Strangers in the Box!

“Strangers in the Box”…

Come, look with me inside this drawer, 
In this box I’ve often seen, 
At the pictures, black and white, 
Faces proud, still, serene. 
I wish I knew the people, 
These strangers in the box, 
Their names and all their memories 
Are lost among my socks. 

New York to Londonderry

I wonder what their lives were like, 
How did they spend their days? 
What about their special times? 
I’ll never know their ways. 
If only someone had taken time 
To tell who, what, where, or when, 
These faces of my heritage 
Would come to life again. 

Scotland to Londonderry

Could this become the fate 
Of the pictures we take today? 
The faces and the memories 
Someday to be passed away? 
Make time to save your stories, 
Seize the opportunity when it knocks, 
Or someday you and yours could be 
The strangers in the box.

 Author: Pam Harazim

Londonderry 1

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About CJ Murdoch

Looking For "Dead People"! My Journey Back In Time - Tracing my ancestors and researching the counties, cities and towns where they resided. Taking a “Glimpse” into their lives and stories and the times in which they lived; all in an effort to learn about their “Dash”! “I read of a man who stood to speak at the funeral of his friend. He referred to the dates on her tombstone from the beginning – to the end. He noted that first came the date of her birth and spoke of the second with tears, but he said that what mattered most of all was the dash between those years.” I have always been interested in researching my family tree and “hanging out” in cemeteries. Like most of us... I didn't ask enough questions when elderly family were still living. Oh, what I would give for 24 hours and a camera with my ancestors… just to sit and listen! I'm researching many family lines, including: Murdoch, Wilson, Berry, Love, Scott, Beattie/Beatty, Hendren, Sweeney, Robinson and Elvin; just to name a few. My families are predominantly from counties Antrim, Donegal and Londonderry. However, it seems that many of them, both maternal and paternal lines, originally hailed from Co. Donegal. I was born and raised in Northern Ireland and now live in Ottawa, Canada, making frequent trips back home to visit with my family. Of course those visits also include treks to the many burial grounds of my ancestors. My most recent trip back home was during the summer of 2019! Looking forward to August of 2020 when I will return. If you are interested in help tracing your ancestors I’d love to hear from you!
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4 Responses to Strangers in the Box!

  1. Amy says:

    Wonderful post—and I often do wonder about all the photo albums I have—will people keep them? Will they know who all those people are? I hope so.


    • CJ Murdoch says:

      Hi Amy, I have so many of them. They came from my maternal grandmother, who received them from her parents! I know they are family, unfortunately just not who. Sometimes it makes me incredibly sad and other times incredibly frustrated! It would be wonderful to add a name to the face and the stories of their lives. Someday, I believe; I’ll connect with someone who has the same photos and I’ll be able to name all my “unknowns”! As always, thank you for taking the time to read my little blog.

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  2. JILL LOVE says:

    Love family, Londonderry. I have been researching my husbands gt gt grandfather JOSEPH WILLIAM LOVE, b Londonderry, Records show b1812.marr. cert shows 1818. Father named John Love, no mother mentioned, which I am informed Ireland does not always mention mothers name.
    Joseph moved to Halstead, Essex, England? He spent 12 yrs on a prison ship for stealing. Married Mary Ann Norman in Halstead, she 18 he 40. They raised a lot of children, Cannot find any Irish records. They both died in Peterborough, England. Any Love connection?


    • CJ Murdoch says:

      Hi Jill, I believe we’ve been in touch before. I have no Joseph’s at all in my Love line; I do have Josephs in my Chambers family which are connected to the Loves. Don’t know if that’s helpful in anyway at all! 😦 I had a William James Love in England who married a Jessie McNee; does that sound familiar? Contact me via email if you would like to know anything more. Thanks also for taking the time to read my little blog.


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