Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Time to Write

Recently my genealogy research has been unfocused. I have found census records here and visited cemeteries there. I have switched from one side of the family to another. There have been small discoveries but nothing that inspired fireworks. There have been days when I have put it all aside and spent time at my sewing machine, finishing a pile of neglected projects.

I need to refocus the time I spend with my genealogy. And I know just where I should direct my efforts. All I have to do is sit at my desk at look at my cork board. Right there, on index cards, is the book for my mother’s family, nicely organized.

Years ago I wrote a slim volume called ‘Remembrances: The Story of the Coyle, Mullane, Gardner & Related Families’. At 130 pages it included family trees, photographs, stories and endnotes. I took it to an office store & had copies made that were bound together with a plastic spiral binding. The limited copies went to my brothers and my children. That Christmas there were big smiles and lots of page turning.

When I look at that that little book now I see how far I have come in learning about the family. Since the book was written I traveled to Ireland to research in archives and to walk where my great grandmother walked. Since the book was written I hired a researcher who sent my Jewish roots back two more generations.

In the years since I wrote that original book I have met and become good friends with my Irish second cousins. We have shared stories & photographs & good times.

I now have more data, more stories & more photographs. I also have a grandnephew, a grandniece and a grandson who should each have a copy of the complete story. What am I waiting for?


  1. I love the use of a "Cork Board" for layout. Does the sub-categories then becomes chapters or part 1, 2, 3 in your book?

    1. Yes, sections & then chapters. You will see in my next 'Time to Write' post.

  2. Best of luck with your writing, Colleen. I also could do with taking a more focused approach - I flit from family to family like a butterfly choosing flowers.

    1. Dara, I know exactly what you mean! It is not easy to stick to just one flower.


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