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Wedding video: Krystal and John


By Jannet Walsh

July 17, 2012

Murdock, Minn.

Beautiful Wedding Couple!
I’m posting a short wedding video preview, with a longer video to come from the wedding of Krystal and John.

The video was made July 14, 2012, at Green Lake Bible Camp in Spicer, Minn.

Please watch for the video updated!

Getting married?: If you know anyone getting married in the next months, July 2012 to October 2012. I am shooting videos at no cost to show examples on my website. Couples must sign a release. Please contact me at 352-598-7976. Email

Enjoy!

Jannet Walsh


You can also view this video on YouTube.

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.

View video in HD on YouTube!

More videos will be posted in December.


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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 – Below zero, Murdock

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By Jannet Walsh
Murdock, Minnesota

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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.

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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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
Read more. . .

Now I just need to meet my newly found relative!

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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Grandparents wedding photo found

By Jannet Walsh
Murdock, Minnesota

Mary Jannet "Jennie" (Foley) Walsh and Martin J. Walsh Sr. Wedding, Nov. 4, 1915
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Martin and “Jennie” Walsh of Murdock

Mary Jannet “Jennie” (Foley) Walsh, 29, and Martin J. Walsh Sr., 28, were united in marriage Nov. 4, 1915, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Murdock, Minnesota.

I just uncovered this photo of my grandparent’s wedding that is simply precious. They were married a the first Sacred Heart parish built in 1894, under the direction of the Rev. P. J. O’Connor, of De Graff, for the cost of $5, 137.70. The first public services, unknown if it was a Mass, was Dec. 8, 1894, according to Swift County history. Need to get the church history book that I understand should be available. See below for more details on Swift County.

My grandfather Martin, known to many at “Mart”, was born in Dublin Township, Swift County, on Feb. 19, 1887, in section 32, in a house that was later moved from De Graff. He died at age 101 on Jan. 15, 1998, at Rice Memorial Hospital in Willmar. Understand my father Martin J. Walsh Jr. and my aunt Margaret Walsh were at his bedside when he died. They had apparent spent many nights sleeping at the hospital before my grandfather and grandmother passed away.

My grandmother “Jennie” was born March 23, 1886, in Louriston Township, Chippewa County. She was 100 years when she died at Rice Memorial Hospital in Willmar on Feb. 26, 1985. Learn more about my grandmother.


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Foley family branches – Update

By Jannet Walsh
Murdock, Minnesota

David and Kay Frederickson of St. Paul, formerly of Murdock. Kay is my second cousin from my grandmother “Jennie” Walsh’s family.

My blog reconnects branches on the family tree.

Shortly after I started my Minnesota Native Daughter blog in Sept. 2010, Kay Frederickson of St. Paul wrote to tell me of our family connections. If I have it charted properly, we are second cousins.


Sisters – Mary Jannet “Jennie” (Foley) Walsh and Rose (Foley) Pothen

My maternal grandmother Mary Jannet “Jennie” (Foley) Walsh, known to most as “Jennie” Walsh, was the great-aunt of Kay Frederickson. Rose (Foley) Pothen was the sister my grandmother “Jennie” Walsh.

Update with great-grandmother’s name
My Uncle Doug, that’s E. Douglas Larson from the Twin Cities, my godfather and family tree expert, just emailed me the missing information of my great-grandparents Stephen Foley and Catherine (Meier)Foley.

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

Click here for the search link that was used for the information.

(See above for updated information – I am not sure of both first names of the parents of the Foley sisters, but Stephen Foley is the name of my maternal great-grandfather. If you know my great-grandmother’s first name, please update me if you have details.)

There is a stained glass window at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Murdock of Saint Paul dedicated to the Stephen Foley Family, the family of my maternal great-grandparents. Kay and myself are great-grandchildren of Stephen Foley.

First cousins – Anne (Pothen) Kennedy and Martin J. Walsh Jr.

Kay’s parents were Jack Kennedy and Anne (Pothen) Kennedy from the Murdock area. Anne’s mother was Rose (Foley) Pothen, sister of my grandmother “Jennie” Walsh, the mother of my late father Martin J. Walsh Jr., along with his sisters Agnes (Walsh) Shopa and Margaret Walsh. This makes my dad, along with his sisters, first cousins with Anne.

