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 Post subject: Hawko/Hawco, I struck a brick wall and need HELP!
 Post Posted: Sun Mar 18, 2018 10:06 pm 
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My great-grandfather Peter Hawko/Hawco was born in Chapel’s Cove about 1855, give or take a few years either side. Peter married Margaret (Maggie) Murphy from Holyrood January 1877. I can’t find any record of his birth or trace his birth parents, siblings, or any of their names. I’m told the records went up in smoke when the Catholic Church burned in Conception Bay in the 1800s. My question is, where could I possibly look? Would the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of St. John’s have copies of these records? My understanding is the government of Newfoundland did not require the churches to report births, marriages, or deaths until around 1887. I’m stuck at my great-grandfather and can’t move forward in my genealogy search until I find out the names of his parents and siblings.

Please help me!


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 Post subject: Re: Hawko/Hawco, I struck a brick wall and need HELP!
 Post Posted: Mon Mar 19, 2018 8:38 am 
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The loss of the church registers at Brigus was a great tragedy. Before 1825 Chapel's Cove was served from Harbour Grace and St. John's so the earliest references to your family would be in those places. You can circumvent your brick wall by visiting the Registry of Deeds, using probate records, and locating obituaries. Sometimes directories and voter's lists can provide a clue. A DNA test of a male descendant may also help.

I have had good success by analyzing the choice of Godparents and witnesses at marriages. Usually they tend to be close relatives.


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 Post subject: Re: Hawko/Hawco, I struck a brick wall and need HELP!
 Post Posted: Sat Mar 24, 2018 6:22 pm 
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Edward wrote:
The loss of the church registers at Brigus was a great tragedy. Before 1825 Chapel's Cove was served from Harbour Grace and St. John's so the earliest references to your family would be in those places. You can circumvent your brick wall by visiting the Registry of Deeds, using probate records, and locating obituaries. Sometimes directories and voter's lists can provide a clue. A DNA test of a male descendant may also help.

I have had good success by analyzing the choice of Godparents and witnesses at marriages. Usually they tend to be close relatives.


Hi Edward, thank you for your response and I truly appreciate your feedback and direction.

My biggest hurdle is finding the connection of Peter Hawko to his siblings and parents. I need one or two sibling names and I’m off to the races. All my family members on the Hawco side that could give me that information are dead, unfortunately. As for DNA testing, I’m awaiting the results now. The only male Hawco link I have to do the YDNA test is my brother’s son and he has agreed to do the test for me. Once I have our DNA results, and assuming other Hawco memebers have done theirs too, I should get some solid results and feedback on our lineage.
The one good thing I have in my favour is the fact there are only few Peter Hawco’s born between 1830 and 1890, that’s a plus.


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