06 May 2016

Military Spouse Appreciation Day

Today is Military Spouse Appreciation Day. My mother, Sharyn Senecal Coughlin, was a military spouse for the first 17 years of her marriage to my father, Thomas Raymond Coughlin. I remember all the things she had to put with when Dad was gone on his year long cruises. Cars breaking down, house repairs not to mention my sister and I and doing it by herself. We were in South Carolina and both families were in New York so no calling family for help. As I got older, I realized the sacrifices my parents each made in order for my father to serve our country.

Here's a picture from the early 1970's where Dad is re-upping his Navy enlistment.

Thomas Raymond Coughlin and Sharyn Ann Senecal Coughlin
Charleston Naval Base, Charleston, South Carolina

From the insignia looks like Dad was a Petty Officer First Class (E-6) at this point.

So to all the wives and husbands of our military men and women out there....Happy Military Spouse Appreciation Day!!!

22 February 2016

Believing in Miracles - 22 February 1980

Yes, I am still here!! 

But that's not the miracle I am referring to at the moment. It's been 36 years since the "Miracle on Ice" aka the US Men's Hockey Team defeats the USSR's Men's Hockey Team. 

I still remember that night. It was a Friday and I got to go to the local roller skating rink on Old Trolley Road in Summerville, SC (think it was Hot Wheels??). Which is ironic since I only skated a few times, the last time was cracking my wrist. Never skated again but still a great place to hang out! Mom picked me up and when we got home the game was still on. The third period was about to start and the Soviets were winning.  I didn't really follow hockey at the time but my father was really into the game as was my mother so I stayed up and watched. We were a very happy family by the end of the game!!

My paternal grandmother sent us the Plattsburgh Press-Republican at the time which included inserts during the Olympics. Below are the pages of the win!!

Great memories!!

01 July 2015

Happy Canada Day!!

Happy Canada Day!

From the Plattsburgh Daily Republican, July 1, 1939:

To Our Canadian Neighbors:

   The Daily Republican, in behalf of the people of Plattsburgh, welcomes our neighbors from across the International border on this national holiday known throughout Canada as Dominion Day.
   We join you in an International Goodwill celebration, with every desire on our part to make this celebration enjoyable for both you and ourselves.
   We commend our own American Legion Post, No. 20, which sponsored the celebration, our Chamber of Commerce, Rotary and Kiwanis Clubs for their united efforts to insure its success.
   Plattsburgh extends the hand of welcome and greetings of goodwill to you, and fervently hopes this joint Canadian-American celebration will further cement the friendly relations existing between our two peoples.


So Happy Canada Day everyone!!

08 May 2015

V-E Day 1945 - Au Sable Forks NY

The Adirondack Record-Elizabethtown Post
Au Sable Forks, NY
Thursday, May 10, 1945

V-E Day (Tuesday) was quietly observed here, with practically all stores and offices closed. The schools remained in session. If there was any spirit of celebration in evidence it was invisible as few people were in the streets and all the bars were closed. And that was just as well since our nation is still at war and with a people who are even tougher than the Germans. It is the concensus of many that we have a long hard war ahead of us with the Japanese. The mill whistles joined with the town siren in heralding the Presidential proclamation of Victory in Europe Day. Only a small number of men was employed at the mills Tuesday, which seemed more like Sunday hereabouts than a weekday.


20 January 2015

State of the Blog 2015

US Capitol
From the steps of the Library of Congress

Well I looked at my 2014 goals (2014 The Year of Challenges and Basics) and realized I did NOT even come close to making them!!


I ended up moving months before I thought I would. So time was spent on packing and packing. AND more packing. I can not believe the “STUFF” I have acquired over the years. So I am in the process of decluttering. It’s been hard on some things. Others I’m like “why are you even still in my possession”!!

Yes, really my apartment!!

Then I lost my feline best friend of the last 17 years, Cody. He had had diabetes and kidney issues for the last couple of years but I was giving him daily shots and buying prescription food for him. In the end he had a large tumor in his lungs. My vet finally brought “the subject” up. I know he’s not in pain anymore and is with his sister Belle. This is the first time in my life that I have been without a pet for more than a week. When the time is right, I want to get another pet but not now. Still grieving.

Belle and Cody

And here we are in 2015.  I had decided last year that I needed to give my genealogy a spring cleaning. So my goal is to start over in sorts. First taking inventory of items that I have. During this move I have found some things I didn’t even realize I had!! 

After that, time to start fresh in my genealogy program. I currently have a robust database…..but not a lot of sources and if they do have sources not a lot of citations. So I created a 2015 file and am starting fresh. Just one name so far...MINE!!

I use Legacy 8. Love it! Got introduced to it by the now defunct KSL radio show, “Relatively Speaking” with Mary Slawson. Anyone remember that? I still have old podcasts on my mp3 player that I listen to occasionally.

Thomas MacEnteee aka the Genealogy Ninja started the “Genealogy Do-Over” for 2015. When I first heard it I thought GREAT just what I needed. Apparently I am not alone because currently there are close to 3,000 people in the Facebook group alone! I got a late start but thought “I can catch up”. Then Mother Nature was decided to give me the nasty office cold (but not the office flu thank goodness!). And then she followed it up with a massive migraine. So then I was a few weeks behind already.  At this point, I am following the process of others and seeing what they have had success with and adapting it to what I want to do. I would highly recommend checking out not only the Facebook group but Thomas’ websites, GeneaBloggers and High-Definition Genealogy, if you are interesting in getting a fresh start on your genealogy or if you just want some tips and pointers on enhancing what you have!!

Step One for me, figuring out what I have. This will also help in my decluttering process as I am consolidating boxes and space. I am giving myself the first quarter of 2015 to complete this task. By the end of March I WILL know what I have in my possession and what I still need/want/desire to get. 

So here comes 2015 .... ready or not!!!

12 November 2014

Raymond Abraham Duprey - Obituary

Raymond Abraham Duprey (1904-1920)

Adirondack Record
November 19, 1920

After an illness of only four days, Raymond Duprey, youngest son of Elmer Duprey, died at his home in Swastika Nov. 12. His death was caused from diabetes, the result of the “flu” three years ago.

He was apparently as well as usual until Saturday morning when he said he was very weak.  Medical aid was obtained at once but the physicians gave no hopes for his recovery. Although only sixteen years old he was a very popular young man.

He is survived by his father, five brothers, Orril of Au Sable Forks, Wilfred, Wilbur, Edward and Chester of Swastika, and three sisters, Miss Addie of Newport, R.I., and the Misses Florence and Valedia, who reside at home. His mother died eight years ago. He was buried in the family plot at Black Brook. The pall bearers were Peter LaDuke, Leo Douglass, Joseph and Edward Carmel, Mose and John Betters, all friends of the young man.

Mr. Duprey and family have the sympathy of the entire community. They extend thanks to all who so kindly assisted them in their recent bereavement.

Raymond was my first cousin twice removed. He was also a fellow Pisces having a birth date of 13 March 1904.  He was only 16 years old when he died. 

07 October 2014

Tech Tuesday - Maple Stars and Strips Podcast and Website

Maple Stars and Stripes

By Flanker
Via Wikimedia Commons
If you have French-Canadian roots, I highly recommend the new podcast by Sandra Goodwin called Maple Stars and Stripes. She not only examines the types of records we encounter with our French-Canadian research but also language tips. Her language tips alone have given me ideas of where to go next with my brickwall maternal 2nd great grandmother, Delia Pacquette/Pockett Sharrow.  Check out her website, www.maplestarsandstripes.com , for the show notes.  You won’t be disappointed!!