Sunday, August 23, 2020

Who Were the Three Sons of Thomas Arthur Larkin

In the obituary of Thomas Arthur Larkin, he is listed as having three sons. However, my Great Grandma Irene only ever mentioned one, named Jimmy! So who were these three sons?? My mom and I were never sure. After many years have gone by, I found a death record for John Patrick Larkin. Below is the top portion of that death record.

By doing some research on FamilySearch, I was able to solve the mystery. John Patrick Larkin was the son of Thomas Arthur Larkin and his second wife Opal.

James Larkin, the nephew of whom Gram Irene spoke of, was the son of  Thomas Arthur Larkin and his first wife Audrey.

Russell, was the son of Opal Larkin from a previous marriage, but the Uncle Art's obituary listed him as a son and not a stepson.

John Patrick Larkin was just an infant when his father died, and I think after the death of Thomas Arthur Larkin, my great grandma lost track of the family.

Though Mom and Gram Irene are gone now, it is wonderful to have the mystery solved!!

Below is some family information about Thomas Arthur Larkin from


Clip art images at top courtesy

Tuesday, August 11, 2020

MIchigan Obituaries available at FamilySearch

A database that is very helpful to researchers with ancestors in Michigan is
"Michigan Obituaries, 1820-2006," available online at This database features obituaries from several different libraries and repositories in Michigan. Some were  on 3 x 5 note cards originally, and some are newspaper clippings. If you have Michigan ancestors, be sure to check it out!

On this note card about Rachel Parker, there is a great deal of family history information provided.

William E. Sloane was once a protege of Alexander Graham Bell. He died in a grade crossing accident in 1935.

Check out this database, and hundreds of  others, available at

Saturday, August 8, 2020

One of Mom's Favorite Quotes

Inside one of my Mom's family history notebooks is this quote:

"To live in the hearts we leave behind is not to die."

My mom, Joyce Parker Orshoski, is in the picture at the left, at her great grandfather's house on Shelby Street in the 1940s.  She always told me she heard that quote in the pilot of the Waltons, but I found it attributed to Thomas Campbell. Mom loved family history, and we often visited cemeteries and had talks about our ancestors, and what life was like in the "good old days."

Recently my niece, who was very close to her Nana O., had this quote tattooed on her leg!

Photo shared with permission

Mom may not have totally understood the tattoo culture of today's young people, but I know
she would have been delighted to be remembered!! Niece Julia lost both her dad and her grandma in the last ten years, but they both truly love on in her heart...and in all of our hearts! Miss you Mom and Matt O.!!