Transcription: Biographies of John Sloan Smeltzer, Jules Hugg, James Keating (in part) and including Jacob and Mary Shellhammer.

Vandergrift, Westmoreland, PA

The following is my transcription from the original image of page 563 of “The History of Westmoreland County”, in my case concerning the Shellhammers, but mentioning the Smeltzer, Chambers, Meeker, Fox, Sloan, Stidard, Lawrence, Wicht, Theibert, Beck, Hugg, and Keating surnames. HISTORY OF WESTMORELAND COUNTY 563 JOHN SLOAN SMELTZER.   The father of John Sloan Smeltzer, …

Photoscape image editing software is a gem for the genealogist.

Using Photoscape imaging software

Photoscape image editing software is the one photo imaging and editing program I use most often in relation to my genealogy research. I spent my career life creating, altering or designing images, graphics, documents, etc. However, I have found that using the professional level software packages I once used for editing these images for genealogy to …

Catholic parish register microfilms at National Library of Ireland made available.

Parish register

The National Library of Ireland will be making the Catholic parish registers of Ireland available online to the public on July 8, 2015.   The digitization project has taken over three years and will include over 390,000 digital images of the parish records recorded on microfilm reels. The NLI’s Ciara Kerrigan, manager of the digitization …

New OPenn Digital Resources Platform launched online.

Rare books, manuscripts and documents.

Following is an excerpt from a press release regarding the launch of the new OPenn Digital Resources Platform.   Recently I wrote a post titled, “Researching Welsh Quakers in Pennsylvania” about my own research into our extensive Pennsylvania and Welsh Quaker ancestry and listed numerous links for pursuing similar research. Be sure to bookmark this …

Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.org Updates and Additions to 30 Apr 2015.

Family Search.org Updates and Additions.

Following are the recent Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.org Updates and Additions to 30 Apr 2015.   FamilySearch.org Updates and Additions.   Canada Newfoundland Census, 1935 Newfoundland Census, 1945 Nova Scotia Deaths, 1890-1955 Nova Scotia Deaths, 1956-1957 Saskatchewan Cemetery Transcripts, ca. 1850-1994 Costa Rica Costa Rica Civil Registration, 1860-1975 Croatia Croatia, Church Books, 1516-1994 Czechoslovakia Czech Republic …

Transcription: A List of Children at the State House in Philadelphia; June 19, 1761

The old Philadelphia State House.

A List of Children at the State House in Philadelphia; June 19, 1761 By AUTHORITY. A LIST of CHILDREN now at the State-Houfe, in Philadelphia, who in the Courfe of the War, were taken Captives from feveral Parts of this Province by the Indians, and have been lately releafed by His Excellency General  A M …

Learning to transcribe from ‘ye olde englishe’ and latin.

Learning to transcribe old documents.

Transcribing the baptism register from Norfolk, England in my previous post, “Transcription and Translation: Baptism of Elizabeth Stalham and others from the St. George Tombland Church register” was particularly problematic for me, requiring my learning to transcribe from ‘ye olde englishe’ and latin.   I am familiar with transcribing in several languages such as German, …

Historical military databases of New Zealand and Australia available free.

WWI ANZAC military records.

Ancestry.com will open the New Zealand and Australian military collections, and UK collections with information on Commonwealth soldiers, until 2am Monday, April 27, 2015.   An online family history resource is opening its military databases free of charge in commemoration of the Anzac Day centenary. These databases contain extensive information on Commonwealth soldiers, including addresses, …