According to her burial notice, Mary Steep was buried at Mount Olivet Cemetery in Washington DC
[from Evening Star, 11 Dec 1940]
Although censuses after her marriage give varying information about the place of birth of her parents, at least two of them indicate that her parents were born in Ireland. Therefore, I believe her parents were Patrick and Margaret Cook.
1880 Washington DC Census
Thank you for your assistance in helping me to find out more about my great grandmother(Mary E. Steep) and her family. I am a newbie at genealogy searches, and I found conflicting information regarding birth dates, death dates, etc., and I realized that I could not proceed without accurate information!
What would be the wisest next step in searching in Ireland?
Many thanks to you,
Since Patrick and Margaret Cook would be very common names in Ireland, you need to find out all you can about them in the US, hoping that somewhere in a US record there is information about where in Ireland they were from.
This is probably their marriage (index) record in DC
Patrick Cook Gender: Male Marriage Date: 11 Jan 1853 Marriage Place: District of Columbia, USA Spouse: Margaret Dippley
Burial notice from Evening Star, 21 Sep 1906
Death notice from Evening Star, 3 Jul 1909
St Stephen's Church might have records that would be helpful. See the section on Catholic Church records in this familysearch wiki on DC Church records District of Columbia Church Records • FamilySearch
Dear Mr. Warner,
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For an overview on how to begin your research, we suggest that you review NARA’s Resources for Genealogists, as well as the FamilySearch Research wiki for United States Genealogy. In addition, the document Suggestions and Advice for Family History Researchers may be useful.
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