Hi Jeanette Lawlor,
Would you care to share his/her names.
Hi Alice, His name is Peter Patrick Lawlor, born 17 March 1904 in Dublin Ireland. He married my mother (Edith June Bird b. 19 June 1909) in or near chicago around feb 1931 under the name of Perry Cavanaugh and again 12 Dec 1932 in Toronto Canada. They are both deceased. I have found the second marriage record, but not the first, also found his naturalization record, but what I’d really like to see is the agreement he made with INS. Thanks for any help you can give me! Jeanette
Hi Alice, No, this is not my father. I found that marriage record on Irishgenealogy.ie The Peter Patrick in this records father’s name was James and from that I found his birth record in Dublin to verify he’s not Dad. Although, I did find a marriage record for my Dad in County Mayo, 1924, and he did marry a Margaret, but her last name was Walsh. Guess he was a “Marrying” kinda guy!
So far I have found Peter Lawlor entering Canada in 1929.
There is an Edith Lawlor but she is listed as 39 years old born in England
Are you familiar with the website? Lots of Canada information. you might find what you are looking for there.
Good luck in your search.
Yes this Peter Lawlor entering Canada in 1929 is definitely Dad. He entered Canada as a tourist, and then pulled a sneaky trick to get into the U.S. He only succeeded in fooling immigration for a few years and I’m thinking his “trick” was his negotiating tool to get immigration to let him stay if he told them how he kept sneaking in.
Since immigration spent a lot of time looking for him and then negotiated with him I’m thinking there should be some sort of record for all that activity. That’s the record I’m looking for.
Well, also the record of his marriage to my mother under the false name of Perry Cavanaugh in about Feb of 1931.
Thanks so much for looking for me, and if you find more info I would be delighted to see it, Jeanette
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Dear Ms. Lawlor,
Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!
According to the Library and Archives of Canada, the Border Entry Lists for 1925-1935 are arranged by border port and date of entry. If you do not know all of those details, please consult the Immigration Indexes and Research Aids page for nominal indexes. Once you have the complete reference, the Border Entry Lists may be consulted in Digitized Microforms (Archived). The border entry lists that include surnames starting with the letter C have been indexed in the Passenger Lists, 1925-1935 - Nominal Indexes. Please keep in mind that not all immigrants crossing the border were registered. Some crossed when the ports were closed or where no port existed. Many families were not registered because one or both parents had been born in Canada or previously resided here, and they were considered Returning Canadians rather than immigrants. And the Government of Canada did not keep records of people leaving the country. For more information about immigration and marriages, please contact the Library and Archives of Canada, 395 Wellington Street, Ottawa, ON K1A 0N4, Canada.
We searched the U.S. National Archives Catalog and located the series Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Boston, Massachusetts, 1891 - 1943 [T843. 454 rolls. ] and Book Indexes to Boston Passenger Lists, 1899--1940 [T790. 107 rolls. ] in the Records of the Immigration and Naturalization Service (Record Group 85) that include ship passenger forms provided to the INS. We also located the Administrative Files Relating to Naturalization, 1906 - 1944 in Record Group 85 that may include the investigation from Port Huron. For access to T843, T790, and the administrative files, please contact the National Archives at Washington, DC - Textual Reference (RDT1) via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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For his NIS investigation, we suggest submitting a request through the USCIS Genealogy Program.
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