Ancestor Profile – Bridget Coughlin

Today is Bridget’s birthday and thought it would be nice to share the ancestor profile I’ve been putting together.

Ancestor Profile – Bridget Coughlin pdf:

Bridget Coughlin lived a short life. She was born in Ireland in 1867, traveled to Philadelphia in 1886 where her older sister was already living, then relocated to Chicago and met and married Joseph McCabe in 1891. Bridget and Jospeh had 5 children. Only the oldest 2 survived childhood. She died in 1898 at the age of 30 and Joseph died 4 short years later, leaving the 2 surviving children as orphans at the age of 9 and cared for by Bridget’s older sister.

Ancestor profiles are timelines for an ancestor and include biographical details, sources, and photos. Chronologically outlining these dates, events, and places can show what information may be missing and where to look next for more evidence. My ancestor Bridget Coughlin’s profile is a work in progress, and now I’m interested to learn more about her young life in Ireland before emigrating to the US.

“Cinnamon Pie”

On a recent antique shopping trip with my sister, I came across a framed, old advertisement for Cream of Wheat and was reminded that my nephew used to call it “cinnamon pie.” Cream of Wheat was a staple growing up, especially on cold mornings. Not many of my friends enjoyed it for breakfast in their homes. The rare times they had it, their families prepared it so differently that it wasn’t hard to see why they disliked it.

Over the last several years, I’ve been sorting, scanning, identifying, and sharing old photos. During one of these identifying sessions with a great aunt, we talked about many things and Cream of Wheat came up. I was surprised to find out that my great grandmother, Isabel, prepared it in the same manner and it became a meal that passed through the generations and down to my nephew, Isabel’s great great grandson. This was always a comfort food, but now I know it was a family tradition that was hiding in plain sight as a simple breakfast cereal.

We prepare it sweet and creamy and follow the box instructions, but we change the ingredients. We use milk instead of water, add a pinch of sugar to the milk instead of salt, use a plate (for faster cooling) instead of a bowl, and top with cinnamon sugar instead of a pat of butter.

PS. Make sure to rinse/soak the pot immediately because this stuff will turn into cement!

What kinds of comfort foods did you eat as a kid and still eat?

Ancestors’ Causes of Death Chart

Thought it would be interesting to see the causes of death and the ages of my ancestors. Sad to see the ones who lived hard lives and died young, and surprised to see the longevity of some others. Completing this chart was a good excuse to dig into these death records. (And double check that I had them!)

2019 Genealogy Goals

Took last year away from the blog to focus on career & (living) family. I’m not a big fan of New Year Resolutions, but it is a good time to refocus and work on old and new goals. This year my seem like a tall order, so hoping to make progress on all points:

  • Continue and hopefully finish scanning old family photos, digitally organizing them, and storing on external hard drives/uploading to cloud storage
  • Slowly but surely re-work my tree with Thomas MacEntee’s Genealogy Do-Over
  • Actually order original documents for close relatives, as needed
  • Write blog posts at least once every other week
  • Finally check out my local Family History Center
  • Attend the local genealogy conference
  • Index digitized records on FamilySearch

Old Family Photos – Friday Favorites Week #47

Don’t overlook those old negatives or consider them trash! Never saw this printed photo, but found it as an old 2.5″x4.5″ negative. Happy to find this because there aren’t very many pictures of Marina and Suki when they were younger. (Left to right: Helen, Suki, Hilda, Louria, Ronnie, and Marina)

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