Tuesday, December 30, 2008

My Blog Birthday


WOW!!! A year of blogging has already passed. I'm truly in shock. I started blogging on December 30, 2007 over at http://www.cmjoffice.com/blog. I recently switched from Wordpress to Blogger. So far, so good. I'm pretty happy.

In light of my blogiversary, I'm having a blog birthday celebration.

Happy Blog Birthday to me!

I've had a lot of fun writing family stories and sharing administrative tips along the way. I hope this next year will be filled with even more.

Colleen at CMJ Office

CMJ Office is a certified and licensed virtual administrative business supporting business owners, bloggers, genealogy and history authors, speakers and researchers.

Monday, December 29, 2008

Lazy Holiday Days

Snore.....Huh.......I'm awake.....snore......Really, I'm awake.

This is how I am behaving lately. LOL

Can anyone out there relate? I find my 4 year old at my bedside every morning now screaming, "Get up! It's morning time. It's wake up time." My other two children are school aged and out of school right now. So, I enjoy being a little lazy during the holiday break. Why can't the 4 year old grasp that concept?

I'm apologizing for the lack of articles but my laziness is spreading into my blogging. I've gotten a little lazy. I'm sure this will end come next Monday and I'll be on track with great tips and stories again. I do need to get some more research done.

Colleen at CMJ Office

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Sunday, December 28, 2008

Happy New Year

I'm wishing everyone a glorious and prosperous New Year!

I hope 2009 is wonderful for all my readers, clients, friends and family members.

Colleen at CMJ Office

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Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Tip Tuesday - Genealogy Searches

Trying to find that elusive female family member, try this great trick when searching those census records.

Check the town where her future spouse resided. You may just find her and her family living on the same road or within the same town.

Colleen at CMJ Office

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Monday, December 22, 2008

History and My Birthday

Randy, a fellow genea-blogger, is so creative with his ancestry challenges and games. His latest involves history and birthdays. My birthday is pretty easy because it's a holiday, Columbus Day. I've known for as long as I can remember.

1. What day of the week were you born? Sunday, October 12, 1969

2. What has happened in recorded history on your birthdate (month and day)? List 5 events.
I'm adding on a piece to this challenge.


3. Name 5 famous people that share your birthday.


1537 - King Edward VI of England (d. 1553)

1866 - Ramsay MacDonald, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (d. 1937)

1894 - Elisabeth of Romania, queen of Greece (d. 1956)

1920 - Christy Ring, Irish hurler (d. 1979)

1935 - Luciano Pavarotti, Italian tenor (d. 2007)


I'm a figure skater and have always been sad that my favorite skater died on my exact birthday.

1969 - Sonja Henie, Norwegian figure skater (b. 1912)


Once again Randy, this has been a great game. I did learn some interesting facts that were unknown to me.


Colleen at CMJ Office

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Friday, December 19, 2008

Photo Friday - Julia Mary Bench Degnan


This is a picture of my paternal grandmother, Julia Mary Bench Degnan (1914-1981). She was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, to immigrants Alfred Richard Bench (Birmingham, England) and Margaret Donahue Maher Bench (County Mayo, Ireland). She was their only child and I'm thinking quite a surprise to them. They were both in their 40s and on their second marriages (widow/widower). I'm still searching for children from their first marriages. I have uncovered two from Alfred Bench's line: Howard George Bench (1891 England-1967 MA) and Dorothy V. Bench Cherney (1894 England-1971 WA).

She married Leo Francis Degnan in August 1935 (Cambridge, MA) after her mother passed away in May of that year. She gave birth to three sons (God bless her-I only have two sons out of my three children and am going crazy-LOL). The Degnan family moved to Pawtucket, RI, in between 1940 and 1942 from Cambridge, MA. I only know this because their eldest son, Leo, was born in Cambridge, MA, and my father, second son Richard, was born in Pawtucket, RI.

Julia made the very best peanut butter cookies. I'd kill to have them again! Diabetes finally took her in 1981. I've discovered that this disease has taken most of the Bench family members at early ages throughout history. I think this is a beautiful picture of her.

Colleen at CMJ Office

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Thursday, December 18, 2008

County Wicklow Records Online at IFHF

It's always great to inform when records become available online.

