The Foundation Page

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This page is called “The Brickmason’s Sons” because several members of the Carney family who came to America after 1855 were brick and stone masons. Their hands built some of the first brick buildings in Bay City, Michigan, my home town, and several of those buildings still stand and are being used today.  Those Carney family members eventually left Bay City and scattered to Detroit, Cleveland, New York, and beyond.  Perhaps you may be related to one of them – and me?

“We are the chosen. In each family, there is one who seems called to find the ancestors. To put flesh on their bones and make them live again, to tell the family story and to feel that somehow they know and approve. Doing genealogy is not a cold gathering of facts, but instead, breathing life into all who have gone before. We are the storytellers of the tribe.”

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CARNEY family genealogy

    • An index to all the Carneys in Michigan in the 1910 Soundex
    • Index to Carney marriages in Michigan 1867-1920
    • Index to Bay County deaths with the Carney surname 1868-1897
    • Comments and Queries from people researching the Carney family
    • Much, much more!

BACKELIN / BACKELEN family of Hudiksvall, Sweden, to Bay County, Michigan.

BAUM family  of Ackworth, Yorkshire and surrounding areas.

BEEGAN family  This is my mother’s mother’s family.

BOWEN family  I come from William Bowen, who lived in western New York State in the early 1800’s and is a Revolutionary War veteran. Born in Uxbridge, Mass.

BROWN family  This is my dad’s mother’s family.  I still have a lot of work to do here.

CAMPSALL family From Fishlake, Yorkshire, England.

COLE family  of Macomb County.

CORNISH family  The last name Cornish, not the ancient people of Cornwall.


CUNNINGHAM family  A former mayor and prominent physicians are part of this family.

EVERETT family  Of Macomb County, Michigan around 1880 and Ontario (Upper Canada) from about 1840 onward.

FISHER family, of Stillingfleet, Yorkshire, England

GAMBLE family  Early farmers in Macomb County, Michigan, who originally came from Fishlake, Yorkshire, England.

GORDON family  I’m still working on my Gordon family line; I can go back to the 1830s in western New York, but from there the trail gets quite confusing.

GREENBERG family  While not a “blood” relative, Matt Greenberg was the fatherly influence in my dad’s life (as well as being my great-grandmother’s third husband).  Matt instilled values in my father that he gave to me and I will give to my children.

HANSON family  My Swede side shows through.

Mc HUGH family  The McHugh family was close to the Carney family, as a Carney gal married a McHugh, and a McHugh and a Carney were lawyers and judges together in Bay City, Michigan.


POOLE family  The Pooles are relative newcomers to this country.

RAYER family  The Rayers were primarily from Washtenaw county.

SMITH family  The Smiths were early settlers in Macomb County.

SPAULDING family  The Spauldings were early settlers in Macomb County, and were prominent citizens active in local government.

SPEIR family 

SWEENEY family 

THOMPSON family 

TRUDELL family 


About me, a tiny twig on a great big tree.