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Publication Date

The Colberts and The Whelans should be ready for shipping in November 2019.

Price

$57.50, includes shipping with media mail in the USA.

Please contact me at colbertwhelanbook@gmail for cost of shipping outside USA.

Limited Printing. Order Soon To Reserve Your Copy.

To order print out  the order form at this link:  The family history of the Colberts and the Whelan

 

P.S. I have tried to respond to everyone who contacted me and to put your names on a spreadsheet. If you provided an email address you should be getting a flyer shortly. If you don’t, please let me know.

If you didn’t get a response, I apologize, if I don’t respond immediately (and sometimes I can’t, email sometimes gets lost.

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Almost finished!!!!

It’s been years in the making, but I finally have a date that the book should be delivered: October 2019.

Here’s the timeline:

  • Now until August – Finish, review, format, etc all parts of the book.
  • July 20 – get a count of number of pages, number of books to order, and finalize all the details on the book with the company that will publish it (more information below) This is also when my first deposit is due.
  • July 31 – August ? – Work with the company to get the book ready for the printer.
  • August/September – proof copy – last chance to correct any mistakes
  • October – delivery

I will be using Otter Bay Books. This company is known for its family history books and I have seen several samples. I also corresponded with another family genealogist who had a book published with them a couple of years ago. One of the advantages of working with them is the coaching and advice. Even though I don’t have a contract with them yet I have talked to Ann Hughes and Kate Boyer several times and they have helped me with some of the challenges of putting a book like this together.

Some details:

  • Foil stamped hard cover
  • Fully indexed
  • Fully sourced.
  • More than 500  pages
  • Lots of photos – (I haven’t counted but more than 200)
  • Title page will have a Celtic border designed by my niece Kate Forman Ortiz.
  • Two illustrations by Kate:
    • The Whelans in 25 Douglass Street.
    • The Colberts in East Harlem

Here’s a peek at  the book

Sample from book

A few pages from the book:  photographs of some things that belonged to Annie Shanley Whelan, a Chapter on the family of my grandfather’s mother; and a page from the World War II log of my Uncle Joe.

If you are interested, please complete this form This will be a one time printing, not a print on demand. I can’t buy or store extra copies, so once the order goes in there won’t be another chance to buy a book.
Please pass this information on to anyone you think might be interested.
As soon as I have the final details I will post here, and on Facebook. If you completed the form look for an email from my sister Liz, who is handling the book orders.
Thanks for your patience.
Mary

 

 

Back to work

I had planned a post on “What’s Taking So Long?” to show some of the steps required to get the book ready for printing.

Before I started that there were a few delays:

Christmas

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Once December arrives Christmas preparation takes over. I did four Shutterfly photo books this year.

Sick Computercomputer

My computer has been ill and it seems to be a chronic illness which may require a visit to the computer doctor. It just refused to work, so I let it take a Christmas break and then did some cleaning and stuff to the extent of my knowledge (limited). It’s been working, but still shows signs of illness.

P.S. Does anyone know what that building is? It’s part of the Colbert family history. It was  torn down as part of the Columbia University expansion in Manhattanville. It’s on my screen because I had somehow hit a button in the picture and have no idea how to change it. I look at it and wonder what it was like when it was first built in 1896. I don’t think it was orange.

Details, details

There’s a lot to be done to put the book together. I’ve been cleaning up the index. I am a fan of indexes and always check the index of a non-fiction book. Some are good, some are bad. I used to be critical of some indexes. I’m not now, not after indexing my book. It is very easy and very hard. Tagging the names and places to be indexed is simple. Getting it perfect, not so much. Here’s an example:

index

See how Anne Getty is on two lines instead of combined into one. OOPS! I forgot to put a space between the b. and 1890. This one was simple to find and tedious to fix. (They’re all tedious to fix.) Some I will stare at, enlarge, and still not see the mistake. The fastest way to fix these is to delete the offending tag and do it over. 

The index is 11 pages long, and I finished the review and the fixing today. I’m sure if I check it again in a few days I will find something wrong with it. I apologize in advance for the mistakes in the index. 

 

 

The Book – Update

It’s getting closer – for real. What’s next?

  • In about a week I will print the “final” draft. Once that’s reviewed and updated
  • I will break the large document into sections, format, and insert the photographs.
  • The photographs: I have a lot and some of them are in poor condition. I will fix as many as I can, as best as I can.

My sister Liz and I have set up an email address just for the book: ColbertWhelanBook  AT gmail.com. Just change the AT to @ – I want to avoid spam. If you want to get email updates send an email or fill out the form at The Book

What’s in the book?

Here’s part of the Table of Contents.

Table of Contents

Plus

Table of Contents 3

But wait, there’s more:

Uncle Vincent Whelan wrote two letters in the 1980s describing his experience in the Army. I combined the letters. Here’s an excerpt:

You can’t image what a death wish our instructors had. Here we were guys from New York, all we knew about horses was that they were good for pulling coal, milk and vegetable wagons. The instructors knew that during daily drills half the troop was yelling, “Whoa boy, please whoa,” as the horses galloped through the state of Kansas. The other half were unseated just as they got on their horses. We could have shot our officers and our horses because we did not know how to shoot, let alone ride a horse.

Vincent Whelan Fort Riley

 

Uncle Joe Colbert joined the Navy before the war started along with two of his cousins, Bill Rogers and Gerard Rutan. He kept a log until March 1942  when, “A notice went up on the bulletin board to discontinue using a diary of any sort for the duration of the war while on this ship – so I’ll have to knock off. So long until after the war, 21 March 1942.”

