Library Love

Going to take a moment here this Friday morning to give a shout out to all the genealogical communities scattered in counties and municipalities across the country, and around the world. Yesterday I traveled down Route 11, crossing the Susquehanna River at Plymouth, and dodged potholes on the San Souci Highway.  A right turn at … Continue reading Library Love

Put Procrastination On A Shelf

In 1887 Martin Corrigan was granted a Certificate of Service by the Pennsylvania Mine Foreman Examining Board, an alternative certification which recognized men who had served as mine foremen for at least one year prior to the 1885 Mine Safety Act9 . Martin Corrigan did not own this book in order to take the Mine Foreman Exam himself. Martin may have originally purchased the book for his own private library, consulting its contents in his role as mine boss for Augustus S. Van Winkle's Milnesville collieries. But Martin also loaned this book out. The words "Please Return" were found inside the front and back covers.

Tuesday’s Tip: Local Servers Aren’t Always Computers

Chances are that you, family historian, live within reach of a local genealogical server, an organization that is dedicated to preserving your sanity, as you preserve your family's stories.  These genealogical societies can host educational events, house regional history archives, and provide encouraging words during even the most discouraging of times. My local server, The … Continue reading Tuesday’s Tip: Local Servers Aren’t Always Computers

Tuesday’s Tip: Location, Location, Location

Local Societies Have the Location        Most family historians, I would dare say, do not live close to the towns, farms and churches of our ancestors.  Fortunately, somebody else does.  Their location is prime real estate for your genealogical searching.  Try this: in your search engine type the name of the county and … Continue reading Tuesday’s Tip: Location, Location, Location