The Helen Collar Biographical Papers are arranged aphabetically:
(Click on any letter)
- The information is written on approximately 1300 5 x 7
index cards which are each labeled with a family name. Because of the
large Irish population there are many cards with the same surnames. The
editors have arranged these entries alphabetically by surname, then by
first name. The original order of the cards within the boxes has been
preserved; however, some rearrangement of the entries has been
- It is clear that information was entered over a period of
many years, but isn't always obvious which information is first.
Sometimes the author asked questions and then later answered them. This
can often be determined by the different writing style or pen.
Researchers are encouraged to examine the original manuscript if
possible, in addition to this transcript.
- Strikethroughs are in the original.
- Brackets [ ] are used by the editors for clarity; italics within the brackets are editors' comments and not those of Ms. Collar.
- L and T are sometimes difficult to distinguish, as well as G, D, and I.
- Often names are spelled in more than one way, sometimes
due to differences found in the records the author consulted. The
editors have reproduced the spellings as found in the original
- All question marks are the work of the Ms. Collar, unless in brackets.
- Punctuation has been added for clarity.
- Where the author used ditto marks, the editors have written out the word.
- The collection includes some duplicate entries which were not repeated in the typescript.
- The author used the word over to indicate information continued on the back of the card. This word was not included in the typescript.
- Gall is often used as an abbreviation for Gallagher, and sometimes Gill for Gillespie.
- Where the author used arrows to connect information the editors have indicated this in a footnote.
- The author used several people as sources. These names are
noted at the beginning of the information attributed to that source.
For instance, "Maria", " Lawrence," and "Protar." Several written
sources were used, for example, Northern Michigan, History of the GrandTraverse Region, and Milwaukee Journal.
- There are frequent references to page numbers, but it
cannot always be determined what they reference. These page numbers are
commonly found at the top of the index card.
- The words By and Before often appear at
the top of a card, followed by a date. The author means that the family
arrived on Beaver Island by this date or before this date.