Wednesday, November 27, 2013

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!!

Friday, September 13, 2013

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 1911 4PM {stamps were only 1¢!?!?}.  Another interesting thing is that it appears to have been printed in Scranton, Pennsylvania which is only about an hour from where I currently live and about a half an hour from where I grew up.  The image on the front is of  Miller's Department Store on Main St. looking north.

A few days ago I was luck enough to find pdf file that is 13 pages total of a map of Northampton, (including Siegfried) Northampton County, Pennsylvania.  {I found the map at Penn State's online Library in the Digital Collections}. The best part...it is dated 1911!!  Thanks to this map I am almost certain that I am going to be able to place where Miller's Department store was.

When I first started my genealogy journey I thought it was about people's names and date of birth and date of death but it has turned out to be so much more, and I am extremely happy about that!  It has been great learning about new places and the people in those places.  I'm sure there are going to be many more stories to come from the Siegfried adventure!

In the meantime, if you come across any postcards or pictures of Siegfried, PA please please let me know!

Friday, July 26, 2013

How I Use Evernote for My Genealogy.

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

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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 my list.

Tags (the orange box)

Tags also sort alphabetically and the same characters can be used in front of your tag names.

Shortcuts (the green box)

I use shortcuts to hold notebooks and tags that I use the most often.  In Evernote 5 (beta) you click on a notebook or tag and drag it to the Shortcuts section to save your shortcut.

My Notebook Stacks (the blue box)

!INBOX -- This is my default notebook.  Anything that gets clipped with the webclipper or that is automatically put into Evernote goes here for processing.  I go through this notebook daily to process what is in there.

!TO DO -- This is where my research log, my historical society to do list, database maintenance list, my Shannon Thomas Photography to do list, and my household bill lists reside.

~GENEALOG~ -- There are two notebooks in this stack and they are DOCUMENTS and RESEARCH PLANS.

~GENEALOGY RESOURCES~ -- This notebook stack is broken down in to books, CCH&GS, legacy, maps, places, and resources.

~GENEALOGY TRAILS~ -- This is a volunteer genealogy group that I belong to and I am the county host for Columbia and Montour counties in Pennsylvania.  Each county has its own notebook in this stack and everything pertaining to these two counties goes in their notebooks.

CRAFTS, FOOD, PHOTOGRAPHY -- These are more notebooks stacks pertaining to different aspects of my life.

SHARED -- This notebook stack is where my shared genealogy notebook is and some other shared notebooks that I belong to.

TEMPLATE -- This notebook houses all of my Evernote templates and I have either made or downloaded from the web.  I copy these notes to whatever notebook they go in when I need to use them.

xARCHIVEx -- This notebook stack holds notes that I am not presently using but may need to refer to at some point.

My Tags (the orange box)

Every note that I place in Evernote gets a tag; usually multiple tags.  Evernote has a great searching feature and it can find what you are looking for with no problems.  (Searching is a whole blog post on its own).  As long as my notes have tags I can find them no matter what notebook they are in.

In my shared Evernote notebook there is a blank research log, an example of a research log, a bland research plan and an example of a research plan.  Feel free to use these and adapt them to fit your needs.  You can find them at Evernote in my shared Genealogy notebook.

If there are any more questions please post them here and I will do what I can to help you find your way through Evernote.




Friday, July 12, 2013

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!





Wednesday, June 12, 2013

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 ancestry.com, Genealogybank.com, and fold3.com.  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 http://www.myheritage.com/site-199052461/thomas-seigfreid.

You can see my ancestry.com family tree at http://trees.ancestry.com/tree/48698875/family?cfpid=20145262727&selnode=1

You can also find me at wikitree.com at http://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Special:Home

Happy cousin finding!!

Monday, April 22, 2013

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.

Sunday, March 31, 2013

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/analyze information but I didn't like that I had to go between so many different ones to have all the information that I wanted.  I like having it all in one document.  As I find more information I add to my research plan.  Below the census information there is another table for other information like church records, military, probate records, land records and local history.



The last part of my research plan is my favorite.  The problems section and the research log!  Now as I continue my research I can list my problems and the steps I need to take to solve them all in one location.  As new problems arise I simply copy and paste my problems table to create another one below the first one and fill it in.

One of the great advantages or using this research plan is that I can always see what I'm working and where I left off since "real life" always gets in the way of research time.

Yes, I do need a research plan to keep me on track and to remind me where I left off.  Is it perfect? No, but it is working for me right now.

I've created a shared notebook in Evernote so you can get my research plan for your self and I included Icie's research plan as well.  You can get the research plan by going here.  Feel free to tweak it to suit your needs.

If you have any additions please let me know.


Sunday, March 3, 2013

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, and Allen Cotner Auten $20.00 which they cannot have until they are 21 years of age.  His son Moses gets $50.00.  His daughter Sarah (wife of John Welsh) is given 10 acres of land off the northwest end of his farm which he values at $120.00 and $130.00 in cash.  His son Elijah's heirs, William Henry Everitt and Francis Marion Everitt get $150.00 each but not until they turn the age of 21.  His son Andrew Jackson gets $250.00.  His son Enos gets $10.00.  His son Enoch gets $200.00.  His son Hiram gets $150.00.  His daughter Louisa Anne gets $250.00.  He names his executors as Moses Everitt and Andrew Jackson Everitt.  [Andrew dies before his father James].  He goes on to state that after his death or the death of his Mary (whoever survives the longest) that they are to sell his real estate and any personal property and it is to be split equally by Elizabeth Delong, Asa Everitt, Moses Everitt, Sarah Welsh, Andrew Jackson Everitt, Enos Everitt, Enoch Everitt, Hiram Everitt, and Louisa Anne Everitt.

If my calculations are correct he gas given $1,750.00 to his children and grandchildren and 10 acres of land. In 1863 that was a lot.

I now have more people to add to my tree and to search for information about them.  Finding this will was like hitting the jackpot for me!

I'm off to enjoy my Sunday of ancestor hunting!
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