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Genealogy – Knockanarroor townland, County Kerry, Ireland

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By Jannet Walsh
Murdock, Minnesota

I recently wrote Michael Lynch, Archivist from Kerry Library, located in County Kerry, Ireland for traces and clues about my family. Lynch was able to help me more than I could have dreamed. There are many missing links, but great clues to where my family originated from in Ireland with the help of Roman Catholic Records. The Diocese of Kerry in Ireland has a great online link, with church records surviving up to about 1900, are online and free.

Knockanarroor townland
Of the interesting facts, it is likely my Great-Great Grandmother Ellen Brennan Foley was from Knockanarroor townland, which is situated about 5 miles East of Killarney town. The relevant Catholic Parish is Glenflesk. A townland or bally is a small geographical division of land in Ireland.

Ellen Brennan Foley was born May 15, 1820 in Kilarney, Ireland the daughter of James Brennan, 1793-1863, and Mary Walsh, birth and death unknown.



Click here to see link of street level of Knockanarroor, Ireland.

Other facts and figures from Kerry Library, Ireland
James Brennan and Mary Walsh, possibly had children named John (16 July 1826), Daniel (30 August 1832), and Charles (1 November 1836).
An Ellen Brennan is listed as a sponsor to a baptism, and may be an elder sister to the child. The family address for this family is given as Knockanarroor townland, which is situated about 5 miles East of Killarney town.

The relevant Catholic Parish is Glenflesk, for which records survive back to 1820. However, all available records only give 13 entries for baptisms in 1820 in this parish, and Ellen Brennan is not among them. In fact, there are no Brennan baptisms recorded in that year for Glenflesk.
In relation to the other children recorded, there are a few anomalies between different sources:
The International Genealogical Index, IGI, and O’Kief parish record listings record the Charles in 1836 as James, with a baptismal date of 13 November 1836. The listed sponsors are again Ellen Brennan and Denis Sullivan. These listings also record a Daniel baptized on 18 July 1829. He must have died in infancy.
Glenflesk marriage records only date from 1831, so that there is no prospect of finding a record of the marriage of James Brennan and Mary Walsh.

Baptism of CHARLES BRENAN of KNOCKANAROOR

Area – KERRY (RC) , Parish/Church/Congregation – GLENFLESK
Baptism of CHARLES BRENAN of KNOCKANAROOR on 1 November 1836

Name CHARLES BRENAN Date of Birth 1 November 1836 (BASED ON OTHER DATE INFORMATION)
Address KNOCKANAROOR Father JAMES BRENAN
Mother MARY WALSH Further details in the record
Child Denomination RC Father Occupation NR
Sponsor 1 DENIS SULLIVAN Sponsor 2 ELLEN BRENAN
Priest NR About the record
Book Number Page Entry Number Record_Identifier
N/R N/R 118 KY -RC-BA-253676


My Great-Great Grandmother Ellen Brennan Foley
Birth May 15, 1820 in Killarney, County Kerry, Ireland
Death Jan. 18, 1883 in Stillwater, Washington, Minnesota, United States

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Genealgoy – Searching cemeteries for clues

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By Jannet Walsh
Murdock, Minnesota
You might consider a visit to the local cemetery for clues of family history.

A view of the celtic crosses at the Sacred Heart Cemetery in Murdock, Minnesota.

The grave marker of my father, Martin J. Walsh Jr., lists the names of his children at Sacred Heart Cemetery in Murdock, Minnesota. Graves might give you clues in your genealogy jigsaw puzzle.

There is maybe too much snow for a search in Minnesota at the moment, but when you are ready, there is a link to help you find cemeteries listed by counties prepared by the Minnesota Genealogical Society.

Lists of cemeteries in the United States

Cemeteries around the world

The Association of Graveyard Rabbits

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Genealogy – Tracing Irish roots, free help!

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By Jannet Walsh
Murdock, Minnesota


My Great-Great Grandmother Ellen Brennan Foley
Birth May 15, 1820 in Killarney, County Kerry, Ireland
Death Jan. 18, 1883 in Stillwater, Washington, Minnesota, United States

I just found a great publication that is free from the National Tourism Development Authority in Ireland. It’s called Tracing your ancestors in Ireland. Please click here to download.

Even if you don’t have Irish ancestors, there are great tips for researching your roots.

Links you might also consider for your genealogy research:

Irish Genealogy


The National Archives, Ireland

The Record Search section of the Latter Day Saints Family Search site

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Genealogy – Grandpa Mart’s WW I draft card

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By Jannet Walsh
Murdock, Minnesota

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I’m very thankful for my grandfather Martin J. Walsh Sr. of Murdock, Minnesota for filling out his World War I registration draft card asking for an exemption from being drafted in the war. I found the card on Ancestry.com.

My father, Martin J. Walsh Jr. might not have born and I certainly would not have a blog, let alone be alive. There were an estimated 37 million casualties in World War 1. (I have other family members that have military service, but that is for another blog posting.)

It was June 5, 1917 when my grandfather Martin J. Walsh Sr., about 30 years old.
A few facts from the draft card –
1. Natural born citizen
2. Traveling sales, listed as not employed
3. Supports a wife and child
4. Married
5. Requesting an exemption because of dependents
6. Tall, medium build, gray eyes, brown hair, not bald

Read more about my grandfather Martin J. Walsh Sr. in a story I wrote in 1987 that appeared in the West Central Tribune.

