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75 Years ago H. Seigfreid married H. Killian

On November 27, 1938 (75 years ago today) Harold E. Seigfreid married Hazel Alice Killian.  

Harold was born on May 5, 1918 in Shickshinny, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania and he died on 30 Jul 1995 in Berwick, Columbia County, Pennsylvania.
Hazel was born on January 30, 1918 in Salem Township, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania and she died January 12, 1993 in Shickshinny Valley, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania.
Hazel and Harold are buried next to each other in the Sorber Cemetery, Reyburn, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania.
Together, they raised two boys Byron and Howard.  They were blessed with grandchildren and many great grandchildren who were the highlight of their lives.  They were the kindest, most generous people that I have ever known.  
It seems like just yesterday they were both here and we were sitting at the kitchen table eating supper together; those are some of my most memorable moments.
Happy Anniversary Baba and Pop!!  I love and miss you more each day!!

11 September 1911

Seigfreid is one of the surnames that I have been researching; it is my maiden name.  I have always known that the "ei" is sometimes "ie" but I didn't know about all of the Siegfried history in Northampton County, Pennsylvania.

Northampton in Northampton County use to be Siegfried at one time because of the Siegfried family that settled there.
In the last month I have found a lot of information about the Siegfried family thanks to some new friends I have met along the way. One of the most helpful has been Leon Borst.  Through him I have found a Siegfried cemetery, Siegfried's Dale, and Siegfried.  The more I research the more interested...ok infatuated with Siegfried.
In a recent search I found the above post card on Ebay and snatched it up immediately {I just found another one tonight and now it is also mine}.  Under the image of the back of the postcard I have transcribed what the sender wrote.  The stamp on the back of the postcard says Siegfried Sep 11…

How I Use Evernote for My Genealogy.

NOTE: 2 Feb 2014 -- Link updated to shared notebook


Today I did a Google+ hangout on air about Evernote for Genealogy.   Once I watched the video I saw that I was not a very good cameraman!

Hopefully this will clear up any questions you may have.

How I use Evernote for my genealogy.

I use Evernote to store everything including my genealogy research.
You want to use Evernote in a way that makes sense to you.  Tags, notebooks, no tags or no notebooks; do whatever works the best for you.
Notebooks (the blue box)
Notebooks are sorted alphabetically so if there are notebooks you want at the top of your list you can use ! or @ or ~ in front of your notebook title.  In my image, for example, I have my INBOX notebook with an ! in front to keep this notebook at the top of the list.  I use a ~ to keep my GENEALOGY notebook stacks together.  I have an ARCHIVE notebook and in front of that I put an x to keep it at the bottom of …

Signatures From Long Ago

I was on Family Search browsing the Pennsylvania County Marriages, 1885 - 1950 images looking for a marriage license or record for Daisy Pauline Gensel and imagine my surprise when I found my great grandparents on there.  Harold and Hazel (Killian) Seigfreid married 27 Nov 1938.  I was going to look for it but I just had not gotten to it.  The best part is that both of my great grandparent's signatures are on the marriage license application! My great grandmother's father, Byron Killian, also signed it as well as my great grandfather's mother, Edna (Gensel) Killian.

I cannot wait to see what other treasures I can find!

More family matches!

I have a My Heritage site for my genealogy.  At first I did not like it but I think it was because I didn't understand much about it.  I had been getting some smart matches off and on but not on a consistent basis until today when I went and looked at my site.  I have over 2300 smart matches to confirm and there are a ton of record matches as well!!  I am thinking that it just too some time for My Heritage to search for my matches.  Now I'm wondering if a data package would be worthwhile??  I already have,, and  Do I really need a data package for My Heritage??  Is the information any different??

I am, however, very excited about the new connections I am making!!

You can view my My Heritage site at

You can see my family tree at

You can also find me at at http://www.wikitree.…

Cemetery Hopping!

It is now warm enough here in PA to go and check out a few cemeteries!
I'm hopeful that one particular headstone will help with some conflicting dates.  It looks like I am going to journey to Oakdale Cemetery in Hunlock Creek in Luzerne County, PA.
There is a major discrepancy with the birth year and death year for Florence Lewis Myers Hunter.  She was first married to Orel Myers and then George Washington Hunter.  Florence and Orel had at least 7 children and Florence and George Washington Hunter had one son, Willard Milton Hunter (my great-grandfather).  Florence is buried with Orel and not George...I wonder why??  More mysteries to solve!  Stay tuned to see what I find.

A Research Plan -- How and do I really need one??

As I've been working on the history of my family I have been hearing/reading a lot about research plans.  Do I really need to use one??I've been googling trying to find out more.  I use Evernote as my other brain for the things I don't want to forget but know that I will.  I've been trying to come up with a template for Evernote to help with my research.  I think I've finally done it.

The first part of the above Research Plan includes some background information about her and her parents.  Then there is a place for birth, marriage, death and burial information.  In red you will see what I don't have.  One of the great things about Evernote is that I can link to other notes and then when I click on the note link it will take me to the linked note.  (note links are green and links to websites are blue).

In the next part, above, you will see a place for information on Icie's children and below that census information.  I tried using spread sheets to organize/a…

The Great Search

Family Search has added images of Wills to their Columbia County Pennsylvania records.  It does take some time to get through them since they are not searchable but persistence pays off.  I was able to locate the will for James Everitt.  James had a daughter named Sarah M. L. Everitt who married John Welsh.  (Sarah and John are my husband Jason's 3rd great grandparents).  I was having a hard time connecting Sarah to her parents.  I thought they were James and Mary Everitt but I did not have any concrete evidence.

Once I found out about the wills being online I took a chance and looked for James' will and there it was!

In his will he states that his wife, Mary, may have whatever she wants to allow her a comfortable living as long as she remains his widow.  His daughter Elizabeth (wife of Henry Delong) gets $250.00.  His son Asa gets $250.00.  He leaves to the heirs of his daughter Susan (wife of John Auten) he leaves Casper Newton Auten $20.00, Francis Marion Auten $20.00, an…