Family History

Another Brick in the Wall Smashed

Posted on February 4, 2018 in Family History

This week I am doing the genealogy happy dance because a Tynesider in England discovered my blog. You are probably wondering why this makes me so happy. Mary, who is possibly a distant cousin, is researching the Devine family, her direct ancestors and her collaterals. Best of all, she lives near Newbottle, County Durham (now Tyne and Wear), England. I’ll […]

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52 Ancestors: Long-Lived and Not So Long-Lived

Posted on January 19, 2018 in 52 Ancestors, 52Ancestors, Family History

For this theme, I decided to write first about my oldest living relative and finally about a group of my relatives who, by our norms today, did not get to live very long. I was very happy to be able to find a blood relative that lived to be 88 years of age and is the oldest in my tree. […]

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CONNACHT IRISH?

Posted on May 9, 2017 in Family History, Interesting Finds

Today, I was reminded that AncestryDNA had released a new feature called a Genetic Community™. According to their definition: “A Genetic Community is a group of AncestryDNA members who are connected through DNA most likely because they descend from a population of common ancestors, even if they no longer live in the area where those ancestors once lived.” I saw […]

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Leon Bianchi: Proudly Serving in WWI

Posted on January 25, 2017 in Family History, Military Stories

My great-uncle, Leon Victor Bianchi, was born on 17 April 1891 in Hazleton, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, the son of Bonaventura and Mary (Bunt) Bianchi. I don’t know when this family moved from Hazleton to Mount Carmel, Northumberland County, Pennsylvania but they appear on the 1900 US census in Mount Carmel. Leon served in World War I and, according to his […]

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The Deaths of Two Brothers

Posted on January 18, 2017 in Family History

Today I was attempting to find an obituary for my 2nd great-grandfather, Theobald Meisberger. Instead I stumbled across a little notice in the Mount Carmel Daily News, Monday, 18 June 1900 on page 1. It was in a column headed Locust Gap News. I transcribed the relevant portion of the item as follows: “A large number of our people attend- […]

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Frank Brown of South Carroll – Carroll’s Only Maryland Governor

Posted on February 9, 2016 in Family History, Interesting Finds

Frank Brown (August 8, 1846 – February 3, 1920), the 42nd Governor of Maryland from 1892 to 1896. was born in 1846 in Sykesville, Maryland. He was a member of the United States Democratic Party. He also served as a member of the Maryland House of Delegates from 1876 to 1878. Brown was first employed by the R. Sinclair & […]

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Society Saturday – Honoring Our Heritage: The Greek Families of Westminster

Posted on October 10, 2015 in Family History, Society Saturday

The Carroll County Genealogical Society’s upcoming meeting on Monday, October 19, 2015 at 7:30 PM features Antigoni Lefteris Ladd. Antigoni Lefteris Ladd is a Westminster native, now living in Gettysburg. She is the owner of Historic Leadership Training—a company she established with her husband, Everett. The company conducts leadership programs based on historic role models—including Lincoln, Churchill, Eisenhower, Eleanor Roosevelt, […]

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52 Ancestors 2015 Edition: #32 Margaret Bettinger Meisberger (1807 – 1879)

Posted on August 13, 2015 in 52 Ancestors, Family History

The theme for Week 32 is “32”. Let’s focus on one of your 32 3rd-great-grandparents. Margarethe Bettinger is one of my maternal 3rd great-grandmothers.  According to her marriage record, she was born on 17 February 1807 in Dörrenbach, Südliche Weinstraße, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany. Her parents are Johan Nicolaus Bettinger and Magdalena Holzer Margarethe (Margaret) Bettinger married Michel Meisberger on 10 August 1837 […]

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52 Ancestors 2015 Edition: #31 Candido Furlani (1888 – 1938)

Posted on August 10, 2015 in 52 Ancestors, Family History

The theme for Week 31 is “Easy: We ended July with “Challenging”, so it seems fitting to begin August with “Easy”. Which ancestor has been easy to research? (Come on, there has to be one!).” For this theme, I selected my paternal grandfather, Candido Luigi Furlani, who immigrated to the US in 1907. All my lines hit the proverbial brick […]

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

Posted on July 28, 2015 in 52 Ancestors, Family History

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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