Western Star Newspaper Online!

I do a lot of genealogy research in Warren County, Ohio. My 4th great-grandfather, Kenneth Anderson, moved to Warren County from Freehold, NJ in 1817 and the family stayed there until 1961. There were two major papers covering this area: The Franklin Chronicle and the Western Star. Neither has been digitized by a major vendor... Continue Reading →

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“Franklin Boy Tells of Fight”

Tomorrow is Armistice Day, and not just any Armistice Day, but the 100th anniversary of the end of WWI. Although I have no direct ancestors who participated in the conflict, my great-grandmother's brother, Omer Hartzell, fought in the marines in WWI. He was discharged as a corporal in the 96th company of the 6th regiment... Continue Reading →

Halloween Memories

Dad: My dad doesn't remember a lot about Halloween as a child, but he remembers going to a corn field in the fall – this was when he lived in Franklin, so under 11 years old – getting some ears of dried corn and shucking the kernels off the cob. Then they would throw the kernels... Continue Reading →

Preservation Preparation 1: Home Survey

I’ve held on to this series of posts, unpublished, for the last few months and this week’s #genchat on Twitter inspired me to finally start publishing them! Objective: To preserve my family photos, documents and artifacts. Mission: To determine exactly what needed preserving, what supplies were required to accomplish the preservation project and to be... Continue Reading →

Pauline’s Cookies

Among my grandmother's things is a small well-worn notebook with a dozen or so recipes written in pencil, many are dated and attributed to names I recognize as friends or neighbors. One in particular was labeled "Pauline's Cookie Receipt." Pauline being my great-grandmother, and assuming I can attribute this recipe to her, I decided to... Continue Reading →

“Tester of Explosives Injured”

My 2nd great-grandfather, James Franklin Straughen, had many occupations during his lifetime from fisherman to carpenter and more. In 1903, he was working as a gunpowder tester at the DuPont munitions factory at Carney's Point, New Jersey. In 1903, Frank was 39 years old and had four children, who ranged in age from 13 years... Continue Reading →

Obituary for Georgiana Lloyd

I have never found an obituary for my 4th great-grandmother, Georgiana Lloyd so I wrote my own obituary for her based on my research. Mrs. Georgiana Shimp, 68, of S. Broad St, Penns Grove, New Jersey died Wednesday, August 13, 1913. In 1844, Ms. Shimp was born Georgiana Lloyd, daughter of Lawrence and Rachel Lloyd.... Continue Reading →

Staying Motivated

Lately I've been distracted and unmotivated. I get home from work and I don't want to work on genealogy, work on my blog, or fulfill some of my related commitments. For example, I am writing this blog post way past my self-imposed deadline. I've been wasting time doing other things instead, things that mostly involve... Continue Reading →

Grandma’s Memories: Part VII

“This is Peggy Barbour Straughen and I am on my way back to Ohio from a family reunion and I thought I would report some of my childhood memories of my grandparents. As I am speaking of this, I am now 60 years old.  Let’s see…” My grandmother grew up in south-central Pennsylvania, living for... Continue Reading →

Grandma’s Memories: Part VI

“This is Peggy Barbour Straughen and I am on my way back to Ohio from a family reunion and I thought I would report some of my childhood memories of my grandparents. As I am speaking of this, I am now 60 years old.  Let’s see…” My grandmother grew up in south-central Pennsylvania, living for... Continue Reading →

Leave No Stones Unturned at Libraries

I have been working in a library’s Local & Family History department for about six months now and in that time I have learned something about genealogy library visits that I want to share with you. Are you ready? Here it is: Librarian’s are not omniscient. We do not hold the library catalog in our... Continue Reading →

Memorial to James Emlen (1792-1866)

This memorial to my 4th great-grandfather, James Emlen (1792-1866) was published in the minutes of the Philadelphia Yearly Meeting in 1867. I have done my best to transcribe the text faithfully, including spelling errors. The long passages of religious musings from James' writings have been included in a separate post: Writings of James Emlen. Testimony... Continue Reading →

Writings of James Emlen (1792-1866)

The memorial to James Emlen, my 4th great-grandfather, which was presented by the Birmingham Monthly Meeting at the Philadelphia Yearly Meeting in 1867 consisted of twelve hand-written pages. Of these, many were only quotes from his writings. I have extracted to this page many of the passages that were included in the original memorial. If... Continue Reading →

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