I always love getting real mail.:)

The other day, I received Patrick O’Connor’s death certificate.  I already had his death date, but I was hoping for a birth date and the names of his parents.  No such luck.  They actually wrote his name twice – once under name and another for his birth date.  Darn.

I did glean a few bits of new information from this document though:

  1. He was born in County Cork, Ireland.
  2. His mother’s maiden name was Suloven (or possibly Sullivan)
  3. He died of interstitial hepatitis.
  4. He was buried in January of 1906 ( I can’t decide if it says the 2nd or the twenty something)

I’ll take what I can get.:)

  • Lisa Wallen Logsdon - February 26, 2011 - 9:16 am

    Darn! It’s been too long since I have received any goodies in the mail. I love the anticipation…stalking the mail person each day, eagerly opening the mail box, the joy of holding that unopened envelope in my hand! It’s time I made a list of needed goodies and send off for them!ReplyCancel

  • Pat Kuhn - February 26, 2011 - 7:15 pm

    I am waiting for two death certificates. Hopefully in the next couple of weeks. I am hoping the one will give me where in Germany my great grandfather came from??????ReplyCancel

  • Amy - February 27, 2011 - 6:50 am

    I love mail! I can’t wait to see some of mine start trickling in… :) I am still so intrigued we both have “Thornton” lines & they haven’t crossed yet.

    Good news is that you have a semi-birth location in Cork, Ireland… maybe his name will pop up in some parish records over there…?ReplyCancel

  • Jenny Lanctot - February 27, 2011 - 10:54 am

    Incidentally, you can also glean the following info:
    1. He was 73 years old at the time of his death, making his likely birth date sometime in 1823.
    2. His wife predeceased him (which will make finding her death certificate a little easier).
    3. He had to have been buried on Jan 2 1906. The certificate was filed with the Registrar on Jan 2, so unless they could tell the future … :)

    Sadly, I’ve run into the same brick wall with my GGGrandfather’s birth. Perhaps church records will hold the answers to your birth question. That’s where all my hope lies at this point. I’m waiting for a response from the church as we speak. My fingers are crossed for you!ReplyCancel

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I’m still coughing, but I’ve weaned myself off of the Ny-Quil IV and am now able to make a coherent thought.

I got a lot more reading done this week and have more favorites to share.

  1. First of all, any post about my own ancestors will always get a mention.  Wendy at Shaking Leaves actually wrote two great posts about our shared ancestors, Milton Price and Nancy Brittain.  One of their gravestones (I love the inscription on Nancy’s), and  she also found them on an old plat map. Keep up the good work Wendy!!:)
  2. Lorine, from Olive Tree Genealogy,  had a great review on Springpad – a free app that helps you stay organized.  With 5 kids, homeschooling, and lots of genealogy to do, I need all of the organizing help I can get.  I signed myself up for an account and I’m going to sit down and try it out this weekend.  From what I’ve seen so far, I like it!
  3. Heather at Nutfield Genealogy posted some sad pictures.  Piles and piles of broken gravestones.  Brings a tear to my eye.
  4. Dee from Shakin’ the Family Tree reminds us all to go out of our way to thank those that help us out on our family history quest. Whether it be helpful cemetery staff, friendly volunteers at the local historical society, or someone that does look-ups in the courthouse, consider sending them a letter/email of thanks.  I’m sure that they would appreciate it.:)
  5. I felt better after reading Randy Seaver’s post about improving his database.  I’m glad to know that I’m not the only one struggling with this.  It’s a long and complicated process to make sure that your source citations are in correct order.  After  taking a class a number of years ago, I completely restarted my database in order to correctly cite each of my sources as I entered them in.  I still have a Rubbermaid box full of papers that needs to be entered.  It’s about # 56 on my list of things to do, so I will eventually get to it.  While I don’t have nearly the amount of people in my tree as he does, 12,000 is still a pretty big number to keep organized.  Someday, when my kids are grown, I will probably be caught up.  I guess I should be thankful that I started this hobby early in life.:)
  6. My friend Cherie, from Have you Seen My Roots?, posted another great trial story for Thriller Thursday.  She had some naughty ancestors.:)  It sure makes for some interesting stories!
  7. I encourage you to go and welcome my friend Amy at her new blog, Hunting Dead People.  She and I were in the same genealogy class at Monterey Peninsula College (along with Sheri from The Educated Genealogist).  I think we need to convince all of our classmates to geneablog.:)
  8. I finally got caught up on watching Who Do You Think You Are?  I was working at a Girl Scout cookie booth during the last show and the week before I was watching a movie with my husband.  I couldn’t bear to ruin his Friday night by stopping his guy movie to turn on a genealogy show.  As I was in bed with a cold while everyone else was at church this past Sunday, I caught myself up online.  If you’ve missed any of the episodes (and you’re Tivo-less like me), they’re available to watch when you have the time, online.
  • Heather Rojo - February 25, 2011 - 9:40 am

