Posted by on Aug 2, 2014 | 1 comment


I’m learning that genealogical research is like the story of a kitten climbing a tree; it’s easier to climb up than down. Moving down a family tree is complicated by privacy issues. For example, United States Federal census data is protected by the 72-year rule: where personally identifiable information is protected for seventy-two years after collection. That’s why we only have access to records from 1940 (and before) and we won’t see the 1950 census records until the year 2022.

If I’m going to learn more about Lizzie, I’ll need to get better at climbing down the tree. My number one priority is finding the right living relative, someone who’s willing to help me uncover “Lizzie stories,” and with any luck, the Holy Grail of this project: a photograph of her.

With my first attempt to reach the family being disastrous, I needed to rethink my approach. So far, I’ve reached out to seven members whose family trees intersect with Lizzie’s. Unfortunately, none have reached back yet (Is it me?). So, my next round of research has been focussed on Lizzie’s sibling’s.

This is what I know so far:

  • The only thing we know about Lizzie’s oldest sister, Catherine Nestor, is that she shows up in the 1881 Canada Census as a 22-year-old living with her folks, Francis & Mary (Carroll) Nestor.
  • Like Catherine, the only thing we know about Lizzie’s older sister, Bridget Nestor, is that she shows up in the 1881 Canada Census as a 20-year-old living with her folks, Francis & Mary (Carroll) Nestor.
  • Lizzie’s oldest brother, Edward Nestor, got married to Ellen O’Brien and moved to New York City. They had six children: Mamie, Clara, Mary Ellen, Edward, George, and Grace. The last known residence that we have for Edward is found in the New York State Census of 1915, where we find him living at 300 West 112th Street, NY at the age of 59. In the 1920 United States Federal Census, his wife Ellen is listed as a widow. My present theory is that he died in 1916. I’ve ordered a death certificate from the City of New York to verify that assumption. Stay tuned.
  • According the the United States Federal Censuses of 1900 and 1910, Lizzie’s older sister, Margaret Nestor, immigrated to the United States and lived with her younger sisters (Ellen and Lizzie). But she drops off our RADAR in the 1920 United States Federal Census.
  • Lizzie’s youngest brother, John Joseph Nestor, was thirty when he married twenty-six year old Theresa Elizabeth Rogers on September 15, 1905 in Everett Massachusetts. The couple had three children: John, Theresa, and Mary and bounced between Malden and Everett for the rest of their lives. It looks like John died around 1963.
  • Lizzie’s youngest sister, Ellen (Cardinal) Nestor, was probably Lizzie’s closest relative, as she they lived together for the rest of their lives. We know much about her, including the fact that my Uncle Fred bought her daughter’s house.

Finally, it appears that the family has long-time ties to two places: the North Shore (Malden, Everett, Boston) and New York City. Therefore, if the Nestors (and decedents like the Cardinals and Carlines) have been in the area for a long time, there’s a good possibility that not only did their descendants stay within these communities, but they may also became influential members of it.

Sources used in this post.

Catherine Nestor

Edward Nestor

Margaret Nestor

John Joseph Nestor

Ellen (Cardinal) Nestor