Monthly Archives: March 2018

52 Ancestors: Out of Misfortune, Rises Hope

Posted by: Eileen A. Souza

Obituary of Edward McGinn, “Locust Gap Man Dead,” (Northumberland Co., Pennsylvania) Mount Carmel Item, 21 December 1914, Vol. XXVII No. 43, p. 1, col. unknown

Misfortune is a tricky theme for me. The first thing I did was to look up synonyms for the word misfortune. Google’s dictionary provides the following synonyms: problem, difficulty, setback, trouble, adversity, a stroke of bad luck, a reversal (of fortune), misadventure, mishap, blow, failure, accident, disaster, catastrophe; sorrow, misery, woe, trial, tribulation, tragedy. As I was going through my […]

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52 Ancestors: Lucky or Unlucky in Love?

Posted by: Eileen A. Souza

Northumberland County, Pennsylvania, Deed Books, Book 152, Page 727, Wm. T. Meisberger by William Taby Sheriff to John J. Roach, 10 May 1910; Recorder of Deeds, Northumberland County Courthouse, Sunbury, PA.

Was my ancestor lucky or unlucky in love? I am speaking about my maternal great-grand uncle, William Theodore Meisberger. He was born, the son of Theobald C. Meisberger and Mary Catherine Strausser, on 12 November 1869 in Brady, Coal Township, Northumberland County, Pennsylvania. In 1908, William was a prominent Northumberland county politician and a member of the Coal Township school […]

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Society Saturday – Are You My Grandpa? Men of the Same Name

Posted by: Eileen A. Souza

The CCGS Genealogy Section at the Westminster Branch Library. Photo by Eileen Souza

The Carroll County Genealogical Society’s upcoming meeting on Monday, March 19 at 7:00 PM* features Rebecca Whitman Koford, CG. Rebecca has been taking clients and lecturing since 2004. She has spoken for the National Genealogical Society Conference, Maryland State Archives, and for groups in Maryland, Virginia, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Washington, D.C., and Delaware. She is a board member of the […]

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52 Ancestors: My Great-Grandmother, Maria Bunt Bianchi (1865 – 1944) – A Real Survivor

Posted by: Eileen A. Souza

Undated photo of my great-grandmother, Maria Bunt Bianchi

  The suggested theme for this week is “strong woman.” What a great theme to kick off “Women’s History Month” throughout March 2018. What makes a woman strong? Is it her physical strength, her perseverance, her intelligence, her sense of humor, or her will? As soon as I saw the theme, the name of my great-grandmother jumped to mind. Even […]

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52 Ancestors: The Lonely Will

Posted by: Eileen A. Souza

I am calling this will the lonely will since it the “only” will that I have been able to find in my entire family, prior to those of my parents. This is the will of Theobald Meisberger (1837 – 1900), my 2nd great-grandfather. His daughter, Mary Eve [Eva] Ann Gunther nee Meisberger (1861 – 1941), is my great-grandmother, and Eva’s […]

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