Gifts for Genealogists Under $30

Genealogists are pretty easy people to buy gifts for. There are so many aspects to the hobby that make for great gifts at all price ranges. Even if they already have the thing you picked out…genealogists love to have backup copies of everything! Just promise me you won’t buy anyone a faux-parchment certificate with their... Continue Reading →

A Letter from Grandmother

I recently found this letter among my grandmother's mementos and I thought it was a fun little treasure. It's the only thing I have ever seen written by my 2nd great-grandmother, Edna Earley Barbour (1875-1961). My grandmother collected stamps her whole life and I know Grandma Barbour got her started. She especially loved stamps from... Continue Reading →

Preservation Preparation 4: Order

The last and final step in the process is to compile your supply needs, place an order and apply the materials to your heirlooms. After the first three steps you should have in front of you documents that contain lists of materials needed to preserve the items in each container of heirlooms you own. Despite... Continue Reading →

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 →

“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I’ve held on to this series of posts, unpublished, for the last few months and this week’s #genchat on Twitter inspired me to finally start publishing them!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 →

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