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My name is Colleen and I find dead people.

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28 January, 2007

Network For Good

You might notice to the left is a new sidebar entry entitled "Network For Good". I read about this today after reading a blurb about Kevin Bacon and the movie game "Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon". It's an opportunity for people to post a "badge" about their favorite charity(ies) on their websites or in emails to friends. People can read the blurb on the badge and choose to donate right from that "badge".

I chose Special Olympics as my cause since I've had a couple of aunts with Down Syndrome who never had the chance to participate in much of everyday life. (I chose a picture of my Aunt Maryann for my badge). I'd also volunteered for Special Olympics in the past, and seeing the participants' joy at participating in activities many of us take for granted is priceless. Consider donating to Special Olympics. Make a Special Person's dreams come true.

You can create your own badge celebrating your favorite cause(s) by going to and reading about the program there.

15 January, 2007

Time to Return

It is way past time for me to pick up my research where I left off.

The other day I was browsing through some speculations I had on my paternal McHUGH line of Nanticoke, Luzerne County, PA. I came across a 1910 PA Miracode Index that listed a Patrick McHUGH living in Philadelphia with Frank GRIFFIN, who was identified on the record as a cousin to Patrick.

My father's paternal grandmother's name was Mary GRIFFIN McHUGH. So I did a search on for a Patrick McHUGH in Philadelphia, PA. Low and behold, look what I found!
This is the 1910 U.S. Census from Philadelphia, PA. Sure enough, it lists a Patrick McHUGH living with Frank Griffin, his cousin. A little further digging on Patrick led me to the 1942 WWII Draft Registration Cards. Not only did I find Patrick, registered out of Nanticoke at his mother's address, I found his brother John's Registration Card. Out of Philadelphia! This card lists John's mother, Mrs. Mary McHUGH of Prospect Street in Nanticoke PA as his contact.

After finding this card, I spoke with my father who passed on the story that Patrick had been gassed in WWI but still registered for the WWII Draft.

It's important to note that, per a notice posted at, the second page of the WWII Draft Registration Card describes not the person from the first page of the searched record, but the person whose listing is just prior to the record of the person searched. So I'd have to find the person listed after Patrick and John McHUGH to see their descriptions.

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