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!!

03 October 2014

Heartless Husband - 1914 Style

For today's Newspaper Nugget we have a candidate for Husband of the Year!


Plattsburgh Daily Press
October 3, 1914
HEARTLESS HUSBAND
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Sold Furniture and Allowed Wife to go to Poor House
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ABLE TO WORK YET BEGGED ON STREETS
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JOSEPH LABOMBARD SENTENCED TO THE ALBANY PENITENTIARY FOR THIS ACTS
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     Joseph LaBombard, who has spend much of his time during the past few years in the county jail for public intoxication and whose recent acts have stamped him as absolutely heartless, was yesterday sentenced by City Judge Barnard to the Albany Penitentiary for a period of sixty days.
     LaBombard is an able-bodied man, fit to perform any kind of labor, yet spends all of his time drinking booze, which he pays for with money begged from persons on the streets. A few days ago he sold what little furniture there was in his home, and his wife, who is an invalid, was obliged to go to a neighbor's for a place to sleep. This matter was brought to the attention of Commissioner of Charities Utting and he made a thorough investigation of the case. The commissioner and Humane Officer Hennessey then brought the matter before the city court and the same day LaBombard was picked up by a police officer on a charge of begging.
     When brought into court yesterday forenoon, LaBombard made a number of excuses for his conduct and offered any number of promises for the future in his effort to escape the ride to Albany, but Judge Barnard had heard the same excuses and promises on several previous occasions and paid no attention to them but imposed the sentence of two months in the "pen" and the worthless specimen of manhood was led back to jail to prepare for his unwilling trip down the road.
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I laughed when I first read this! The last part "and the worthless specimen of manhood was led back to jail to prepare for his unwilling trip down the road" had me rolling! In today's politically correct media this would never fly but it is so fun to read!!

The city in question is Plattsburgh, Clinton County, New York. I did a quick search to see what happened to Joseph but unfortunately it is a common name in the northern New York area and without knowing a few more details, I was unable to narrow him down.

I hope he learned his lesson and straightened out his life!!


02 October 2014

Name Your Car Day

Today, October 2nd, is Name Your Car Day. As a family, we have had many cars over the years. I don't remember any names per se given to those cars. It was always "the Packard" or "the Charger". For me, my first beloved car was "the Cuda".  A 1966 Plymouth Barracuda with a glass back window.  I LOVED that car!! I wrote briefly about her in Cars - 52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy & History. Here's a photo:

1966 Plymouth Barracuda
My current car is a 1997 Nissan Sentra. Not the same mystique as my Cuda but it's MINE! I have nicknamed her "Lily" since it is supposedly a white car. Right now she's "Dirty Lily". I like to say that it's not dirt on her but a "protective coating"!! I guess before it gets cold here I should give her a bath! Here's a photo of the car during one of our lovely snow falls.  Can you see her?

1997 Nissan Sentra

01 October 2014

The 4th Quarter Begins




Well today is the start of the 4th and last quarter of 2014. I cannot believe how fast this year as gone by. I had so many plans for this year. Most are still waiting to either get started or finished. So far I have taken 3 trips home to Charleston to see my sister, nephew and niece (and brother-n-law). Normally I get down 1-2 times a year but when the airlines have sales I can’t pass up then I HAVE to go right? J I also got to see my godson get married. Talk about time flying! But I was so glad I was able to share the joy of his special day with my best friends and friends I had not seen in years.

So what are my goals for the last quarter of 2014? I have one more trip to see my sister and her family. This time we meet up in my brother-in-law’s hometown in southwest Virginia for a quick visit. Still any visit is a good visit when you can’t get home as often as you want!

I also have to finish a project I started LAST year for my local genealogical society. Our membership roster and surname list have not been updated in years. I ran into more problems than I anticipated so I am basically starting over. Going to use Access to reenter all that information. Had hoped to this project finished by now but life happens.....

One of the things that has delayed this project is my moving of apartments. Had been thinking about moving but nothing serious until a conversation with the old apartment manager. My father always liked to say “What are you willing to put up with?” Well after a conversation I had with the old manager….not much. So I moved. I have always wanted to move to the Frederick Maryland area but didn’t want to do the commute. But I decided why not, you only live once and if it becomes too much I can always move again J

I can’t believe how much STUFF I have! I had it hidden well in my old smaller apartment. But this move is forcing me to go thru things I should have done years ago. I have found some things that I knew I had seen but was beginning to think I dreamed them! Like a picture of my one of my elementary group pictures. I found another box of photos too. Once my computer/office area is set up I have lots of scanning to do!

The theme of this quarter will be fall clean up. I broke down and got a laptop computer for my longer commute. My reasoning is that with the extra time I can work on my blog and my genealogy. I am writing this blog post from the commuter bus. I have to figure out which are the better seats so I can see the computer more clearly. But live and learn….bets the alternative!

So what are your goals for the final quarter of 2014? Here’s hoping we ALL make our goals!


12 August 2014

52 Ancestors: #11 Bridget Agnes Williams Coughlin

I am up to #11 in my "52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks" challenge.  I'm pacing myself .... yeah, that's it!!

This edition features my paternal great grandmother, Bridget Agnes Williams Coughlin (1883-1973).  She used Bridget or Agnes interchangeably it seems throughout the years but it is Agnes on her tombstone.  Agnes was the daughter of John Williams (1849-1928) and Mary Dewan (1854-1916).  She had 4 siblings that I have found. Born December 20, 1883 at Palmer Hill, Jay, Essex County, New York and raised in Black Brook, Clinton County, New York. Agnes married Daniel Joseph Coughlin (1877-1953) on August 22, 1905 in Lake Placid, Essex County, New York.  They had 6 children:  Bernard (1907-1980), David (1909-1984), Ann (1913-2000), Daniel (1915-1977), Mary Elizabeth aka "Betty" (1917-1998) and Thomas (1921-1945).

From the Census Summary Sheets, I was able to find Agnes in all but the 1900 Federal and 1905 New York State censuses.  As you can see she was listed as Bridget or Agnes.  She is also the reason I have started to search those hard to find relatives by their middle names (when known).  You just never know!!

Bridget Agnes Williams Coughlin
Census Summary Sheet (1880-1940)

It's the Coughlin side of the family where I lack lots of photos.  I do have this picture of Agnes and Daniel from about 1940 at the farm in Palmer Hill, Jay, Essex County, New York.

Daniel & Agnes Coughlin
1940



07 July 2014

It's Grama T's Birthday!

Today is the birthday of my (step) paternal great grandmother and a wonderful woman, Elizabeth Ann "Bess" Madden Torrance (1888-1985).  I am behind in my research but I do know her parents were Thomas and Margaret Hurley Madden. She was born in Jay, Essex County, New York.  She had 4 children, 3 of whom made it to adulthood including my grandmother, Helen Marguerite Torrance Coughlin (1910-1995).

Here is a cute picture from 1971 with "Grama T" and a friend of my father, Thomas Raymond Coughlin (1944-1998), along with Grandma Helen's note!


Note:


I just love this picture! It shows that poor Grama T had to put up with so much from my father and yet still had a smile on her face!!

Happy Birthday Grama T!! We love and miss you!!

15 May 2014

Helen Torrance Coughlin - Birthday Girl!

Today is the birthday of my paternal (step) grandmother, Helen Torrance Coughlin.  She was born on May 15, 1910 to Elizabeth Madden and Walter Torrance in Upper Jay, Essex County, New York.

I recently found this birthday of "Grandma C" at her 75th birthday gathering in 1985.  I can only imagine she was on the phone with one of her children!


Happy Birthday Grandma C!!!