The Irish Family History Foundation (IFHF) has recently added County Wicklow Roman Catholic baptism records to their Online Research Service (ORS). According to the IFHF, this adds another 200,000 baptismal records to their online database.

Stay tuned. They will be adding County Wicklow Church of Ireland baptismal records within the next several months.

Just go to the following site and login using your existing or new IFHF login details.

http://wicklow.brsgenealogy.com

Best of luck with your research.

Colleen at CMJ Office

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Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Wednesday Words by Edna O'Brien

"In a way winter is the real spring,
the time when the inner things
happen, the resurge of nature."

Edna O'Brien (b. 1930)

Colleen at CMJ Office

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Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Tip Tuesday - Who and Whom

Rule.
Use the he/him method to decide which word is correct. he = who him = whom

Examples:
Who/Whom wrote the letter? He wrote the letter. Therefore, who is correct.
For who/whom should I vote? Should I vote for him? Therefore, whom is correct.
We all know who/whom pulled that prank. This sentence contains two clauses: We all know and who/whom pulled that prank. We are interested in the second clause because it contains the who/whom. He pulled that prank. Therefore, who is correct. (Are you starting to sound like a hooting owl yet?)
We want to know on who/whom the prank was pulled. This sentence contains two clauses: We want to know and the prank was pulled on who/whom. Again, we are interested in the second clause because it contains the who/whom. The prank was pulled on him. Therefore, whom is correct.

*Taken from http://www.grammarbook.com/grammar/whoVwhom.asp. The Blue Book of Grammar and Punctuation was a lifesaver for me in college.

Colleen at CMJ Office

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Sunday, December 14, 2008

Three Wishes for Genea-Santa


This post is for the 62nd edition of the COG.

I actually had to dwell on this for a bit and I just didn't want to fabricate a story about my family. So, I have finally come up with my three wishes for Genea-Santa. I hope he can deliver. However, according to my children, I might have been a little too bad for these gifts! LOL

So, here are my three wishes to Genea-Santa. If not this year, maybe I can receive them at some point in my lifetime. What a celebration I will have if any of these wishes are ever granted.


  1. Great grandma Mary Clune's vase. She donated two vases to Clouna Church in Co. Clare, Ireland. I overheard my grandmother asking her sister Bridget for one of them on one of our visits. Bridget denied this request. I'm sure that she didn't understand that grandma just wanted something of her mothers.

  2. Grandma Julia Degnan's opal ring. Heck, who wouldn't want a pretty ring? It is my birthstone. I'm not sure where this ring is within the family right now but I would love to receive this gift someday.

  3. Grandpa Leo Degnan's photo collection. The man snapped photos of everyone and everything. To me, his attic is an undiscovered treasure trove of ancestors. Perhaps at some point I will receive this collection. I'm praying that they don't get destroyed. I wouldn't even mind if they were green bagged and sent to me.

  4. Grandpa Michael Finnegan's blackthorn shillelagh. Alright, I'm risking it with Genea-Santa asking for a fourth gift. I've never asked about this. I'm wondering where it is right now. I'm sure my mom must have it. My dad and I got it for my grandfather on one of our trips to Ireland. Grandpa had a bad hip and wanted a blackthorn shillelagh. It's a beauty too.
Merry Christmas to my fellow Genea-Bloggers!

Colleen at CMJ Office

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Friday, December 12, 2008

Photo Friday - New Family Member Welcome

I usually post ancestor photos on Friday here. However, I cannot ignore my cousin John's new baby.

Jadon Degnan was born yesterday in Georgia weighing 7 lbs. 1 oz. Congrats! Besides, he's cute.

Colleen, CMJ Office
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Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Writing Wednesday and a Challenge


I'm creating 'Writing Wednesday' here at my blog. I hope to share a writing tip, story or such on Wednesday's each week.

This Wednesday I'm sharing an abbreviation. Do you know what the abbreviation for 'treasurer' is?

I'm usually tops at these English questions but this one made me pause. I actually had to think about it. Why? It simply doesn't look right when written.

tres.

Now, for the challenge I mentioned above. FindMyPast.com is challenging everyone to name all their sixteen great great grandparents along with any interesting uncovered stories. What do you win if you can name all of them? You will win a free 12-month Explorer subscription.

