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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.
Contact: Jannet Walsh at jannetwalsh@gmail.com

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Silos and church steeple landscape – One year back in Minnesota today!

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By Jannet Walsh
Murdock, Minnesota

Murdock is not on the map.
Those were the words of moving van driver on the day of my big move on Aug. 13, 2010 from Ocala, Florida to Murdock, Minnesota.  How could it be it’s not on the map?  My great-grand parents were pioneers in the area, specifically Dublin Township, before Murdock was incorporated in 1881, located in Swift County.
Could it be that Murdock is located near the fictitious Lake Woebegon or even worse, Brigadoon, a village in Scotland that appears every few hundred years?  How would I make the move to Murdock?
The solution was very  simple.  I made a photocopy of a detailed map and with the help of Global Positioning System, the move was completed.

Here is the map I gave to the moving van driver after he told me he could not find Murdock, Minnesota on the map and it must be a fictitious place.

I invite you to follow my blog in the rural community of Murdock, Minnesota, population 303, according to the 2000 U.S. Census Bureau.
The only skyscrapers I need are grain silos and church steeples.  I am a Minnesota Native Daughter.

Travel Facts from Ocala, Florida to Murdock, Minnesota
– Aug. 14, 2010 to Aug. 17, 2010
– Total distance 1,766 miles
– Four days travel by car
– Three overnight stops near Atlanta, St. Louis and Lincoln, Nebraska
– Number of rest stops – unknown

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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Bonnie Diederich remembered, benefit breakfast planned

July 20, 2011
By Jannet Walsh
Murdock, Minnesota

Murdock resident Bonnie Diederich honored
A Pancake and Sausage Breakfast Benefit for Bonnie Diederich of Murdock is planned for Sunday, July 24, 2011 from 8 a.m. to noon, at the Murdock City Hall in Murdock, Minnesota. Bonnie died of cancer July 7, 2011. There is a free will donation for the breakfast, along with a silent auction. For more details, contact Carmen Froehlich, 320-875-2185, or Bonnie Wentzel, 320-875-4569.

Bonnie’s funeral procession included school buses and local Murdock First Responders on the way to Sacred Heart Cemetery in Murdock on July 12, 2011. (Photos by Jannet Walsh) Click here to download photos.

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

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By Jannet Walsh
Murdock, Minnesota

June 19, 2011
My late father, Martin J. Walsh Jr., December 7, 1924 to December 6, 2008, stands next to a Great Northern Railway caboose, circa 1940s. Dad was employed by Great Northern and Burlington Northern Railway from 1943 to December 31, 1984. He spent his years as a station agent and telegraph agent in many towns in Minnesota, including my home town of Litchfield. (Note the shadow to the right, most likely the photographer.)

Sending my love,
Your daughter Jannet

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More details about my father
Source Swift County Monitor-News online

Martin Walsh, Jr.
Mass of Christian burial for Martin J. Walsh, Jr., 83, of Bennett, WI (formerly of Murdock) was 10:30 a.m., Thurs., Dec.11 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Murdock with Fr. John Pearson officiating. Burial was in the Sacred Heart Cemetery, Murdock. He died Saturday, Dec. 6, 2008, at St. Luke’s Hospital in Duluth.

Martin John Walsh Jr., was born December 7, 1924, in Murdock, the son of Martin J., Sr. and Jannet “Jennie” (Foley) Walsh. He was baptized and confirmed at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Murdock. He grew up in Murdock and graduated from Murdock High School with the Class of 1942. He went on to attend St. Thomas University in St. Paul.

Martin was employed by Great Northern/Burlington Northern Railway from 1943 to December 31, 1984. He spent his years as a station agent and telegraph agent in many different towns.

He lived in Minneapolis at the time of his retirement, where he enjoyed volunteering at the St. Stephens Catholic Church. He was a lifetime member of the Knights of Columbus 2029 in Litchfield.

Among the things he enjoyed were traveling by train, photography, coin and stamp collecting, listening to jazz and polka music. He enjoyed playing the trumpet.

Preceding him in death were his infant son, David Walsh; his parents, Martin, Sr. and Jennie; and a sister, Mary Agnes Shopa.

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St. Patrick’s poster, video and more

By Jannet Walsh
Murdock, Minnesota

Trace your Irish roots!



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Irish scenery and thanks

Learn to Irish step dance or at least watch!

Irish Harp

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

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By Jannet Walsh
Murdock, Minnesota

With a little help from Munster Ancestors in Ireland, I have tracked down more information on my Irish ancestors.

I now know the civil parish my family is from called Aghadoe. It’s an area that over looks the town and lakes of Killarney, Ireland. Civil parishes were originally ecclesiastical divisions, but later evolved into the geographic units, according to the Irishtimes.com.


View the photo source and slide show of more photos of the civil parish of Aghadoe, located in County Kerry, Ireland.

Also from the area of 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.

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 – DNA testing?

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By Jannet Walsh
Murdock, Minnesota

Have you tried the DNA testing to locate your relatives in your genealogy search?

Let me know if the testing worked. Did you find relatives from the “old county” or did you just toss your money away? Contact me at jwalsh@wctrib.com and let me know if I can blog about it.

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

Click here to follow my blog as I try to find out details of my ancestors from the old countries and at home in the United States.

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

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