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Genealogy – Below zero, Murdock

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Murdock, Minnesota

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Genealogy – Sweethearts from the past

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By Jannet Walsh
Murdock, Minnesota

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Genealogy – Identify photos

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By Jannet Walsh
Murdock, Minnesota

My second cousin Kay (Kennedy) Frederickson sent me an old family photo, possibly from 1895 – 1896, as the youngest daughter was born in 1895, appearing to be one or two years old. Kay and I share a set of great-grandparents Stephen Foley and Catherine (Meier) Foley, making us second cousins.

Photo tips
1. Share family photos
2. Try to identify the faces in the photos with the help of family.
3. Tell people you are trying to name the faces, by posting on a blog, Facebook, Twitter or one of the family tree sites, such as ancestry.com
4. Ask for comments from family, as there might be other information they have, that you do not.
5. Have fun! Yes, it’s work, but you are finding information of your past you can share in the future.
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Original photo

Stephen Foley and Catherine (Meier) Foley Family

Notes on photo

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Genealogy – Digging roots

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By Jannet Walsh
Murdock, Minnesota

Martin J. Walsh Jr., possible high school or college photo

Searching for your family’s roots takes a lot of digging.

Since moving back home to Minnesota in August 2010, I have started to scratch only the surface of finding branches on my family’s tree. As an undergraduate student at St. Cloud State University, I took a class on family history, and still have my paper I worked on, but have many missing links, but that’s normal for researching, I’m thinking.

With the help of family, friends and colleagues, I’ve been trying to put a few pieces together with the goal of tracking back information and relatives to the “old countries” in Europe, such as Ireland, Scotland, Luxembourg, Germany or other lands.

Network your root search
What’s that? If you fish with a net, you stand a better chance of catching more fish, than with a single fishing pole. You need to tell people you are searching for family connections, information, data, records and photographs. If no one knows you are searching, don’t expect too much success.

Blog your family search

I have found relatives by just posting and writing about my searching for family. It’s free and easy to do. You can write about what you know, stories, photos and connections you want to make. Start a blog today!

What info is there already?
If you have family that have already started their investigations in the past, see if they will share. As a warning, there could be errors in the reporting, so you will need to watch what you think might be the “gospel” about your family. An obituary listed my late Agnes (Walsh) Shopa as Sister Agnes Shopa, meaning a religious order sister or nun, originating from the funeral home when my father Martin J. Walsh died in 2008. My aunt was a sister and religious, but never a member of a religious order. The funeral home sent the obituary to the newspaper with the error, and can be found online. Please correct if you are following my Walsh family history.

Online search
There are many places you can go online to search. Here’s a link that can help you with 101 ways. Read more. . .

Have fun!
Finding facts and connecting with lost relatives, only you are not lost, is part of the fun! As a child I heard my mother talk about various relatives, now these very same people and their children are emailing as a result of my blog, Minnesota Native Daughter.

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Robert A. Kennedy, Murdock native – altar boy, Mars researcher, college president. . .

By Jannet Walsh
Murdock, Minnesota

Snagged another relative with my blog!

My great-grandfather Stephen Foley, was born in Maine on Sept. 15, 1846, and has a great-grandson that is currently the president of The University of Maine. Do you know his name?

He’s Robert “Bob” A. Kennedy, Murdock, Minnesota native, currently living in Maine, but moving back to Minnesota, has kept a home for years in Minnesota. (Sounds like a possible new blog, maybe call it Minnesota Native Son!)
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Robert A. Kennedy, President of The University of Maine
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Second Cousins
I received a comment on my blog on Jan. 6, 2011, from Bob writing to tell me about our possible family connections on the Foley side of my family. My grandmother Mary Jannet “Jennie” (Foley) Walsh and Bob’s grandmother, Rose (Foley) Pothen were sisters. After doing a little checking and figuring, it turns out we are second cousins, meaning with have a common set of great-grandparents, Stephen Foley and Catherine (Meier) Foley.

Stephen Foley and Catherine (Meier) Foley Family

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(If you have details of the date the photo was taken, and identification, left to right, please email me at jwalsh@wctrib.com)

Few details on Great-Grandparents
Stephen Foley, born Sept.15 1846 and died May 3, 1913, born in Maine
Catherine Meier, born March 14, 1855 and died Jan. 4, 1921, born in Luxembourg, according to 1880 U.S. Census (Listed as Germany in earlier blog, but updated as Luxembourg, which also goes with stories I heard as a child.)
Marriage – about 1876

My parents’ wedding
As a teenager, Bob was an altar boy at my parents wedding, along with Mike Walsh, yet another relative, at the Cathedral of St. Mary in St. Cloud. If you check out his biography you will find a list of accomplishments that are out of this world, including his study of the technological and physiological impediments related to space flight to Mars.

What more could he do?
According to StarTribune.com, my second cousin Bob is a finalist for both an at-large and an Eighth Congressional District seat as a University of Minnesota’s Board of Regent
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Now I just need to meet my newly found relative!

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Grandpa Mart’s story from 1987

By Jannet Walsh
Murdock, Minnesota


Click here to download PDF story of my grandfather Martin J. Walsh Sr. from 1987 I wrote for the West Central Tribune.


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