They’ll pick a winner every month in their newsletter.

Email them at casestudies@findmypast.com with the subject line ‘Great Great Grandparents’ and include your username so they can check your growing tree on Family Tree Explorer.

Don't have a tree listed over there? This is a great reason to jump on over and get the tree online.

Best wishes to all that enter. If you need help researching those great great grandparents, remember that I'm only an email away.

Colleen, CMJ Office

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Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Tip Tuesday - Fear of Flying


Any fear is debilitating but a fear of flying can make your business life miserable. Many entrepreneurs and small business owners have to travel occasionally to seminars, trade shows, conferences or even an urgent meeting. When you throw air travel and fear into the mix, your anxiety level will jump through the roof.

If you do have a fear of flying, here are some things you can do to calm yourself and learn how to deal with it so you can be productive:
  1. Know that you are not alone. There are many people with aerophobia. After working in the air traffic industry for over 13 years, I witnessed many fearful flyers pass through the airport on guided tours. If you are informed ahead of time, it can calm some of those nerves. See if you can set up a tour at your local airport. It will be fascinating and can aleviate much of your anxiety.
  2. Know that you are in good hands. Here is a quick breakdown of how the air traffic system works: In a nutshell, air traffic controllers within the actual towers at the airports only control the ground movements and airspace up to five miles out from the airport. Once your plane is five miles out, you've been handed off to the radar controllers who control your flight for about 30 miles. Once again, you will be switched off to the center controllers. These controllers handle everything in between, including international flights over the ocean once they hit our airspace. If anything should ease your mind about air safety, it is the fact that these controllers got thousands of flights landed quickly and safely on September 11th, 2001.
  3. Book a non-stop flight. This will make things a little easier and you'll only have to gear yourself up for one departure and one landing. If you need to travel a little further out of the way to get that non-stop flight, take a train, bus or car. It's worth it.
  4. Take deep breaths. Travel lightly. Drink your water. No alcohol and no nylons. You can do it. Conquer your fear so that you can be more productive when you get to that business destination.
For those who need more assistance to calm their jitters, you can hire a therapist or you can check out Captain Stacey Chance's Fear of Flying free online course. This course guides individuals through their fear of flying with the Captain's aviation knowledge. He is not a certified therapist; however, he has won the Jefferson Awards for Public Service in 2007 for his program. Check it out!
Did I forget to share a great tip? How do you ease your nerves before flying?

Colleen, CMJ Office

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Monday, December 8, 2008

Iowa County Pioneer


George W. Goings was my husband's great-great-great grandfather. He was born in 1818 and lived until 1900. The following is a historical document detailing his life. His only surviving daughter from his first marriage, Barbara, married Joseph C. Johnson in Iowa on December 21, 1873.

GOINGS, George W. -- (Washington Twp.) Farmer and stock-raiser, Sec. 15, P. O. Marengo. Was born in Ohio on the 25th day of December, 1818, and when six years of age removed with his parents to Indiana, where he was raised. After completing his education he learned the trade of stone-cutting and followed it for seven years, when, on account of ill health, he was obliged to give it up. Then he engaged in farming and followed it there until the summer of 1849, when he came to this county, being one of its pioneers. He is the owner of a fine farm of 288 acres, well improved. Has a good location for his residence, four miles northwest of Marengo. Mr. Goings has been twice married. First, in Indiana, in October, 1846, to Miss Susanna Wood. By this union they had eleven children of whom one is living. His second marriage was in this county, to Miss Mary J. Norris. They have five children, two boys and three girls. (p. 661.)

I love finding detailed histories.

Colleen, CMJ Office

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Friday, December 5, 2008

Photo Friday With A Discovery


Thanks to DearMyrtle for the following ancestor discovery.

I've been searching for my grandmother's step-sisters for years off and on. Well, thanks to Myrtle's blog post the other day, I found out that Illinois marriage records for 1900 to 1920 were online now over at FamilySearch. I hopped on over.

I plugged the surname Bench and hit search. My great grandfather's marriage record came up first. I already had that record from St. Elizabeth's in Chicago. The second Bench listed was Dorothy Bench. Holy cow Batman! It was grandma's step-sister. Well, it was one of them at least.

