Saturday Night Genealogy Fun: 3 About Me (And Genealogy)

After not having posted in quite awhile, I decided to participate in Randy Seaver’s “Saturday Night Genealogy Fun–My Genealogical Threes” this week. The series of responses are to these questions:

* Three genealogical libraries I frequent
* Three places I’ve visited on genealogy trips
* Three genealogy societies I belong to (or want to)
* Three websites that help my research
* Three ancestral graves that I’ve visited
* Three ancestral places I want to visit
* Three brickwall ancestors I want to research more

* Three genealogical libraries I frequent (although not recently!)
1. Pennsylvania Room – Bellefonte, PA
– My favorite place to research. The last time I was there they had to drag me out of the basement at closing time. Original county records, microfilmed newspapers, and let’s not forget the Spangler Collection. Top O’ the Charts.
2. Caldwell, OH Library’s Genealogy Room
– For “Small Town, OH”, they have a big-time genealogy collection including microfilm of most area newspapers and many county records
3. Western Reserve Historical Library
– Haven’t been there in awhile, but this is the library that really launched my genealogy career. BA “before Ancestry.com”, I would spend hours with their extensive census collection, not to mentino county histories for most Midwest and Eastern states.

* Three places I’ve visited on genealogy trips (based on names I like to say or that make me giggle)
1. Appoquinimink Hundred, New Castle, DE (now Blackbird Hundred)
– For a name I struggled with for years, it sure rolled easily off the tongue of the staffer at the Delaware Archives. I repeated it for days afterwards. SAY (APPA-KWINA-MINK-
2. Paradise, PA
– Who doesn’t want to be drive into a place that can advertise, “Now entering Paradise”? The only place that is comparable is Intercourse, PA. The difference is a fine line.
3. Numidia, PA
– Numidia sounds like a young, virile resident of Intercourse…or something from a sci-fi movie. However, it is just a little town not too far from Sunbury, PA. They have a quaint Quaker church nestled right next to the Numidia Speedway racetrack. Where the old meets the new, I guess.

* Three genealogy societies I belong to (or want to)
1. Ohio Genealogical Society
– Founding Families of Ohio member…ya, that’s right.
2. Western PA Genealogical Society
– Still have never been to their library :(
3. Jefferson County Historical Society
– ’bout time to get back there!

* Three websites that help my research
1. Familysearch.org
– original records for free for the win
2. Ancestry.com
– original records…not quite free..second place
3. Footnote.com
– original records….trying to finish before Sunday, not gonna make it!

* Three ancestral graves that I’ve visited
1. Henry Ruffner, Fairview Cemetery, Indiana, PA
– I confess, I stepped on Henry Ruffner. In an overgrown cemetery where the grass was waist-high, I bumped into many people at this cemetery…literally. Upon stepping on a stone, I knelt down to discover the gravestone of my 5th great grandfather, who I didn’t even know was buried there.
2. Dr. Alexander A. Staats, Eastern Cemetery, Summerfield, OH
– No matter how long I do this, I still enjoy visiting his grave
3. Samuel Johns, Windy Hill Cemetery, Jefferson County, PA
– A tombstone made of metal? Yup. Both Samuel and Magadalena’s “stones” are some kind of cast metal.

* Three ancestral places I want to visit
1. County Donegal, Ireland
2. Amsterdam, Holland
3. someplace in England :)

* Three brickwall ancestors I want to research more
1. Samuel Johns
– seemingly dropped into Lebanon, PA as an adult. Possibly a son of a Jacon Johns, who after dropping off his son, leaving one record of his potential family, returned to his spaceship with the rest of his family
2. Elijah/David/Jacob Staats
– these are some bricks that all look alike. Even if I could figure out the first brick, I’d like to know where it came from
3. Henry McGinnis
– probably a son of John McGinnis, but some proof – or even just some shaky evidence, would be nice. Plus how can you live in one place for almost 40 years and never own one damn piece of land. Seriously. Some ancestors just have no consideration for their descendants.

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