Monthly Archives: April 2018

52 Ancestors: My Introduction to Cemetery Research

Posted by: Eileen A. Souza

  When I began researching my family in the late 1990s, anyone who might have had any knowledge of our family was deceased. I was the eldest left (except for my mother’s youngest sister, but she had no information. I knew the given and surnames of my parents with their birth dates, and the names of my grandparents and their […]

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52 Ancestors: Weathering the Storms of 1979

Posted by: Eileen A. Souza

Buried in the snow near Fargo, N. Dakota 1979. Photo courtesy of Eileen Souza

Why did my car end up buried in the snow? Read on to find out. I had always wanted to see a solar eclipse at totality, live and in person, but the Mid-Atlantic weather conditions tended to make this unlikely. After some persuasion, I talked several friends from work into making a trip with me to Winnipeg, Canada, listed as […]

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Society Saturday – History, Records and Context: Researching the Locations Your Ancestors Lived

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, April 16 at 7:00 PM* features Angela Packer McGhie, CG. Ms. McGhie is a board-certified genealogist who loves to study and teach genealogy. She coordinates courses at genealogy institutes and speaks at national and regional conferences. Angela has served as the administrator of the ProGen Study Program for six years and […]

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52 Ancestors: Do You Use Tax Records in Your Research?

Posted by: Eileen A. Souza

Stack of books at the archives/library

In 2009, I had some research in tax records completed at the Pennsylvania State Archives by eminent genealogist, John T. Humphrey, CG (decd.). My ultimate goal was to identify the father of my 3rd great grandfather, Peter Strausser. I first found Peter, with his wife and family in the 1860 US census living in Coal Twp., Northumberland Co., Pennsylvania. I […]

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52 Ancestors: Before Her Time – A Woman of the 21st Century

Posted by: Eileen A. Souza

For this week’s theme, I just had to highlight one of my favorite aunts and the only maiden aunt I could find, Dorothy [Dot] A. Furlani, who was born on 15 October 1913 in Connersville, Northumberland County, Pennsylvania. She was the daughter of Candido (Condy) Furlani and Anna Bianchi. One of three children, she had an older brother, William, my […]

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52 Ancestors: So Many Homesteads

Posted by: Eileen A. Souza

525 W. Girard St., Village of Atlas, Mt. Carmel Twp., Northumberland Co., PA

Thinking about this week’s theme, ‘The Old Homestead’, I realized that I have not found many of the old homesteads of my ancestors, and for the ones that I’ve found, I have very little information. Not enough to really focus on one homestead for this post. I decided, instead, to highlight each of the homesteads I have identified. The first […]

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