"If you can't get rid of the family skeleton, you may as well make it dance"
-George Bernard Shaw

Monday, July 29, 2013

Who do you think you are?

The long awaited season 3...or is it 4?....is finally here!  Ok, so I know it started a week ago, but between work and school I just watched the first episode with Kelly Clarkston.  What a fascinating journey Kelly took us on discovering information about her 3 times great grand father, Isaiah Rose.  If you haven't seen the new episode check it out Here.  I cried right along with Kelly on her journey and learned some more about the United States history, specifically the civil war and a little bit about the Ohio state senate. 

One more new surprise this season is that Who Do You Think You Are? has moved from ABC to TLC.  That's right, our beloved show is on a new channel, but all the experts that we have come to love are still there!  And the show still has the same look and feel!  Thank you TLC.  I'm looking forward to another season of Ancestor Hunting....even if I can only participate from my comfy chair. 

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Thank you Find A Grave Member, Frank L Courter

Recently I had confirmed on Find A Grave, the burirals of my Great Great Grand Father's brother and his second wife, William Tennyson Fitzgerald and Isabella Kase Fitzgerald, in Union Cemetery in Bellefonte, Pennsylvania.  Now, I find that the burials are unmarked, however, at least I have confirmed they are there, along with their daughter Sallie, aka Sarah.  I also now know their causes of death.  These are small pieces of information, but we all know how wonderful it is to add even these little facts into our databases.  I wouldn't have found this information if it wasn't for Frank L Courter who is another Find A Grave contributor.  Frank was able to confirm William, then sent me info on Isabella, and when I asked if he knew of additional Fitzgeralds he also gave me information on Sallie.  Frank gave me his time freely and supplied me with this information.  I am so appreciative to his generosity.  I even took the time and wrote the following email to Find A Grave as a special thank you to Frank:

Dear Find A Grave Staff,
Thank you for such a wonderful website.  I wanted to share with you over the past week I've been corresponding with another contributor, Frank L Courter.  Frank has helped me add many pieces to my brickwall family that were missing in my research.  The brickwall has yet to come down, but the information he has provided has also helped confirm some information that I was seeking.  He has been very generous adding additional information for me as well and help me with additional information that I asked him if he would be able to help me with.  So many contributors, such as Frank, make this such a wonderful website to be a part of.  He has given me his time generously to give me this additional information and I can't thank him enough!  This is one of the best ways I could think of to recognize Frank!
Thanks again for such a wonderful site!
Alanna Fant

So this is another way I can give Frank a special thank you for all his help.  Thanks again Frank!




Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Library of Congress Digital Newspapers 1836 to 1922

Today Internment.net share via facebook the Library of Congress's online digital newspaper collection.  These newspapers date from 1836 to 1922!  I took a little break from searching the Bloomsburg PA news papers for my Fitzgerald ancetors to take a little blogger break and share this website.
The website is:
And best of all, it's free!
So far I've come up with the name Fitgzerald, a lot, but I'm not finding any of my family....yet.  The website is very easy to use and images of the actual newspapers are viewable.  And, of course, what genealogist doesn't love old newspapers! 
Good luck, and happy hunting!