Monthly Archives: July 2015

52 Ancestors 2015 Edition: #30 Andrew C Gunther (1858 – 1931) – A Research Challenge

Posted by: Eileen A. Souza

The theme for Week 30 is “Challenging: It’s a good time to take a look at another challenging-to-research ancestor.”   My great-grandfather, Andrew (Andreas) C. Gunther, is one of my major brick walls. He is challenging to research on several points. According to his death certificate and supported by the 1900 US census, Andrew was born 11 February 1858 in Germany. […]

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More Genealogy Mysteries

Posted by: Eileen A. Souza

In 2012, I published my first post, which was titled Genealogy Mysteries. It provided a summary of the genealogy mysteries I discovered at that time. In 2014, I published Genealogy Mysteries – Expanded and earlier this year, I published Genealogy Mysteries – Expanded and Updated. Since then, I have been accumulating and reading new books, authors, and series in this sub-genre. For […]

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52 Ancestors 2015 Edition: #29 Christopher McGinn (1871 – 1903) – Tombstone Tuesday

Posted by: Eileen A. Souza

Christopher McGinn is the son of Christopher McGinn and Anna Delaney McGinn and he is my 2nd great uncle. According to another researcher, who has a copy of the marriage license, Christopher McGinn married Mary McDonnell on 20 Oct 1899 in Locust Gap, Northumberland Co., PA by Leo Fair. In the 1900 US census, Mary and he were living in […]

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52 Ancestors 2015 Edition: #28 Edward A. McGinn, Sr. (1859 – 1914) – Sunday’s Obituary

Posted by: Eileen A. Souza

  Edward McGinn is the son of Christopher McGinn and Anna Delaney McGinn and he is my 2nd great uncle. According to his death certificate, he was born 14 April 1859.  He married Ellen T. Hogan and fathered eight children: Christ, John, Edward, Irene, Leo, James, Margaret and Aloysius. He died of heart disease on 19 December 1914. There are […]

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Using FamilySearch to Discover Maryland Wills

Posted by: Eileen A. Souza

Family Search has a database containing many records from the Register of Wills office of various counties in Maryland. It was updated November 3, 2014. This database contains administrative indexes, administrative accounts, administrative bonds, claims dockets, estate papers, executors and administrators, guardian accounts, indentures, inventories, minutes of proceedings, releases, sales of personal property, sales of real estate, will indexes and […]

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52 Ancestors 2015 Edition: #27 Anna Noble Ryan

Posted by: Eileen A. Souza

  I had an interesting find today so this week I would like to highlight my great aunt Anna Noble. Anna was the daughter of Thomas and Margaret (McGinn) Noble. She was born on 9 August 1884 and baptized in St. Joseph’s Church in Locust Gap, Northumberland County (Co.), Pennsylvania (PA). Her uncle, John McGinn and her aunt, Rose Ann […]

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