Follow Friday: Historic Map Works

One of the all-time best inventions of the human mind, in my humble opinion, is the map.  Whether ink to paper or pixels to screen, maps represent reality as seen from the cartographer's point of view.  Beyond the accurate recording of topography and societal infrastructure, map makers convey all sorts of information, depending on who … Continue reading Follow Friday: Historic Map Works

Mappy Monday: Oil and Coal and Gas! : Pennsylvania’s Resources

In the fall of 1864, Ira Sayles, my great2grandfather, penned a letter to an acquaintance.  From his berth in Meadville, Crawford County, Pennsylvania, Ira described boring samples from nearby oil wells.  An excerpt from this letter was published in The American Journal of Arts and Sciences, Vol. 39, in May 1865.  Ira's observations about the relationship … Continue reading Mappy Monday: Oil and Coal and Gas! : Pennsylvania’s Resources

Wordless Wednesday: 1909 Artochrome Postcard of Waynesburg, Pennsylvania

Wordless Wednesday is an ongoing blog-prompt hosted at Geneabloggers.  The author frequently uses the opportunity to share the vintage postcard collection of her grandfather, Donald C. Minor. My branch of the Minor Family lived in Greene County, Pennsylvania for over 16 decades.  Most of that time my ancestors lived on a farm outside Gerard's Fort, … Continue reading Wordless Wednesday: 1909 Artochrome Postcard of Waynesburg, Pennsylvania

Mapping My Ancestors: Where’s Donald?

In 1904, the year this topographical map was drawn, my grandfather Minor, Donald Corbly Minor, was a two year toddler living on the family farm on Ceylon Lane, a tiny road leading out of Whitely, Greene Township, Greene County, Pennsylvania.  Today it remains a tiny road, gravel and oiled to keep the dust down.  I … Continue reading Mapping My Ancestors: Where’s Donald?