My Grandmother introduced me to the joys and frustrations of the genealogical hobby in the mid 1960s. She had developed information about her direct relatives, but her husband, Henry Laurie Boyle, had died of tuberculosis after only a few years of marriage, and she had only a little information about his family's origins and its current extent. She passed that little bit of information (four half-brothers living in Deacon) over to me as a teen-ager and I took up the challenge. Twenty years later I wanted to publish what I had, and solicit information from the many branches of the family that I had not yet explored.
So, with much patience on the part of Annie, my wife, I set about publishing a quarterly hobby 'fanzine' called the Boyle Bulletin. My goal was to collect and publish not only the dry statistics and connections, but also the family stories and lore that make the hobby interesting. I was, at first, apprehensive that my Boyle relatives would not see the humour in by chosen title. But, being Irish, and living amongst Irish immigrants, they immediately saw the truth behind the joke. There are few pleasures greater than telling a good yarn with a kernel of truth, except, possibly, reading one. My zine was a great success, and a pleasure to write and compile.
Over the next four years I published Issue 00, a sales flier; Issues 01 through 16; and two followup small booklets 16B (errata) and 17. I had intended to publish annually after that date, but I moved into a high-pressure job which precluded that plan.
Unfortunately, for a long list of technical reasons, I cannot make these available in searchable form. However, I recently (2012) took a copy to Staples, scanned it, cut and pasted the images into MS Word documents, each of immense size (the largest being 165 Mb), and converted them to PDF format (the largest now being 5 Mb). You may use the links below to download the issues of the BOYLE BULL. I hope you enjoy them.
[When you click on a link, it should appear in your browser. If you are using Internet Explorer, to save it to your own computer, click on "File", then "Save As", then select (or create) a folder on your computer (BoyleBull would be a good name) and save it. If your browser is Google Chrome, right-click on the face of the document and select "Save As". If you have difficulty, contact me by email and I can send it to you that way. Versions of slightly higher pixel density, suitable for printing a bound copy, are available via email. I would greatly appreciate it if you could report any problems you have of any type. [email protected] ]
BOYLE BULLetin - Issue 17 (444 Kb)
Last Updated: 20 September 2012
Contact coordinates: Garvin H Boyle, PO Box 1149, Richmond, Ontario, Canada, K0A 2Z0, 613-838-3561, [email protected]
If you find yourself on these pages, please contact me. I look forward to your response. I have many pictures and stories yet to post.