Second cousins – Kay (Kennedy) Frederickson and Jannet Walsh

On Dec. 21, 2010, I blogged about Murdock’s native son David Frederickson’s appointment as the new Minnesota agriculture commissioner. I missed the connection that David is the husband of Kay Frederickson, but I’m glad Kay wrote to update me.


About my second cousin Kay
I think Kay looks like a Foley family member, hard to describe, but a good look. She wrote me how proud she is of her husband, David. They lived and farmed five miles north Murdock for about 24 years, and also raised two children Anna and Emelyn, both now in their 30s. (Anna and Emelyn would be my third cousins, right?)

Besides farming near Murdock, David was elected to the Minnesota State Senate in 1986 and served until 1991. He was elected as president of the Minnesota Farmers Union for eleven years and was elected president of the National Farmers Union for four years. Most recently he worked Senator Amy Klobuchar as Agriculture Outreach Director.

I recently asked my aunt Margaret Walsh, age 93, of Murdock, what she recalled about the Frederickson family. She told me the family was very involved in politics and farming, but was considered to be very honest , which is good to hear.

It would be great to meet Kay and her husband David in the future. Maybe I can get a few agricultural pointers for a backyard garden!

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.

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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2010 Top 10 Minnesota Native Daughter Blog Posts

By Jannet Walsh
Murdock, Minnesota

I have put together the 2010 Top 10 Minnesota Native Daughter Blog Posts. The list is based on reader and viewer comments, along with input from the Minnesota Native Daughter staff, that’s me. Read more about the staff. There is nothing scientific about the list, more a review of the blogs in 2010.

A few stats about the blog
September 2010 – 1,294 views
October 2010 – 1,184 views
November 2010 – 1,195 views
December 2010 – 2,553 views
Year total – 6,226 views
(Information from Dec. 30, 2010)

Average views per day – 53

First blog post
September 3, 2010
Murdock, it’s not on the map!

Most viewed blog post in one day
September 9, 2010
Can’t just get along?


2010 Top 10 Minnesota Native Daughters blog posts

(Ten is the lowest rating and one is highest.)


10. Minnesota Native Daughter launched


9. Video with iPhone and tripod


8. Update: Blog brings family and two stained glass windows

7. How to sell house in a bad economy


6. Minnesota Native Daughter Trailer Video


5. Snow Report – Nov. 13, 2010


4. Today marks 88 years in family house


3. Can’t we just get along?


2. Murdock’s native son new Minnesota agriculture commissioner


1. Talked with Garrison Keillor at State Fair via iPhone

I had a chance to talk to Garrison Keillor at the Minnesota State Fair on the radio from my iPhone in Murdock. Listen to the audio link.

I have been a fan of Keillor, the host of “A Prairie Home Companion” for years. (I would love to see a live recording one day!) When I lived in the Netherlands I would listen to my audio tapes my late father Martin J. Walsh Jr. gave me years ago. The audio tapes are complete with fictitious news from Lake Wobegon that is needed by every Minnesotan living abroad or maybe just outside of the state of Minnesota. If you are not familiar with Lake Wobegon, learn more at http://prairiehome.publicradio.org.

After calling the Minnesota Public Radio at the state fair, I was asked my name, where I was calling from and if I had a question. Of course I was ready with a question after just finishing my lunch at home in Murdock.

Here is what I asked: “How should I prepare for my “re-immigration” back to my home state of Minnesota?”

Keillor answered by telling me I should prepare by suffering as the winters will bring great suffering, but really will not have to prepare as I will be suffering anyway in the winter.

I was able squeeze in one more question in reference to bachelor farmers made famous at Lake Wobegon, usually from Norway. I asked if I should be afraid of this sector of the rural population, but Keillor told me not to be as the bachelor farmers will just walk away and I shouldn’t have any trouble.

Now I feel I be able “re-immigrate” back into the culture of rural Minnesota with little difficulty.

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