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In my great grandfathers obit it says that he was vice chief ranger of John Henry Newman Court, M C O F (1938) his name was Joseph M O’Keefe, is there any information on him? Site does not show his name coming up.
Thank you, Diane
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Charles V. Kerans is my grand uncle – His middle name was Patrick, so the initial should be P. Thank you
Thanks, Cate – we have made the change.
I am interested in finding ot any family information contained in death calim 1637. Patrick Lyman was my great grandfather.
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possibly my great great grandfather
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Hi. I can’t seem to find the list that contains the names of the people to see if my ancestors are on it. I only see the form to request the copies but not the actual list.
Hi Carolyn – if you use the form to search for your ancestors, a list will come back showing the name, Foresters Court# and Death Claim Number for each person found with that name. Or, you can just press “Search” without filling in any of the boxes and a list of all the records will be shown (but it’s a long list: 35,686 records!) Hope this helps. If not, please e-mail email@example.com for further assistance.
I am seeking information on my great aunt Catherine Ahern Mahoney. She was a member of St Genevieve Court No 135 Brighton. She died on Jan 1, 1938. I searched the files and did not get her name.
Hi James, I searched our Foresters records, and unfortunately we do not hold a mortuary record for Catherine Ahern Mahoney of St. Genevieve Court. There are two Catherine A. Mahoneys, but they died in different years, and there is a Catherine Ahern who died in 1938, but she belonged to a different court. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or for further assistance. Thank you!
Hello James – we have located a record for a Katherine Mahoney, who was born in 1873 and died in 1938 and was a member of St. Genevieve Court, Brighton, Death Claim #22689. If you think this is your great-aunt, feel free to write to email@example.com to request a copy of her record. Further info about requesting records is here: http://blogs.umb.edu/archives/collections/foresters/
I don’t see any records from the Mystic Court in Medford. Looking for my Gr. Grandfather Thomas J Fallon Death notice and Obit state MCOF Mystic Court and that representatives attended his funeral. Jan. 12 is the death date. And Funeral was Jan 15 of 1919 I believe. Found the funeral notice in the 15 Jan paper The Boston Globe. Please let me know if there is any records from this court.
Thank you Kim H.
Hello Kim – our records show a Thomas J. Fallon, born in Ireland in 1859, died Jan 12, 1919 but in the “John Henry Newman Court” in Everett, Death Claim # 7679. Feel free to write to firstname.lastname@example.org to request a copy of his record. More info here about requesting records: http://blogs.umb.edu/archives/collections/foresters/
Hi, I’m searching records for John S. Smith, died January 31, 1916. His obituary says “charter member of M.C.O.F.” I was unsuccessful in pulling up any records in your archive. Can you help me?
Hello Christina – searching for John Smith brings up a record for John S. Smith, born 1833, died Jan 31, 1916, of the Fitzptrick MCOF Court in Boston, Death Claim # 5794. Feel free to write to email@example.com to request a copy of his record. More info here about requesting records: http://blogs.umb.edu/archives/collections/foresters/
I’m searching a record for Patrick “Jim” Foy(e) who died in 1948. Since it is now 2020 his record should be available. His obituary says that he was a Forester, probably affiliated with the Canton MA court (as were 2 of his brothers-in-law). Per his naturalization certificate he immigrated in 1891 and was born about 1859. I took a quick look at your database but could not find him. Anything you can do to help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks, Marilyn Magee Zwiener
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Hi, I am searching my family history and discovered that one of my ancestors, Felix Lynch, who lived in Lawrence between 1910-1918 was a Forester according to is obituary. Sadly Felix was killed on 22.03.1918 in WW1 in France. Iwould really appreciate any details you may have of Felix, please.
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Hello — I tried searching for my great-grandmother, Elizabeth (Murphy) Grace, who died on 25 August 1911; she was a chief ranger of the St Marie Court in Springfield, but the search comes up “no records found” — what do you suggest I do at this point?
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I just learned today that my great grandfather was a Forester. If you have any information at all, I would be very interested in hearing it. His name was Kieran Duffy, he was born in Ireland, he died in Springfield, MA on 1/26/1958. He was a policeman in Boston.
Thank you so much!
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Joanne, I’m searching for the records for William J. Gould. His obituary indicated that he died on February 26, 1933 and that he was a member of Williams Court. He was born in Ireland around 1852 or 1853. I entered the information and received a “no results” reply.
Hi David – there is a William J. Gould in the collection, a member of Williams Court, born in Ireland in 1856, died in 1933. If this is your man, you can write to firstname.lastname@example.org with his name and the Death Claim ID# 17801 and the staff will be able to get you a copy of the record. See https://blogs.umb.edu/archives/collections/foresters/ for more information about requesting a record.
Birth Year: 1856
Initiation date: June-16-1901
Death Date: February-26-1933
Court Number: 19
Court Name Williams
Court Location East Boston
Birth Place: Ireland
Presumed County of Birth Cork
No. of Death Claim 17801