At sea Sun – 9 Feb 1942 – We arrived in Jamaica Friday morning and left Friday night for a rendezvous at sea north of Cuba. There we will relieve a convoy of troop transports from two destroyers. Our duty will be to escort them to South America. Enroute we thought we had picked up a submarine but it was only a school of fish. I sure hope we do run into one tho. Boy wouldn’t I like to catch one of them on my fantail. FINIS

Joe Colbert white uniform

Back to work.

I’m not researching!

There comes a time when writing a family history book that you have to stop researching. I am in the final phases of the Colbert-Whelan Family History book and I am putting aside interesting leads for future research. I researching a little to  “fill in the blanks” as I review the book.

My grandfather, James Whelan, had a first cousin named Thomas Phelan, born in 1891. The names may seem different, but in Ireland in the 19th century everyone used the names Whelan and Phelan interchangeably.

With all the new Irish records available I easily located marriage and death records for most of his brothers and sisters, but couldn’t find Thomas. A quick check of Ancestry found that he had emigrated to the United States in 1916.

Thomas Whelan PAR 1916 1

Thomas Phelan, occupation: Ecclesiastical Studies

Thomas Whelan PAR 1916 2

Going to; Uncle, Father Wm. Ryan, St. Leo’s, Denver, Col.

Maybe Thomas had planned to be a priest, but he married in 1928 and had two children. He remained in Denver.

Who is Father William Ryan????

He wasn’t Thomas’ uncle – his mother’s name was Murnane, but his paternal grandmother’s name was Ryan, so maybe he was a cousin. This is on the list for further research.

Googling Father William Ryan (actually O’Ryan)  and St. Leo’s Roman Catholic Church resulted in a lot of hits.

Father O’Ryan was well known in his day. He was born in Cashel, County Tipperary in 1861 and became a priest in 1885. He left for Colorado not long after where he became the pastor of St. Leo’s.

He was known for his writing, his oratorical skills, and his charity work. Among the organizations he was instrumental in forming were the Hospital Association for the care of the sick poor and the Colorado State Tuberculosis Society. He was a member of the Colorado State Board of Charities and Correction.

In 1887 he helped found the Charity Organizations Associations. This was the start of the United Way.

FAther Oryan united way

He died in 1940 and is buried in Mount Olivet Cemetery.

photo of father oryan

THE BOOK

So what is happening with the book? It’s close to finished. I’m reviewing each chapter and finding weird typos (and fixing them). I’ve been in touch with some cousins and will be in touch with more to double check the information I have about their grandparents and great grandparents. And I’ve been trying to fixing photographs as best I can. 

MIchael before and after

Michael Colbert, U.S. Army, World War II. I cleaned it up a bit and cropped it.

James Colbert before and after

James Colbert (1895-1943), my grandfather’s brother

 

Another project – taking pictures of some items we have that belonged to my grandparents.

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Teapot owned by Annie Shanley Whelan

Stay tuned for more information on the book.

Today would have been my mother’s 100th birthday and she would have enjoyed a big celebration. Here’s a video I made for her 90th Birthday party in 2008.

“THE BOOK”

I had planned to have the family history book completed by today, but I missed that deadline. It WILL be completed in her birthday year – 2018. Target date now is September to have ready for the printer.

What have I been doing? reviewing and editing, with the help of my sisters. Updating the genealogical summary with the help of my many cousins. Some are “new” cousins I’ve met since I started writing the book.

Fixing the photographs for the book. I’m also getting some more photographs from cousins. To paraphrase the old Girl Scout song: “Find new cousins, and keep the old, one is silver and the other’s gold.”

I have created a list of objects to photograph – some large, most small – they include: an Al Smith campaign button my Aunt Bessie (Shanley O’Hara) had; my grandmother Colbert’s locket; my grandmother Whelan’s Irish accordion; and much more.

Happy Birthday Babsie

A few pictures of her through the years.

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Babs 001Babs and Larry099

Babs dental office

Babsie – dental hygienist

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Babs 006

Larry Colbert in the Navy

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Babs with her grandchildren and great-grandchilren.  Christmas 2007.

The Countdown

I haven’t posted in a long time, but I have been busy. The book won’t be printed by my mother’s 100th birthday, but it will be well on it’s way to completion. I am now in “production” mode.

The draft is done and my sisters are reviewing it. I’m busy formatting the book. I finally figured out how to set up styles and templates in MS Word and have prepared a template. It wasn’t as hard as I thought, but I will have to be careful when I start transferring the draft into the template. It’s the kind of computer project where one change in one section can mess up other sections, and then you have to figure out where  you messed up. The good news is, I think I know where most of the mess ups can occur.

 

I have to avoid the temptation to research, but who could resist the newly uploaded indexes to Archdiocese of New York’s baptisms and marriages? And what did I find, after 40 years of looking? my grandmother’s baptism, with her birth date. I should have had this information years ago. I called St. Augustine’s and they told me they couldn’t find anything for her.

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Johanna (Josephine) Ryan Colbert, born January 4, 1888, baptized January 11, 1888, at St. Augustine’s Church, Bronx

For now I will prepare the photographs for input into each section. I’ve scanned most of the old photographs, but I have to photograph objects – like my Aunt Nan’s christening gown, and my grandmother’s accordion. For that I need my tripod and that requires a search of my house. It’s in a safe place, but I know not where.
I can do basic fixes on Photoshop Elements. I can’t fix everything, and I can’t make the pictures look new, but I will try to improve them.

Working on Aunt Joan

Here’s one I’m working on. This is my Aunt Joan, I think it’s her high school graduation picture. Most pictures in the book will be black and white, so that means converting photos that have any color.

James Whelan compare

James Whelan, 1907. This one could use more work, but it’s complicated. At least you can see him better.

 

John Colbert compare

John Colbert (1858-1899) A third cousin fixed this one for me.

For more damaged photographs I may use a wonderful Facebook page where volunteers help to restore old photos.