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Soup is on!

Dec. 10, 2011
By Jannet Walsh
Murdock, Minnesota

I just made beef barely soup today. The perfect pairing for job searching on a cold winter day.

Oh, by the way, I did I say I am looking for a job? My professional profile is available on Linkedin.

Jannet Walsh – I am looking for employment opportunites in the Willmar, Minnesota area. Please take a look at my professional profile.
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Home to Knockanarroor – Pillowcase Photo

Dec. 6, 2011
By Jannet Walsh
Murdock, Minnesota

Home to Knockanarroor – Pillowcase Photo
See the latest video posted on CNN iReport, complete with writiten story on my adventures of finding my Irish Roots. Click here to view video at CNN iReport.

Home to Knockanarroor – Pillowcase Photo
Missing photo gives hints to Irish history

I returned home to Knockanarroor, Ireland for the first time, but I have never been there before.

In April 2011, I traveled to Ireland, precisely where my Great-Great-Grandmother Ellen Brennan Foley, born May 15, 1820 in Killarney, Ireland, and died in Stillwater, Minnesota, lived in Knockanarroor Townland, pronounced “Knock-on-a-roar” in Irish Gaelic, meaning the hill of corn in English.

On a cold January 2011 day, a photograph, along with a hand-written card with hints of Ellen’s life, including her husband’s name, William Foley, were found tucked away in a pillow of treasures of my late grandmother Mary Jannet “Jennie” Foley Walsh, 1886 to 1985, of Murdock.

The unmarked country road my Irish roots were plucked from in the early 1840s, is located just east of the city of Killarney in County Kerry, in western Ireland. A milk lorry driver, a truck driver in the United States, Patrick “Pa” Brosnan of Muckross, in the Killarney area, pumping petro in the near by village of Barraduff agreed to guide me to the hidden location that is plain site.

Ellen’s parents, James Brennan and Mary Walsh, my great-great-great grandparents, from my grandmother’s family, called the townland home, as they worked the rented land consisting of what is referred to by residents as a “poorish land” of wetlands, surrounded by bogs. The peat or turf, decayed vegetation, is cut and dried for heating and cooking fuel today, just like my family did in the 1800s or earlier, with the smoke puffing out of cottages, producing a musty smell. My family most likely served as grooms, tending to the horses exchanged on the carriage route at the end of the road of Knockanarroor, on a major route to Killarney.

I traveled to Killarney in 1980, my late father, Martin J. Walsh Jr., in the 1950s, but it was not was not until 2011, I could say without a doubt Knockanarroor is home in Ireland for my family. My father and I traveled the same paths in the horse jaunting carts of what is called the old butter roads, the 1700s turnpike, but I might be the first to make the journey home to Knockanarroor.

I used hints from www.ancestry.com to stitch together my ancestral threads. Archivist Michael Lynch of Kerry Library, Ireland, along with free online Roman Catholic records from the Diocese of Kerry, www.irishgenealogy.ie, provided information that my family belonged to the Catholic Parish of Glenflesk, with Knockanarroor as their place of residence.

Although I did not find any living relatives in Ireland during my journey, learning about the people, their faith, village life and the beautiful Irish countryside, I was able to shine light on a period of obscurity in my family’s history.

My Great-Great Grandmother Ellen departed Knockanarroor, be it voluntary or forced, due to disease, food shortage or economic reasons. I returned Ireland to answer the questions of where my family roots were prematurely pulled from the Ireland.

See related video from Home to Knockanarroor Project

Home to Knockanarroor – An Introduction


More videos will be posted in December.

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Irish Roots – Home to Knockanarroor

Dec. 4, 2011
By Jannet Walsh
Murdock, Minnesota

Home to Knockanarroor – Project Overview
This is a video project of my journey back home to my family’s roots in Knockanarroor Townland, located just east of the city of Killarney in County Kerry, in western Ireland. Knockanarroor, pronounced “knock-on-a-roar” is an unmarked dirt road where my grandmother’s family lived at least until 1840s, before the Great Famine in Ireland starting in 1845. There are several spellings of Knockanarroor, so I am using the spelling from the 1911 Irish census. The project was photographed in April 2011. View video and full story at CNN iReport.

