Monthly Archives: February 2015

The Tragic Life of Henry E. Weikel, Mt. Carmel Photographer

Posted by: Eileen A. Souza

I am currently participating in the course “Family Photographs: Identifying, Preserving, and Sharing Your Visual Heritage” with instructor Maureen Taylor. Last Saturday, February 21, we had two classes, “Basic Photo Identification and Interpretation” and Fashion Facts and Foibles: Reading Clothing Clues. Both were excellent. Tomorrow our two classes are “Photo Preservation: Caring for Images” and Collaborative Family History: Online Image […]

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Genealogy Do-Over Week 8 – My Strausser Project, Conducting Collateral Research and Reviewing Offline Education Options

Posted by: Eileen A. Souza

I am following the Modified Participant Options for the Genealogy Do-Over journey. I will be doing over my research for my 3rd great-grandfather, Peter Strausser, and his family in the hopes of knocking down a couple of brick walls. My research goals are: firm up my documentation to form a sound proof argument that Mary Catherine Strausser is the daughter […]

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52 Ancestors 2015 Edition: #8 – Theobald Meisberger (1837 – 1900), Good Deeds or Just Deeds?

Posted by: Eileen A. Souza

  I’ve written before about my 2nd great-grandfather, Theobald Meisberger but I have not yet written about this aspect of his life. He has the distinction of being my earliest ancestor to own property. Did he do good deeds or did he just own deeds? Well, maybe both. He is mentioned in an 1897 anniversary booklet for St. Edward’s RC […]

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Genealogy Do-Over Week 7 – My Strausser Project, Reviewing Database Software and Digitizing Photos and Documents

Posted by: Eileen A. Souza

I am following the Modified Participant Options for the Genealogy Do-Over journey. I will be doing over my research for my 3rd great-grandfather, Peter Strausser, and his family in the hopes of knocking down a couple of brick walls. My research goals are: firm up my documentation to form a sound proof argument that Mary Catherine Strausser is the daughter […]

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52 Ancestors 2015 Edition: #7 – I Love to Research Michel Meisberger (1812 – 1878) and His Family

Posted by: Eileen A. Souza

I really do love to research Michel Meisberger and his wife and sons and daughters mostly because of the wealth of information I have been able to find on this family.   The feeling I received when I read this obituary was that of love— almost 42 years of it. I had a date of 10 April 1878 for his […]

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Genealogy Do-Over Week 6 – My Strausser Project, Evaluating Evidence and Reviewing Online Education Options

Posted by: Eileen A. Souza

I am following the Modified Participant Options for the Genealogy Do-Over journey. I will be doing over my research for my 3rd great-grandfather, Peter Strausser, and his family in the hopes of knocking down a couple of brick walls. My research goals are: firm up my documentation to form a sound proof argument that Mary Catherine Strausser is the daughter […]

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52 Ancestors 2015 Edition: #6 Helen Bianchi Ficca (1900 – 1939) (Tombstone Tuesday)

Posted by: Eileen A. Souza

  Helen Bianchi is my great aunt. According to her baptismal certificate, she was born 28 October 1900 in Northumberland County, Pennsylvania and baptized on 11 November 1900 at Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Mt. Carmel, Northumberland, Pennsylvania. She is the daughter of Bonaventura and Mary (Bunt) Bianchi. Helen married Dominic Ficca, son of Nicola and Angeline (D’Orio) Ficca, on […]

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Genealogy Do-Over Week 5 –My Strausser Project, Building a Research Toolbox and Citing Sources

Posted by: Eileen A. Souza

I am following the Modified Participant Options for the Genealogy Do-Over journey. I will be doing over my research for my 3rd great-grandfather, Peter Strausser, and his family in the hopes of knocking down a couple of brick walls. My research goals are: firm up my documentation to form a sound proof argument that Mary Catherine Strausser is the daughter […]

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52 Ancestors 2015 Edition: #5 Will the Real Theobald Casper Meisberger (1837 – 1900) Please Stand Up?

Posted by: Eileen A. Souza

Over the past year, I have been collecting Pennsylvania death certificates from Ancestry.com for my ancestors. So far, I have accumulated one-hundred and twenty-six (126) certificates. In doing so, I have uncovered a huge puzzle concerning my 2nd great-grandfather, Theobald Casper Meisberger, as reflected in his children’s death certificates. Theobald died on 13 June 1900 in Coal Township, Northumberland County, […]

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