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!
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