Interesting Finds

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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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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A Great Genealogical Find – Lord Baltimore’s Receipt Book

How would you like to acquire a copy of your 18th century ancestor’s signature? I found this amazing discovery while browsing around the Archives of Maryland Online website.   The database contains Lord Baltimore’s Receipt Book, MS 174 and Document #911 in the Calvert Papers held by the Maryland Historical Society (1). This document was digitized from the microfilm in a partnership […]

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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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The Tragic Life of Henry E. Weikel, Mt. Carmel Photographer

Posted on February 27, 2015 in Genealogy - Family Photos, Interesting Finds

I am currently participating in the course “Family Photographs: Identifying, Preserving, and Sharing Your Visual Heritage” with instructor Maureen Taylor. Last Saturday, February 21, we had two classes, “Basic Photo Identification and Interpretation” and Fashion Facts and Foibles: Reading Clothing Clues. Both were excellent. Tomorrow our two classes are “Photo Preservation: Caring for Images” and Collaborative Family History: Online Image […]

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Genealogy Mysteries – Expanded

Posted on January 1, 2014 in Interesting Finds

Last year, I published my first post titled Genealogy Mysteries. This post can be found at It provided a summary of the genealogy mysteries I discovered at that time. Since then, I have expanded the list to emphasize individual books and to add new books, authors, and series in this sub-genre. So far, I’ve read all of these books. […]

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Peter Bianchi – A Dilemma

Posted on April 4, 2013 in Family History, Family Photos, Interesting Finds

I sent away for some Pennsylvania death certificates, under the new law, in November 2012. I received most of the certificates on 29 March 2013. The length of time was not a surprise since I had read that the death certificates were backlogged for months. My surprise came when I reviewed the death certificate for Peter Bianchi. In fact it […]

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Sunday’s Obituary – Mary Bianchi

Posted on March 3, 2013 in Family History, Interesting Finds

Mary [Maria] Bianchi is one of my paternal great-grandmothers. Her maiden has been listed variously as Bunt, Bont, Bant, Bonn, Bion, Pond, Bond and, possibly, Bundt. She was born in Bohemia on 8 December 1865. She married Bonaventura Bianchi c. 1881, location unknown and she bore thirteen children, of which ten lived. Maria and Bonaventura were featured in my post […]

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Tombstone Tuesday – Edward Noble

Posted on January 22, 2013 in Genealogy - Family Photos, Interesting Finds

I am very excited I that I finally found the gravesite of my 2nd Great-grandfather, Edward Noble on complete with photo. The problem is that the tombstone is very hard to read.  He is buried in Saint Mary’s RC Cemetery in Mount Carmel, Northumberland Co., Pennsylvania. Edward was born about 1826/7 in Ireland. He very likely immigrated to England […]

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Genealogy Mysteries

Posted on July 29, 2012 in Interesting Finds

I love a mystery.  Since my youth, I have been an avid reader of the mystery genre.  My preferences are fictional, and the sub-genres cozies and historical, featuring amateur detectives in modern and historical times.  I supplement by reading police procedurals, soft and hard-boiled PIs, and thrillers. How does this relate to genealogy?  With my first discovery researching my family, […]

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