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.
While browsing Facebook this eve, some kind soul posted this link to a Google book on early Pennsylvania marriages and I thought I’d pass it on here as well.
The marriages are prior to 1810 but after that, I cannot determine a rhyme or reason as to how they are listed. Additionally, some pages of the “preview” are omitted. Nevertheless, it is still a great resource worth sharing!
A newcomer to the genealogy records family is Record Hunter. Hosting links and images to free records primarily from Pennsylvania, this site is making great progress since its debut a few months ago.
Not all the links work and not all the records are indexed, but don’t let that stop you from paying them a visit and conducting some free research.
For our ancestors, reading the newspaper was how one got their daily dose of gossip, unless they lived next door to a nosey neighbor. And the newspapers were generous in the information they provided – who went to visit whom, who got married, who died, who was arrested, who attended what party, and more.
Sadly, unless you can make a trip to the Pennsylvania State Library, finding historical newspapers online is a bit of a problem. There are a few out there, and free, to browse. Check out the list of newspapers available and maybe you will get lucky and find some information on one of your ancestors.
While it states Pittsburgh/Allegheny area, Don’s List is much, much more. You will find links to many city directories, institutions, yearbooks, census rolls, military listings, guides to help locating information and more. This isn’t just for Pittsburgh and surrounding area, there is information for many states and locations. What this site lacks in visual appeal is more than made up for in content.
My next few posts will deal with searchable databases, mainly in Pennsylvania. Today we will start off with Schuylkill County’s Marriage License database, searchable from 1885-2012. You can also search by a span of years, in case the name you are searching is very common but you have a good idea of when the marriage would have occurred.
If you haven’t visited the Genealogical Society of PA yet, it might be worth your time to do so. They have a vast array of information, broken down by regions (clicking on a region of the map will show you a list of counties in that region), as well as links to online databases and linking up with professional genealogists.
The I.O.O.F orphanage was outside Sunbury, Pennsylvania. It operated for many years, providing homes for needy children. Some where along my travels, I collected three different “newspapers” from the orphanage. They are from June 1940, November 1940 and March 1941. The paper was called Bugle Notes. I scanned the papers, OCR recognizable and offer them to anyone that would like to download them. The originals I am donating to the Northumberland County Historical Society.
If you are a Pennsylvania researcher, you need to head over to Closson Press and check out their wide selection of books for the genealogist, all very reasonably priced. I’ve ordered a few and have found valuable information on my relatives I would not have otherwise known. It helps that the people at Closson are helpful and friendly. I give them two thumbs up!