Pennsylvania County Maps


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I wanted to share a link with the Library of Congress that provides, among other things, Pennsylvania county maps that might be helpful to those wishing to see where ancestors lived.  Not all counties have maps listed, but for those that do, this maybe a useful resource.  My relatives resided in mainly Northumberland County and the map there, from 1874, listed businesses, real property owners names, coal mining areas, and the township boundaries.


Petitions for Naturalization


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Have you searched the free database at Family Search of Petitions for Naturalization for Pennsylvania’s Eastern district? If not, you might want to have a look and the database is free.  I have family that immigrated in the early 1900s and resided in Philadelphia, so I had a look. I didn’t find my ancestor, but the records that were close had a lot of information on them that would be very helpful should you find your relative.  Information asked for on the petition include :

  • occupation
  • date of birth
  • date of immigration
  • port of arrival
  • name of ship
  • if married and spouse’s name
  • current residence
  • number of children
  • children’s dates of birth
  • where children currently reside

This would be a wonderful find for your genealogy research.  And one thing to remember, keep your search broad to start and work down from there so you don’t exclude records.

Laurelton Village Facebook Page



17882f7a7baf84df1f1f0afd8fc63217_f14  After much commenting on the Laurelton Village census information I posted back in 2012, I decided to create and administer a Facebook page dedicated to the former residents and workers of Laurelton Center. It is a closed group, so if you wish to join, please make a request.  Keep in mind, I just started this group today, so there aren’t many members or much information.  But, hopefully, in time, the group will grow.

Laurelton State Village in the Census


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Since Laurelton Center generates a lot of conversation, I thought I’d post links to the US Federal Census for 1930 and 1940 for anyone to browse.  The links are at Family Search, so it is free to review the census lists. I haven’t stumbled upon Laurelton Center in any earlier census lists, so if anyone out there has, please feel free to pass on those links.

1930 census

1940 census

Search your Irish roots for free

Between March 13 and 17th, Find My Past is offering free access to their Irish records. Now is a great time to explore your Irish ancestry for free.  You will need to create an account, which should only take a minute.  Today is a perfect day to do a bit of genealogy research while Stella keeps us indoors.


How to video from Family Search

Family Search is the largest FREE genealogical research site. Many researchers use their search tools to track down relatives. But did you know that their search tool only represents about 30% of their records? I know I didn’t. So how do you find more information if you don’t use the search tool?  Family Search to the rescue! They have put together a video that will help you utilize their website with more efficiency.

And here’s another thing Family Search posts on their YouTube channel – recipe stories! You’ll see a story of the food item, like Rocky Road Fudge and you’ll also get a recipe that may have been handed down for generations.

You can subscribe to their YouTube channel and get notified of new videos that will help you keep on top of tips they post. When you are at YouTube, click subscribeto subscribe to the channel and if you’d like a notification when something new is posted, click on the bell icon by the subscribe button that will appear after you hit subscribe.

Break Through that Brick Wall

When you’ve been working on your family tree long enough, sooner or later you will hit a brick wall. It happens to nearly all of us. That one elusive relative that no matter what road or path you take to trace their movements, they seem to vanish.

Recently, I read a wonderful article in Family Tree Magazine on how to help break through those brick walls or even find a way around it. So if you are at a point where you need some alternative ideas to get past your wall, then try some of the tips in this article.

Happy searching!

Butler County Resources

Every so often, I research through records online looking for elusive relatives. I also take note of genealogy records and resources that I find worth mentioning here on my blog. Today’s search landed me in Butler County and their local library. The library has an index to over 390,200 newspapers from 1818 to today that focus primarily on deaths and obituaries, however, you might also find citations for marriage licenses, divorces, accidents, court notices and more. The database is located here and information about the database can be found here.

Another database available is the Butler County Poor Farm. The farm opened in 1900 and ended in 1963. They kept a record of everyone sent to the Farm and conducted a census every three months. While the Farm provided a home to primarily Butler County residents, other counties would send people to the farm. You can search Births, Burials and Census and Death records broken down below:

Census A-B C-E F-J K-L M
  N-R S-V W-Z    
Deaths A-B C-D E-G H-J K-L
  M-O P-R S-T U-Z

The Show Me state shows us

It took 16 years and long countless hours, but the folks at the St Louis Genealogical Society did not waiver in their endeavor to index every burial in the city and county of St Louis. The Show Me state shows us what dedication can do!

The list is broken down by cemetery name and provides the location and denomination if applicable. If you have family that relocated to St Louis or your family lived there, this is a great opportunity to find some burial and death information. That is the good information. The sad bit is, you must join the Society and it is for a fee.

There are a few days remaining if you wish to search Fold3 WWII records – and it is free till Dec 31. You can even see draft registration cards, Navy muster rolls, and missing air crew reports.  If you haven’t taken advantage of this free offer, now is the time. You will need to register but the records are free to search, save to Ancestry or download and print.

Merry Christmas to all and a Healthy and Happy New Year.

Dropbox and Public Files

On March 15, 2017, my once public files will become private with Dropbox’s new terms. I can create links to those files and share them with people.

So here is a list of the public files, all dealing with genealogy, and their new links. I shared them here before, but those links will cease to work in March 2017.

1940 Federal Census for Laurelton Village

1901-1903 Boyd’s Directory of Shamokin PA

Odd Fellow’s Orphans Home list of Wards 1897-1920 

June 1940 Bugle Notes, Odd Fellows Orphanage, Sunbury Pa

March 1941 Bugle Notes, Odd Fellows Orphanage, Sunbury Pa

Nov 1940 Bugle Notes, Odd Fellows Orphanage, Sunbury Pa

Sunbury American Newspaper Clippings 1876-77

Internet Genealogy’s Top 30 Research Sites

Any of these items can be downloaded to your computer.  Not all files were created by me but credit remains on the file to the original contributor.