Monthly Archives: September 2018

52 Ancestors: My Beloved Grandmother Is Closest to My Birthday

Posted by: Eileen A. Souza

Anna Bianchi

I was born on 20 January. In Family Tree Maker, I generated an individual list that I filtered to include all those whose birth date contained “Jan” (without the quotes). Using this list, I discovered that my paternal grandmother’s birthday is closest to mine. She was born on 16 January, four days and many years earlier. This blog post is […]

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Society Saturday – Using DNA to Trace Family: The Basics

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 is on Monday, September 17 at 7:30 PM. Refreshments are available at 7:00 p.m., and the meetings are free and open to the public. Our program this month features Andy Hochreiter, presenting Using DNA to Trace Family: The Basics. Direct to Consumer DNA test kits have introduced an important tool for genealogists and family […]

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52 Ancestors: Working in the Mines

Posted by: Eileen A. Souza

Thomas P. Noble, son of Edward and Mary (Devine) Noble c. 1931

  My maternal great-grandfather, Thomas Noble, was a native of Liverpool, England. I recently mentioned Thomas in my post 52 Ancestors: Back to School, since he held the positions of school director in Mount Carmel Township, Northumberland County, Pennsylvania. The week I am writing about his occupation as a coal miner. While he is not the only one of my […]

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52 Ancestors: Back to School

Posted by: Eileen A. Souza

I was searching for material that I could use for this week’s theme “Back to School” and received a couple of surprises. Of course, I knew my father was a school teacher, but I was not aware that a couple other relatives were also connected to schools. I decided that I would write about what I know of this association […]

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52 Ancestors: St. Edward’s Church (1866 – 1995)

Posted by: Eileen A. Souza

Illustration from “Souvenir St. Edward's Church, Shamokin, Pa.” 1897 booklet. Courtesy John Haile.

For the theme “Non-Population,” I’m focusing on the church that my 2nd great-grandfather, Theobald Meisberger, and his family attended. Theobald was one of the original members and he is mentioned in the St. Edward’s 1897 souvenir booklet. The digital copy that I have of this booklet was provided to me from the collection of John Haile of Shamokin, PA. John […]

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