I was so excited. I grabbed it and started researching the family. I discovered that she remained in Chicago while her brother and father moved to Cambridge, MA. Why? I'm not sure that I'll ever know that one. So, she married William Cherney and settled into family life in Chicago. As of 1930, she had four children: Margaret, Lorraine, William and Jeannine. I uncovered her death certificate from Washington State. So, at some point, they must have moved over there.

It's been enlightening. I can't wait to research the children. I'm not sure when I'll have time but it's been fun finding her.

Colleen

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Thursday, December 4, 2008

Discovered Letter On Ancestry


This letter is an example of the great discoveries you can make online. This is a connection to my husband's family line. Ann Meredith Hartshorn (1778-1839) was his maternal great grandfather's great great grandmother. Did you follow that? LOL

Transcription of a letter written by Ann Meredith Hartshorn to her son, James. It was dated 17 July 1839 and provides the first information linking the children that settled Ohio in the early 1800's. The original letter is in the possession of William O. Walker of Lebanon, Ohio. This copy of the transcript was provided by Derrick S. Hartshorn III and is listed on Ancestry.

Spelling has been left alone for authenticity.

July 17th 1839

Dear Sone,

I again take up my pen to write to you in anser to your letter dated June the 12th 1838. I hope you will excuse me for not writing sooner tho I am yet alive and so that I can set up and go in and out the house with crutches- my hand is unsteady to write myself and therefore I have not wrote and as I have stated that the rest of the family is well, and hope that yours is also well. you speak of concilations to the eflicted in the word of god. it is by realization of his word that I have hope in this life for he hoo has said blessed are they that do his commandments that they may have write to the tree of life and enter in threw the gates into the Sity and by realizing God's word I find that tho every one has been ever so grate a siner that they can by obedience be moved free from the same for paul says sixth chapter 11th verse But god be thanked that you ware the servants of sin but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine is.

It is highly proble that we difer in sentiments of religion but we find that obey God threw a principal of love to God and his laws you want to know when I joined Society and when you get religion I have not red in the scripters much about giting relig but by the preaching of the gospel ________ when babtism was used for the remission of sins they that gladly receive the word ware babtized and as it respects myself it is about seventeen years this somer Since I received the word of god as the only roade of faith and practice and was babtised in the name of jesus crist for the remission of sins and the gift of the holy spirit. This the most I can tell about my giting religion.

I will now give you an account of the other afares of my life. I was born February the 13th 1778 in the state of Delaware Kent County married the 26th of October 1796 in the same and state the same. Now I will give the ages of my children.

James Hartshorn was born October 6th 1797
Amos Hartshorn was born March 24th 1799
Martha Hartshorn was born February the 21st 1808
Jacob Hartshorn was born January the 23rd 1810
Samuel Hartshorn was born December the 29th 1811
Anne Hartshorn was born June the 7th 1814
John W. Hartshorn was born May the 12th 1816
Naomi Hartshorn was born May the 20th 1818
Jesse Hartshorn was May the 3rd 1821

I am still living in Samuel's place yet and Ann and Amos to. Andrew and Hannah is living with me. Jesse is working from home this somer and he expects to go down the river this fall and he wants you if you write to let him no whether you are living where you did or where you are living now, so that he may call when he comes down. I have nothing more partickler to write but I would be glad to see you if you could come posably then I could converse more freely and partickerly upon different subjects so no more at present but remains efectionate mother until deth. -- Ann Hartshorn

Colleen

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Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Check Those Ancestry Leaves


I love Ancestry.com.

Why the love?

Well, there are times when I need a little leaf. It amazes me how many people have connected to my husband's family tree through this process. I recommend checking all leads. You need all the ancestors to accurately line up within your tree.

Recently, I thought that I had broken through a brick wall within the Gragg/Gregg line. Once I checked the facts, I discovered that the discovery was incorrect. Dates did not add up. Unfortunately, some people don't research thoroughly. On a positive note, I have narrowed my geographic research area down considerably.

As much as I want this wall to come crashing down, I want it done with all the documents in place.

So, when following that leaf, don't celebrate and walk away. Dig a little further. Make sure dates, cities and other important facts match and mesh. Only then can you smile and shout with joy.

Colleen

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