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I was shocked to find Mathias listed as father on Reinhard Koechle's death certificate when I expected Thaddeus. After some genealogy work, I'm confident I know the identity of Reinhard's father.
As I worked on my Koechle/Kaechle chapter for the Holthoefer family book, I was shocked to come across a piece of conflicting evidence which threatened to chop off a branch of my tree. For years I'd worked with the thought th...
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Thaddeus Koechle, my 3rd great-grandfather, immigrated from Germany to America in 1851. The passenger list shows his wife and 5 children. I'd always assumed these 5 children were "their" children, though the oldest, Maria, was born about 2 years before they got married. Last week, I uncovered the truth about the oldest child, Maria (also known as Mary).
LESSON LEARNED: Changing the spelling makes a difference! For the past few weeks, I've been working on the family of Thaddeus Koechle who immigrated from Germany to America in the summer of 1851 with his wife and 5 children. ...
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There's a NEW database on Ancestry! Through it, I've already discovered unknown dates of death, a middle name, several maiden names, a daughter I didn't know about, and a conflicting name for a mother! What will you discover?
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I found a great article this week about my 4x great grandmother's sister who was 100 years old! (Or 110 according to the paper.) The article said she recently slept 60 hours straight & that her white hair was turning black again! A very neat article.
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As I work on my Correy family, I found a will for George Correy that went before the Pennsylvania Supreme Court!
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John Vincent, a War of 1812 veteran, was sadly declared a "habitual drunkard" and his father-in-law attempted to take his property, presumably to keep it safe. But, shortly after John died, his father-in-law died, too. So, John's widow sued to get the money she felt her & her children deserved.
John Vincent, a veteran of the War of 1812, was declared by the Court to be a "habitual drunkard" in 1840. He was about 48 years old and, according to the 1840 census, had 8 children living at home including four under the ag...
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I just sent in my final draft of a chapter I wrote for a family history book. How do you share your family's history?
How do you share your genealogy work? For the past couple of months, I've been working on a family history book for one of my lines: the Holthoefer family. Although I contributed some of the research to the main part of t...
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Summer is over here in Texas and I'm happy to be blogging again! My first after-summer post is about the dorm room experience at GRIP: the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh. Whether your're considering going to GRIP next year or another genealogy institute where you stay in dorms, you might be interested in this post. I've included a few TIPS to make your dorm stay more comfortable!
Summer is basically over as school is back in session this week. I had a wonderful summer with lots of travel, but it's nice to be home now and getting back to a more regular schedule. Unfortunately, with all of the craziness...
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Michael Lacopo, probably best known for his wonderful "Hoosier Daddy?" genealogy blog, was one of my teachers last week at GRIP in Pittsburgh. He was gracious enough to allow me to interview him for my blog! I asked about his experience at GRIP, why researching in Pennsylvania is different, and when he'd be getting back to his blog and the fascinating story of searching for his grandfather. I really enjoyed his responses & hope you will, too!
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I listened to 5 lectures on "methodology techniques" which will change the way I do research. These lectures are still available for purchase & viewing until August 16th.
For the past two years, I've bought the video recordings offered by the NGS convention as I haven't been able to attend in person. This year, they offered two tracts: "The Immigration & Naturalization Process" and "Methodolog...
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I'm working on putting together the pieces of my recently discovered Correy family: the most interesting family I've found. But, I have to put together the members of this branch! Some of them might not even belong. A letter to Jane McClenachan is one piece to this confusing puzzle.
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My 3x great grandmother died when my 2x great grandfather was only 22 months old. She was buried near her mother and older brother and other family members.
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