52 Ancestors: My Earliest Known Immigrant Ancestor

Posted on January 5, 2019 in #52Ancestors

  As this is the first week in 2019, the theme is First. One of the questions that might be answered under this theme is “Who was my first ancestor to arrive in this country?” My first proven ancestor to arrive in the United States is my 3rd great-grandfather, Michel Meisberger. According to his marriage certificate, Michel (Michael) was born […]

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52 Ancestors: A Random Fact Happy Dance Story!

Posted on December 2, 2018 in #52Ancestors, Interesting Finds

I did the genealogy “happy dance” several times this week, and it all came about due to a random fact. Searching my Pennsylvania death certificates to select one for a blog post, I noticed that one of them listed the place of death as Fort Sam Houston, Bexar County, Texas. I had never noticed this before, and I wondered if […]

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52 Ancestors: Emigration – Bearding the Unknown

Posted on November 8, 2018 in #52Ancestors

This week’s theme is Bearded. Alas, after a thorough search of all my photos, there is not a beard in sight. The mustache in the photo below is the only facial hair that I found on a male ancestor. Then I remembered that the word beard is not always used as an adjective; sometimes it is used as a verb, […]

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52 Ancestors: Some Frightening Style Guides

Posted on October 31, 2018 in #52Ancestors

Yes, I said “Style Guides.” For the theme, Frightening, I want to introduce you to several style guides that I use, in addition to the Chicago Manual of Style and Strunk and White’s Elements of Style. They are all written by Karen Elizabeth Gordon. My favorite is titled The Transitive Vampire: A Handbook of Grammar for the Innocent, the Eager, […]

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52 Ancestors: Mickey Furlani Breaks All-Events Record!

Posted on October 8, 2018 in #52Ancestors

According to Wikipedia, “Bowling is a sport or leisure activity in which a player rolls or throws a bowling ball towards a target.” Its origins possibly date to  around 3200 BC in ancient Egypt. For some very interesting and amusing facts about this sport, please see the Wikipedia article “Bowling.” I’ve chosen this sport as my topic this week since […]

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52 Ancestors: My Beloved Grandmother Is Closest to My Birthday

Posted on September 13, 2018 in #52Ancestors

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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52 Ancestors: Working in the Mines

Posted on September 5, 2018 in #52Ancestors

  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 on September 4, 2018 in #52Ancestors

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 on September 2, 2018 in #52Ancestors

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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52 Ancestors: Three Brothers from the Tyrol, a Family Legend

Posted on August 15, 2018 in #52Ancestors

I remembered reading about the myths and legends that exist in genealogy, and it reminded me of the story of the three brothers. There is common folklore that tells of three brothers who emigrated from the Old Country. One stayed in the New World base, where they landed, one went west, and the other south. The brothers, of course, usually […]

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