Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Easy Vegetable and Rice Soup

I usually don't have recipes on here unless they relate to my ancestry. I have to make an exception with this soup.

I'm not the most creative person in the kitchen but I think this creation is pretty good. Give it a try if you like. It only takes 30 minutes.

Here's what you need:

1 Birds Eye Steamfresh Southwestern Style Rice
1 Del Monte can of Diced Tomatoes with Garlic and Onion
1 Can of Corn
1 Can of Green Beans
1 Summer Squash
1 Onion
1 Can of Campbells Condensed Tomato Soup

Here's what you do with those ingredients:

In a stock pot, add the tomato soup and then fill the can up two more times with hot water adding that to the pot also. Turn the burner on high. Dice up and add the onion and squash. Steam the bag of rice in the microwave (takes 5 minutes). Dump the corn, green beans and diced tomatoes into the pot. Stir. Now add the bag of rice to the soup. Stir again. Make sure the soup is boiling. Once it's boiling, turn the heat to low (simmer) and cover for 20 minutes.

You're done and it tastes great!

Colleen Degnan Johnson
CMJ Office
Fantasy Face Painting

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

County Clare Video

Here's a great video of County Clare. Blackie does a great tour even passing through Ennistymon. It's the town a couple of miles down the road from grandmother's farm.

Check it out here.

Colleen Degnan Johnson
CMJ Office
Fantasy Face Painting

Friday, May 22, 2009

Germany's Remains


My great uncle, William Degnan, served in WWII. This photo is a recent discovery for me.
He sent some pictures home to his older brother, my grandfather, from Germany after the fighting was over.
As you can see, he wrote notes around the edge of the photo. From the left, he states the he is in the photo (next to second column from the left in a shadow). You can barely make him out.
His next statement is: "This picture gives you some idea of what Germany looks like now."
Doesn't look like we left much standing over there. What a mess!
To all those that served and are serving, thank you and Happy Memorial Day!!! Let's not forget them and their families.
Colleen Degnan Johnson

Monday, May 18, 2009

The Names of My Ancestors

Post for the 13th Edition, Carnival of Irish Heritage and Culture.

A list of Irish names with my family: Degnan, Finnegan, Clune, Donahue, Larkin, O'Loughlin, Hogan, McWade, Galvin, Conway and Boyle.

Yes, I've got quite of bit of Irish in me. I can tell you that most of my family followed the Irish tradition of naming the first born children after their grandparents until my parents' generation.

The family has a fair share of the following first names: Patrick, Thomas, Michael, John, Peter, Matthew, Mary, Margaret, Ann, Bridget and Rose.

Degnan: A byname from dubh ‘black’ + ceann ‘head’, ‘chief’. Now, there is an absolutely fabulous site regarding my maiden name, Degnan, that is out on the web via Siobhan-Duignan Burke. So, instead of rewriting the history of the O'Duibhgeannains, I will just link to it here. It describes quite a bit regarding the Degnan family as they were the scribes of Irish history. My Degnan's come from County Longford.

Clune: Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Glúin, a patronymic from the personal name Glún. This is either a byname meaning ‘knee’, or else a short form of various Old Irish compound personal names such as Glúnfhionn meaning ‘fair-kneed’ or Glúniairn ‘iron-kneed’. My Clune family is from County Clare.

Finegan/Finnegan: A shortened Americanized form of Irish Ó Fionnagáin ‘descendant of Fionnagán’. Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Finn ‘descendant of Fionn’, a byname meaning ‘white’ or ‘fair-haired’. This name is borne by several families in the west of Ireland where my Finegan's originated - County Monaghan. My Finegan's came to this country in 1905 as Finegan's with one 'N'. Once my grandfather was born in 1907, the name was switched to Finnegan with two 'N's. No one knows why this change occured.

Larkin: Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Lorcáin ‘descendant of Lorcán’, a personal name from a diminutive of lorc ‘fierce’, ‘cruel’, which was sometimes used as an equivalent to Lawrence. My Larkin's come from County Longford.

Donahue: Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Donnchadha ‘descendant of Donnchadh’, a personal name (sometimes Anglicized as Duncan in Scotland), composed of the elements donn ‘brown-haired man’ or ‘chieftain’ + cath ‘battle’. My Donahue's come from County Mayo and I'm sad to say that I don't know much about them.

O'Loughlin: Irish (Ulster and County Clare): Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Lochlainn ‘descendant of Lochlann’. A personal name meaning ‘stranger’, originally a term denoting Scandinavia (a compound of loch ‘lake’, ‘fjord’ + lann ‘land’). Many Irish bearers of the name claim descent from Lochlann, a 10th century lord of Corcomroe, County Clare. This is where my family comes from - County Clare.

Hogan: Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó hÓgáin ‘descendant of Ógán’, a personal name from a diminutive of óg ‘young’, also ‘young warrior’. In the south, some bearers claim descent from an uncle of Brian Boru. My Hogan's come from County Clare.

Glavin: Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Gláimhin, from a diminutive of glámh ‘satirist’. My Glavin's are from County Cork.

Boyle: Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Baoithghill ‘descendant of Baoithgheall’, a personal name of uncertain meaning, perhaps from baoth ‘rash’ + geall ‘pledge’. My Boyle's are from County Monaghan.

McWade/McQuade: Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Uaid ‘son of Uad’, Gaelic form of the personal name Wat. My McWade family is from County Longford.

Conway: Anglicized form of various Gaelic names, such as Mac Conmidhe; Ó Connmhaigh or Mac Connmhaigh (‘descendant (or son) of Connmhach’, a personal name derived from connmach ‘head-smashing’), also Anglicized as Conoo; and Ó Conbhuide (‘descendant of Cú Bhuidhe’, a personal name composed of the elements cú ‘hound’ + buidhe ‘yellow’). My Conway family is from County Clare.

These definitions were obtained from Ancestry. They, in turn, get them from the Dictionary of American Family Names, Oxford University Press, ISBN 0-19-508137-4.

Colleen Degnan Johnson
CMJ Office
Fantasy Face Painting

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Discovered Ticket to America

Completely AWESOME find. My great grandfather's Inspection Card that he received upon entry to America from England.

You can see his name listed: Richard Bench.

Date of departure: 24 November, 1909.

Port of departure: Liverpool.

Name of ship: Friesland.

Last residence: Smethwick, England.

I absolutely love this find. I cannot believe that it has survived this long in an old photo album. Pretty cool to think this was handed to him over a hundred years ago and to see what immigrants were handed as they entered into the country.

Colleen Johnson
CMJ Office
Fantasy Face Painting

Friday, May 8, 2009

Happy Mother's Day Weekend

1944 Cranston, RI

Anna Clune Finnegan (my grandma) and Mary Finnegan Degnan (my mom)

Love you both!!! My mom is spending this mother's day in Ireland where her mom was born and raised. It is her first time over there. I hope she is enjoying herself and wish I could be with her visiting my cousins.

I can assure all of you that I cannot wait to hear what she thought and see the pictures!!! Hoping that she found some genealogy stuff for me.

Colleen Degnan Johnson
CMJ Office
Fantasy Face Painting