    Dear Jen, Thanks so much for mentioning my story about the broken and misplaced gravestones from Forest Hill Cemetery in Derry, NH. I was hoping to draw some attention to this problem!ReplyCancel

  • Wendy B. - February 25, 2011 - 3:47 pm

    Thanks for the mention, cousin!! And thanks for the heads-up on all the other great blog posts. I really need to catch up on my blog reading…ReplyCancel

  • Amy - February 27, 2011 - 6:54 am

    Thanks! I am having so much fun blogging & it is really keeping me focused! So focused that after 5 years, I am FINALLY breaking through half a brick wall! I might need to steal your Friday Favs idea here!

    I also just got caught on WDYTYA… I totally cried with Rosie & I don’t like Roise. Such a touching story. :)ReplyCancel

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This is hard for me to admit to the whole genealogy blogosphere, but I was a little Linus.  I carried around this security blanket until it turned to absolute shreds.

It started out as one of those waffle-type blankets with the silky trim on it. Your basic baby blanket.  It had writing on it: “Everybody needs a little security”.  Could the words have been any more appropriate?

And as if that weren’t bad enough, I named the thing.  Dee.  Not sure what that was I was trying to say, but maybe “Dee” meant security in my infant language.:)

I used to sit with that blanket and rub the silky trim between my fingers – all the way around the blanket.  And around.  And around.

The coolness of the silky fabric soothed me.  In all honesty, I could probably sit and do that now on a stressful day and it would help relax me.:)

But I don’t.  It’s now in the cedar chest at the foot of my bed.  I pulled it out a couple of weeks ago, in order to take a picture of it. (Ok, so maybe I felt the silky trim for a moment or two, I admit it.)

I’m so embarrassed to show it here.  It doesn’t even resemble a blanket anymore.  It looks like some ancient artifact from 200 years ago.  In reality, it’s 34 years old (and hasn’t been touched in about the past 30).  That’s a lot of loving in 4 short years.  A lot.

Here is is, a ball of rags.

I had my daughter hold it up for a picture.  You can see that the trim is barely connected to the middle of the blanket anymore.

None of my kids sucked their thumbs or had special blankets they had to have around to sleep.  I was their security blanket – and lost a lot of sleep because of it.:)

Please tell me I’m not alone.  Did you have a security blanket too?  Or maybe a very worn stuffed animal?

  • Dee Blakley - February 24, 2011 - 11:51 am

    I sucked my thumb. I don’t remember having a special “lovey,” blanket or stuffed animal or doll.

