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CJ Murdoch
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Bio: Genealogy: 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 my family, both maternal and paternal lines "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 the summer of 2014! If you are interested in help tracing your ancestors I’d love to hear from you!

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  1. Su Leslie says:

    Thanks for following Shaking the Tree. I’m enjoying reading your blog; your comment “oh what I would give for 24 hours and a camera …” resonates with me so much. I miss my grandmother – the family memory – so much. Cheers, Su

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    • cjmurdoch says:

      Hi Su, it’s a pleasure to read your blog; and I love all the old photos. I don’t know about you, but I don’t need to know who is in them in order to enjoy them. I, too, miss many of my family; including my dad. He passed away just before he was 57; when I was just turning 31. I can’t believe it’s going to be 22 years this month. There are so many things I will never get the opportunity to ask him; he would have loved the journey that I’m on today. All the best, Colleen

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      • Su Leslie says:

        Thank you. I love the old photos, but not knowing who the people are drives me crazy. I understand how you feel about the loss of your dad. I’m not close to mine, and now he is ill I feel that I have a small window of opportunity to put things right – and to ask all the questions I never thought of when I was young. Cheers, Su.

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      • cjmurdoch says:

        Sadly, sometimes things cannot be made right. I’m in the same situation currently with my mother; all we can do is our best and know that we can live with that. Take care. Colleen

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      • Su Leslie says:

        That’s true; I always have such high hopes of reconciliation which never quite come to fruition. But, as you say, if I do my best, I will be able to live with that. Many thanks for this conversation; it’s needed today. 🙂

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      • cjmurdoch says:

        I think we BOTH needed this conversation! Take care! 😀

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      • Su Leslie says:

        🙂 you too!

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  2. bytetime says:

    Thanks for liking a post on Geokult Travel. Your blog looks really great so am following 🙂
    cheers
    Tracey

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  3. Amy says:

    Thank you for following the Brotmanblog. I am glad you found me, as now I can follow you as well!

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  4. Su Leslie says:

    Hi Colleen; thanks for following ZimmerBitch. Hope all is well with you and yours. Cheers, Su.

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  5. robbiegael says:

    Hello

    Came across your blog trying to locate headstones for Culmore Church of Ireland.

    I am interested in a McColley family that had 3 early headstones erected (I think) so wondering if you came across any when photographing the tombstones.

    Thanks

    Bobby

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  6. robbiegael says:

    Thanks Colleen – I have sent you a response via gmail. Much appreciated.

    Bobby

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  7. Jacqui says:

    Hi CJ ,
    I live near Burt in Donegal.
    Have you been over to visit Stunning place and part of the Laggan Valley steeped in Ulster Scots History as it was the first plantation site for the Scots and were many passed through for the ships to the New World. I’m sure your Wilson descendants are still here today .
    Best of luck with your research .

    Jacqui Devenney.

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    • CJ Murdoch says:

      Hi Jacquie, I was born and raised in Ireland! 😀 My little family and I visit often; most recently in August of 2014 for three weeks. I spend a lot of time with my living family and visit many burials grounds of my ancestors. We are planning another trip in August of this year. I haven’t made it to Burt yet; but it’s on my list for this summer. We can’t wait!!!! Colleen

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