Tuesday, 14 June 2011

Another day.............another find!

So, in between yelling at the kids to get ready for school, I duck into my shed in the backyard.........its a lovely little shed with white walls, a red roof, red doors and a wee verandah over a small deck...........somewhere where I can hide out with my computer and research.
There are some new emails............Rachel wants help with her Murphy grandfather who is supposed to have been from Inch, Donegal - I check the Griffith's first, but find no Murphys in that parish............so I check the census............maybe Charley Murphy, a 35 yr old 'milk server' in Skeog is her man - he looks to have moved on to Carrowreagh by 1911 - he's still a 'milk server' but has only aged 4 years. Must find out what a 'milk server' was. I head to Google next and search for Murphy family Inch Donegal - somehow I end up on a page called the Cassidys of County Donegal - Legowney in Donegal parish features, so I check to see if I have transcribed that census yet...........nope...........so I'll add that to things to do today. I have alot in the way of RC baptisms in that area, so once the census is transcribed, I will start looking in the records for anything on that family.
Somehow I get both boys to their schools, then I'm back to do a bit around the house and to see to the dogs and cat - they're after their breakfast and they can't be ignored...............Doogan is a 3 yr old Irish Wolfhound, and a BIG one at that, Too is a Giant Schnauzer, and the sweetest, funniest, smartest, naughtiest dog I've ever owned.............lording over those two(and the rest of the hosue really) is Biddy - a common black and white cat with 13 years under her belt, but spritley enough that she'll chase both dogs and sort them out if they give her any grief!
Now back to the computer..............an email is in from Angela, with an update on a Kilteevoge family..............and something rings a bell with that one - for years, my cousin Fr Frank McHugh (a twice retired RC Priest in Donegal - but still actively 'employed'!) had mentioned a connection between our Gallaghers from Galwollie and a family of Arnolds.............I'd never been able to find any connection in the records I have but here is Angela with info that Daniel McGlinchey and Bridget Gallagher of Meenbog, had a daughter Mary b 1879 in Galwollie - this Mary married Edward Arnold of Kiltyfergal...............oh my..............time to hit the registers and also compose an email to Fr Frank..................
Jonathan in Christchurch has emailed to say he received his folder this morning - I'd sent it back to him after he gave it to me last friday. I am working on a project on Mary from Dungloe and found Jonathan, who is desended from Mary's sister Annie............the folder has old photos and some great info on the family - Mary, 2 brothers and 2 sisters, emigrated to New Zealand and they all settled around Patutahi, up on the North Island, between 1876-1884 - the new page is coming along great now! I asked Jonathan how things were down there - we'd had a strong earhtquake yesterday, which was caused by an earthquake in Christchurch - they got a 6.3 mag shake, which has caused even more damage to that lovely city. He's okay, thank goodness!
There's emails from Annie and Meg checking on me after that earthquake too.............no damage here - just a few frazzled nerves.
Janice has some queries about perambulation books (they're pre 1857 Griffith's Valuation), so there's a reply to be done to explain what those books are, and Jo has popped up with some info on the Browne's from Galwollie, who married into my Gallaghers..................
Paddy McBrearty has sent me a photo of a graveslab in Kilcar, newly uncovered - needed help with figuring out the name on the slab............its really old - looks to me like the name is Hugh McCally, who died 11 Jun 1788 aged 67 years.............his wife died 1778 aged in her 50's, but frustratingly, she is not named - just 'his wife died........"! I wandered that graveyard in the rain last July - its a really interesting site, very very old, on the brow of the hill looking down on Kilcar...............Paddy wrote a book which was published last year and I have a copy here...........if you're interested in that southern area of Donegal, see if you can find a copy of 'Bridging the Ages'
Now, there'd something else I shoudl be seeing to too - ahhh, Dunmore in Mevagh - Liam is after some info...........he's a photographer - Liam Sweeney Photography
Ooooh - Eva has published her book - A Cottage in Donegal, Mary Doherty's Story - must get that linked to my Books page............and update the Clonca and Carndonagh census for that family!
Hmmm.......starting to lose the plot now - there are even more emails this afternoon and I don't think I will be able to respond to them all - there is one I could work on - it involves O'Donnells and McFaddens in Drumnasharragh, Gartan parish.
Time for a break - and then I'll be back to see if I can get some more done tonight - wish me luck!

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