Monthly Archives: May 2014

52 Ancestors: #22 Margaret Bianchi Socoloski

Posted by: Eileen A. Souza

Margaret Bianchi was born 02 January 1902 in Mount Carmel, Northumberland County, Pennsylvania. She is the daughter of Bonaventura Bianchi and Maria Bunt; and she is my great aunt. Margaret married Francis (Frank) Socoloski on 13 April 1921 in Mount Carmel’s Saint Peter’s RC Church. Their children are Leonard, Jerome, Jacqueline, Ramona and Mary. The only death date I have for […]

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Wordless Wednesday – Drinking Buddies

Posted by: Eileen A. Souza

I am using this theme to post my mystery photos in hopes that someday I’ll be able to solve them. This is a photo of four men. It was probably taken in a photography studio but there was no imprint on the photo or frame. The photo was pasted into the decorative cardboard frame. I believe my grandfather, Candido (Condy) […]

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52 Ancestors: #21 Margarethe Bettinger Meisberger

Posted by: Eileen A. Souza

Margarethe Bettinger is my 3rd great-grandmother. According to her marriage record, she was born on 17 February 1807 in Dörrenbach, Südliche Weinstraße, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany. Her parents are Johan Nicolaus Bettinger and Magdalena Holzer. Margarethe (Margaret) Bettinger married Michel Meisberger on 10 August 1837 in Sankt Wendel, Saarland, Germany. Together, they had seven children: Theobald Casper, Michel, John, Elizabeth, Eva, Magdalena […]

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52 Ancestors: #20 Mary Bunt Bianchi: An Exceptional Woman

Posted by: Eileen A. Souza

My great-grandmother, whom I never knew, must have been a very special woman. She sailed to this country pregnant with an infant and three other children, lived a long life, bore a total of fourteen children of whom eleven survived and raised two grandchildren, all on her own after being widowed at the age of forty. Mary Bunt was born in […]

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Society Saturday – Dig Up Your Ancestors Online!

Posted by: Eileen A. Souza

The Carroll County Genealogical Society’s upcoming meeting on Monday, May 19, 2014 at 7:30 PM features Eileen Souza, PLCGS, the society’s current president and a professional genealogist, who specializes in Maryland research. She holds a Certificate in Genealogical Studies from the National Institute of Genealogical Studies and is the author of “Research in Carroll County,” published in the August 2012 […]

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52 Ancestors: #19 Margaret McGinn Noble and Her Unusual Witness

Posted by: Eileen A. Souza

I know I wrote about Christopher McGinn (http://www.oldbonesgenealogy.com/52-ancestors-4-christopher-mcginn/) and his daughter, Margaret (http://www.oldbonesgenealogy.com/52-ancestors-7-how-i-found-margaret-mcginn-nobles-family/), in earlier posts for the 52 Ancestors challenge; but I recently found some new information that opens up a whole new area of research and I wanted to share it with you. John Lindermuth, author of Digging Dusky Diamonds: A History of the Pennsylvania Coal Region, pointed […]

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Wordless Wednesday – Condy & Leon – Buddies?

Posted by: Eileen A. Souza

I am using this theme to post my mystery photos in hopes that someday I’ll be able to solve them.   I believe this is a photo of my paternal grandfather, Condy (Candido) Furlani and my paternal grandmother’s brother, Leon (Attilio) Bianchi. I have several photos of these two men together so I believe they were good friends. Obviously they […]

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52 Ancestors: #18 Mary Devine Noble

Posted by: Eileen A. Souza

Writing these weekly vignettes really reveals the gaps in my family research so please understand that this is a work in progress. I first met Mary in the 1861 UK census for the Pottery Yard, Newbottle, Durham, England with her husband, Edward Noble, and their five children. She is my 2nd great grandmother. The first two children, Thomas, my great-grandfather, […]

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