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More videos will be posted in December.


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All Aboard! Old Mission Santa Barbara Part Two video posted

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Nov. 13, 2011
By Jannet Walsh
Murdock, Minnesota

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Note: My travel is complete, and I am back home safe in Minnesota.
Thanks,
Jannet Walsh

Follow blogger Jannet Walsh on her Amtrak train trip on the famous Empire Builder from St. Cloud, Minnesota to Portland, Oregon, and the Coast Starlight, from Portland, Oregon, to Santa Barbara, California, and back home to Minnesota.

Learning about blogging on the train, recording video with Skype on board, creating iPhone videos, while enjoying America’s landscape from coach seating and the sleeping car.

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Native Minnesotan Jannet Walsh is a blogger, columnist, journalist, photojournalist, terrier owner, hula hooper and more! Contact her at jannetwalsh.com Click here to view full biography. View her other blog at http://jannetwalsh.blogspot.com/.

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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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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 – Sweethearts from the past

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Murdock, Minnesota

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Genealogy – 1920s Murdock, Minnesota and now

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By Jannet Walsh
Murdock, Minnesota

I stumbled on an old photo of my great-grandparents Michael John Walsh Jr. and Mary McGinty taken in Murdock in 1924 or 1925.

The photo above, my great-grandparents Mary (McGinty) Walsh and Michael John Walsh Jr. in Murdock in 1924 or 1925. Above: The location on Main in Murdock, Minnesota, at least 86 years after the photo of my great-grandparents was made by Mrs. J. D. Walsh.

Michael John Walsh Jr. was born Oct. 15, 1858, in Canada, and died March 11, 1929 in Swift Co., Minn. Mary McGinty is the daughter of Patrick and Mary (Moran) McGinty. They were married Nov. 22, 1881, at St. Bridget’s Catholic Church, De Graff, Minnesota.

The old photo was taken in 1924 or 1925 in Murdock, most likely in front of their home on Main Avenue in Murdock, then the home of their son Henry Walsh, my great uncle. (If you are reading this and have more details, please let me know at jwalsh@wctrib.com.)

I am still in the process of I preparing a video on my Great-Great-Grandparents Patrick “Paddy” McGinty and Mary (Moran) McGinty.

Patrick McGinty and Mary (Moran) McGinty had daughter named Mary McGinty, born June 23, 1859 in Scotland, and died Oct.1, 1952, Swift County, Minnesota. Patrick or Paddy was born Jan. 1, 1829, in Mayo, Ireland and died Dec. 26, 1915, Swift County.

I don’t have a photograph of Patrick and Mary (Moran) McGinty, but I will show you in an upcoming blog post about the treasure they left behind!

Do these names mean anything to you? Do you have photos? Do you think you could be related to me? Tell me at jwalsh@wctrib.com.

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Genealogy – Next up, Patrick McGinty clan

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By Jannet Walsh
Murdock, Minnesota

I plan to post a video shortly on my Great-Great-Grandparents Patrick “Paddy” McGinty and Mary (Moran) McGinty.

Patrick McGinty and Mary (Moran) McGinty had a daughter named Mary McGinty, born June 23, 1859 in Scotland, and died Oct.1, 1952, Swift County, Minnesota. Patrick or Paddy was born Jan. 1, 1829, in Mayo, Ireland and died Dec. 26, 1915, Swift County.

My great-grandfather Michael John Walsh Jr., (born Oct. 15, 1858, in Canada, and died March 11, 1929 in Swift Co., Minn.) married Mary McGinty, daughter of Patrick and Mary (Moran) McGinty, Nov. 22, 1881, at St. Bridget’s Catholic Church, DeGraff, Minnesota.

I don’t have a photograph of Patrick and Mary (Moran) McGinty, but I will show you in an upcoming blog post about the treasure they left behind!

Do these names mean anything to you? Do you have photos? Do you think you could be related to me? Tell me at jwalsh@wctrib.com.

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If you have any additional information to add to this blog post, family information, Murdock related history or if you think you are related to me, contact me at jwalsh@wctrib.com.

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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

If you have any additional information to add to this blog post, family information, Murdock related history or if you think you are related to me, contact me at jwalsh@wctrib.com.


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