23 February, 2011

I love me some Genealogy!! Hey that rhymes :)

I love genealogy as many of you know and
today I thought I would share my latest 
excitement with you.  

I have recently been introduced to my husband's
cousin in Canada (1st cousin 2x removed)...  and 
to make a long story short...

I had made an enquiry call to a person in Ireland
that I thought might be related and was then 
informed about a cousin in Canada that would
be in the know about the family. And boy was he!!

He was so kind to look at my information
and confirm that we were talking about the
same people.  So many years of wondering
what happened to this side was answered.

Here is some of what he share about  husband's
g-g-grandparents and their 13 children..

The g-g-grandparents remained in Donegal
and many of their adult children moved their
families, including husband's g-grandfather
and his kids, to the United States, Canada,
and Scotland.  A few went to California,
Texas, and New York.

The remaining children who did not move
to the States, Canada, or Scotland mostly
became farmers, and interestingly enough,
their children and grandchildren are still doing
that to this day.  I wonder if it is the same land?
How wonderful that must be!

 Cousin in Canada was also nice enough to
give us the addresses to many cousins 
(That would be 1st cousins x2 removed)
who still live in the same area in Donegal
my husband's Irish ancestor had.  Isn't that
exciting!!  I tend to get a little giddy when
I do family research and this just really
tickles me to no end!

On a sad note, I also learned that the
g-g-grandfather and 1 son and 1 daughter
all died of typhus in the Strabane workhouse.
How these poor people must have suffered!
It breaks my hear to think of it.  I have added

It was great fun piecing all this information
to my husband's family history and I even
enjoyed checking references to make sure
that all this information was correct....

How I wish my family genealogy search was
this easy.  I am really thinking of using DNA
testing to enhance my family search. 

Doesn't that sound cool! (That is a statement and
not a question as you can see. LOL!)

There I go again getting all giddy about the 
thought of digging into more genealogical
research!  I just love it!

Hmmm, now if I could only talk hubby into
taking another trip to Ireland to meet all
these new family members. SMILE :)

17 February, 2011

Derelict cottage?

How about a derelict cottage? A cottage that I
could incorporate one of my floor plans from
previous posts. This is also a much cheaper and
more do-able option for many people who don't
have the money but do have the time to wait it out. 

Makes me think a little. Hmmm, I could hold
onto the land and cottage until I had enough
money to repair it.

It would be so wonderful to bring back an
old cottage that would have been forgotten
and eventually returned to dirt. I would try
to keep it as original as possible with a few 
modern conveniences.

I like the Ballinamore area in county Leitrim
and this sweet fixer-upper has .47 acres with
a view near Aughnasheelin and Ballinamore.

(Price is currently 30k)

Nice amount of land and nice views!  Could
be a dream home one day! :)


How about a cottage that needs less work
but is more expensive?  

If you have been reading my blog you know
that I am so in love with this cottage. I have
been dreaming about it since the first time I
saw it.  It is much more expensive but is truly
what dreams (at-least for me) are made of.  

(Price is currently 79k)

As long as we are dreaming... and you know
how I love to dream about cottages... I would
have to say that If I had the money I would choose
option number 2! It makes my heart skip a beat!
It is my dream cottage and location all wrapped
up in a pretty red and white package!

But....house number 1 has loads of potential. 
If I had 30k and needed the time to save for repairs,
I probably would consider it as a good option for a
future fixer-upper.

Thanks for dreaming with me!


Thank you property.ie for allowing me to use your link
and images.

12 February, 2011

Neil Diamond coming to Dublin Aviva!! WooHoo!!

I am so excited that Neil Diamond is going to the
Aviva in Dublin!!

Y'all know how I love Dublin, west Ireland, cottages,
and Neil Diamond!! So you definitely know how
thrilling it is to think that he will be in one of my
favorite  places. :)

I have been listening to Neil with my mother since
I was a little thing in pampers! (Now I am not saying he is old or anything like that! :)
She would turn it up loud and we would dance
an sing around the house. I even remember sneaking
in the livingroom at night to watch The Jazz Singer
on TV... So dangerous!! LOL!
These are just a few reasons why I love his
music.... reminds me of the happy times when my
mother was still alive.  Good times!! :)

Neil Diamond tickets will go on sale on Monday
the 14th of February. The concert will be June 25th
at the Aviva in Dublin.  

Sadly, I don't believe I will be going. Between the
airfare and tickets I can't justify it with a child going
off to college.  Kinda a shame since we are so close
stationed here in Germany.   

But that is okay!  It is  just neat to know that he will
be playing in one of my favorites cities.

Instead I will celebrate on that date by doing one
of my favorite things... I will go out for the day with
hubby and hold hands as we always do when our
song Forever in Bluejeans plays in the car.