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Genealogy – Catholic colonization in Swift County

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By Jannet Walsh
Murdock, Minnesota

Here is my latest stumble. I just found an online book from Google Books you can read online about the colonization in Swift County.

“On January 22, 1876, (Bishop John) Ireland announced the establishment of the Catholic Colonization Bureau of St. Paul. . . .” (see page 54)

I looked quickly at the book yesterday and found a reference about the Swift County land for the farmers was set aside for the poor and homeless, not for Minnesota farmers that already had land. They were talking about my family and the other Europeans during that period that needed land and place to call home. My family has been here since that time.

In the years 1875 and 1876 the late Archbishop John Ireland started a Catholic colony adjacent to Murdock and DeGraff, the very location my family still has a farm. A church was first built in DeGraff, St. Bridget parish. The people in Murdock did not have a way to travel to DeGraff, so a second parish was started as a mission church of DeGraff in 1894 in Murdock, now know as Sacred Heart.
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My family's farm in Dublin Township, Murdock, Minnesota. Photo by Jannet Walsh

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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.



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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 – List of blogs at geneabloggers.com

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By Jannet Walsh
Murdock, Minnesota

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I recently found a great source of genealogy blogs, ranging from special interest Jewish genealogy, such as Tracing the Tribe: The Jewish Genealogy Blog, that includes more than 1,700 genealogy and family history blogs found at www.geneabloggers.com.

You might want to take a peek and search the listing as you might find clues to your own family genealogy search.
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Genealgoy – Ancestral Valentines from Murdock, Minnesota

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By Jannet Walsh
Murdock, Minnesota

Have you ever thought about the stories of your ancestors courtships?

The stories might be hard to find, but you might be able to find traces in the way of wedding records or photos.

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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 – 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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