    But I think it is totally cool that you still have yours.ReplyCancel

  • cindy - February 25, 2011 - 10:39 am

    I didn’t have a “blankie”, but did have a very well worn stuffed doll and a few teddy bears. All of my 5 children used blankies, and all had a favorite one, used exclusively – the only one that would do when tired, cranky, sick etc. I have put all of them away for safe keeping (except for two that are still being used) – some are just in pieces at this point and one was lost at the age of 5 (i think it hurt me more than her). What a treasure that you’ve still got yours and I still have my doll and teddies as well. I hope my children find theirs to be just as much a treasure in later years.ReplyCancel

  • Jo Graham - March 4, 2011 - 2:48 am

    That’s a very well-loved blanket, Jen. I have a very faded teddy who is mostly bald as he has had his fur loved off. Mum used to make him new “jackets” to keep him together – he lost an eye at one point and we couldn’t get a matching one, so he has had odd eyes for 40+ years! Don’t tell anyone, but he lives in my underwear drawer :-) JoReplyCancel

  • Jamie Waters - November 3, 2011 - 10:22 am

    I had THIS same blankie and I loved it! I lost mine, leaving it in a hotel. I called later, but they said they didn’t find anything. So then my twin sent me hers, and I lost that one too on a business trip… leaving it in a hotel. :-( Thanks for posting the picture… it’s good to see “the old friend.” ;-)ReplyCancel

    • Jen - November 4, 2011 - 8:56 pm

      Isn’t it the best blanket ever? I loved that thing to shreds. Sorry you lost yours. :(ReplyCancel

  • Bruce - November 17, 2012 - 3:06 pm

    I am 48 years old. I have my “Blankie” my Grandmother made for me for my fifth birthday. My birthday is in february, so it has a great big valentine heart on it. Also, on the heart is(I believe) the Kennel Ration pupy’s head drawn in black marker. At the time, I was intrigued with the dog. the rest of the blanket has (had) a light cotton, blue and grey square and medallion paisley pattern. This was sewn over a satin-edged fluffy blanket.
    This blanket was meant to replace my original “(yellow)blankie” which my Mother threw away in the garbage can (in front of me, with me wailing and crying)when I was four. I was kind of withdrawn after this, and I think that is why my Grandmother showed up on my fifth birthday with the new “Blankie”. Although shredded, and with the red heart being the major part remaining (the rest is a tangled “rope” I still sleep with it every night. I rup it up to my face, and I like the smell of it, especially when it is cold. It has always given me comfort, and soothed me in tough times. I has bullied a lot through my school years, and my “Blankie” was a soothing keepsake that when I needed it.
    I took the blanket with me when I traveled with my Aunt to San Diego when I was twelve and thirteen (she tried to get me to give it up too,(unsuccessfully). I took it with me on my parents’ boat when we went to the SanJuan Islands. I fear that it will be left behind or taken from me as some “filthy rag” when I die or have to go to a hospital or nursing home.
    I want to go to my grave with it.ReplyCancel

  • jayne - May 26, 2013 - 8:47 pm

    This was my blankie as well! Mine is literally in crumbs now. The pieces were put inside a pillow case and then it got tied shut. I used mine probably way longer than I should have but it was just a part of me. If I pulled mine out today I would still rub the binding just as you had. Mine is now almost 37 years old but still near to my heart! Thanks for sharing the pic and story!!!ReplyCancel

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I have absolutely no idea who this guy is. He looks kind of goofy though, doesn’t he?  And the kid looking out the window – I don’t know who he is either.  Possibly one of my grandpa’s nephews.  I found this picture when I was scanning some old negatives which belonged to my Grandpa Sanchez.  I’m hoping that someone in the family will see this and possibly be able to identify these people.

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I will start with apologizing for this picture. I don’t know if I was trying to be artsy or what, but this is a seriously bad shot.

John C. Davidson was my husband’s 3rd great-grandfather. He was born 24 Mar 1809 in Lynchburg, VA. He died 11 Feb 1869 in Kansas.

He is buried in the Ulrich Cemetery in Douglas County, KS (south of Lawrence). This cemetery is on a private farm. There are not many stones there and I’m hoping to do a tombstone census of it when I return to Kansas this May. I will definitely be taking a better picture of this stone!

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