Lost at Sea: James McDonald of Whitehead (1901-1924)

Who was James McDonald? My Great Grandfather had two older brothers who seemingly disappeared after Ireland’s 1911 census.  Their names were Robert and James McDonald.  I was finally able to break through this brick wall when an elderly family member indicated that the McDonald brothers may have served in Great Britain’s merchant navy.  With this…

The Lost Brother: Robert McDonald (1899-1918)

My Connection to Robert McDonald Robert McDonald was an older brother to my Great Grandfather, John McDonald. I quickly became intrigued with Robert’s story as I hadn’t been able to account for what happened to him following Ireland’s 1911 census.  I searched death and marriage records, but could find no mention of him.  I looked…