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Sometimes sharing my work, sometimes musing on topics that have come to my attention, I blog about my life as an artist at Diane Duncan Art. Part diary, part conversation, I welcome the response of readers to my words.

I have recently added a new page and category Looking Back – Family & Community especially for those who might be interested in genealogy, family history and local history. It springs from a deep interest in the lives of those who have gone before and a desire to preserve their story for future generations.

Reigniting my Blog Once Again!

Posted by on December 3, 2016 in Featured Flag, This And that! | 0 comments

Reigniting my Blog Once Again!

After major computer problems (two 8G sticks of RAM memory replaced), two bouts with human viruses, a month of travel and a tight art show deadline I am going to once again get back to my blog! In the near future I hope to have some website updates and to separate my art and my genealogy postings but for now they will both appear in my Diane Duncan Art Blog.  That said we are into the Christmas anticipation mode with a six year old visiting frequently! As well as my current art activities I am going to share travel pictures from our recent...

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Poole Family Settlement Locations in Wexford

Posted by on September 27, 2016 in Community & Family History, Featured Flag | 2 comments

Poole Family Settlement Locations in Wexford

Research notes Where did the Poole family settle in Wexford? On June 30 1922, during the Irish Civil War, the Public Records Office of Ireland, located at the historic Four Courts in Dublin, was severely damaged by fire resulting in the loss of a huge number of records. The 1881 and 1891 census were pulped during the First World War, probably because of the paper shortage. These are just a couple of the reasons why tracking Irish ancestry has been so difficult. Today copies of original documents are slowly emerging from the vaults of local...

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The Palatine Pooles – From Germany to Ireland

Posted by on September 26, 2016 in Community & Family History, Featured Flag | 2 comments

The Palatine Pooles – From Germany to Ireland

Choosing the most likely of the three options for my first in-depth look at history I needed to learn more about the Palatine Pooles. I discovered a website that focused on the Hartrick family, another family from this group. The name caught my interest because John Hartrick married Susanna Poole in Ossory in 1807.John George and George Hartrick were among the families who settled in Old Ross. Lester J. Hartrick, a Chicago descendant has documented his family’s story.[i] From the Palatine The families that eventually settled on the estates of...

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The Poole Family Connection

Posted by on September 25, 2016 in Blog Posts, Community & Family History, Featured Flag | 0 comments

The Poole Family Connection

My Great Grandmother was Alice Charlotte Margaret Poole who married John Ferrier 24 Mar 1886. Until recently I’d not thought much about this family connection but a phone call, out of the blue, from an acquaintance of long ago, age 91, started me thinking about it. I can go back to my2G grandfather and 3G grandfather, and identify their family members without too much trouble, but there the trail starts to get muddy. My interest is in the story of these people so I have spent considerable time of late trying to use some ‘barebones’...

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Attack on My Someday Pile!

Posted by on September 12, 2016 in Featured Flag, This And that! | 1 comment

Attack on My Someday Pile!

  I disappeared for a few days… to my sewing machine!  Every September, after a summer of this’s and that’s, I have a mind that dances all over and has trouble settling on art priorities and letting me get down to business. I’ve discovered a bit of a pattern developing. I turn to my Someday pile.     In 2013 I spent the summer making quilts – I think it was seven quilts to be exact that I completed before turning to my art ! I think that summer was thinking time as I tried to find a focus for my...

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Lanark County Junior Farmers – Some of the Firsts!

Posted by on September 7, 2016 in Community & Family History, Featured Flag | 0 comments

Lanark County Junior Farmers – Some of the Firsts!

As new information becomes available – For the moment I jump to 1944 and a report of the Ramsay Unit of the Ontario Federation of Agriculture (OFA) meeting in Appleton. From the Almonte Gazette:  In addition to a speaker from Renfrew County who spoke of the need for farmers to unit behind the OFA to get better prices for their crops, Alex Stewart, Past President of the Appleton Junior Farmers gave a report about the Lanark County Junior Farmer organization and The work of these clubs – “A recreational and an educational...

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