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Tuesday, July 26th, 2011 08:09 pm
This is another of my recent eBay purchases.


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Back of the photo was labeled.
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And ding! ding! ding!

I think we have a winner.

According to several Ancestry family trees, this was probably a young Lina Blanche Hill, daughter of William F Hill and Mildred Collins.

According to those trees, Lina was born on 24 Jan 1891 in Westford, Crawford Co., PA, and died 31 Jan 1979 in Holidaysburg, Lycoming Co., PA. She married John B Holmes on 27 Nov 1912 in Crawford Co., PA.

So I'm off to see if someone would like to add this photo back into their treasure chest...
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Thursday, January 6th, 2011 05:10 pm
Naturally, found this while I was looking for something else...

A page from the 1920 census for the Catholic Home for Destitute Children in Philadelphia...

A bunch of 9, 10, and 11 year old girls...look how many of them were born to foreign-born parents.

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Wednesday, December 29th, 2010 04:22 pm
Today has been a low-key day for me, by design.

In good news, I am fairly flying along on tracking a friend's ancestors, quite an interesting mix of Serbians (who were Serbian Orthodox in terms of religion) and German Catholics. Most seemed to have immigrated to the United States between 1847 and 1870, with the Vuletics arriving around the turn of the 20th century. Most of them were steel workers who lived in Cambria County, PA. Fabian Kessler and some of his sons were stone masons.

As I have noted with historic documentation on recent immigrants in my own and other family trees I maintain, they left good tracks. Often when I look at the political climate in the places they came from at the time of their departure, I wonder if they were used to being asked by the government for papers, please...


The day has not been without its challenges.

In the last six months or so, my internet service provider - Comcast - has not been providing me with the high speed internet access 24/7 for which I am paying. I mean, if I am going to invest a sum of money equivalent to two of my utility bills each month for lightning speed internet, I'm gonna have it.

Any. time. I. want.

Period.

It took about an hour and a half to get that handled. The email I sent last night when webpages timed out before they loaded paved the way.

Now, we have to decide how much they owe me for all my lag- and down- time...


I had forgotten I'd ordered the Goodspeed's for middle Tennessee on CD.

That was in the mailbox after the Comcast tech left.

I've briefly scanned it, and am ever so (slightly) disappointed that few of my direct forbears made the "who's who" list in 1886. Truth be told, I would not be a bit surprised if William Burris had left owing Lawrence County a sum for back taxes.

I guess he got on the right list.

However, there is excellent background on Lawrence County (and others) that will be useful in putting context to some of the ancestors' actions.

So it's all good.


Had a few minutes of concern about the laptop earlier. Acting strange and then wouldn't shut down to re-boot, so I had to turn it off.

All those files...

It was reassuring to have the DVDs of the complete back-up I did on 23 December sitting on the desk.

And didn't need them...