Wednesday, March 7, 2007

The power of message boards

Hello friends,
After my last post on the lack of reponse from the Schuylkill County churches, I did a query at the roots community board ( the one for Schuylkill county PA ).
Here's the query :

Hello everyone,
My father's family ( CARROLL ) lived in the New Castle & Shenandoah areas.
I have a date of birth( or christening)for my great-great-grandfather, which was listed in his marriage certificate in Philadelphia. But, without a town name.
That is why I have attempted to contact several parishes through the mail, in the hope of finding this parish.
But the churches don't answer back !

I invite you to discover my genealogy blog, to read about these research difficulties :

If ANYONE has experiences or tips to share on researching in Schuylkill County churches,
please write !
Thank you .

I had two kind people, Rita and cwhite, who offered some suggestions.
Thank you both, if you happen to be reading !
It was commented that I could ask for
1) A paid search by the Schuylkill Co Historical Society
2) Also a paid search through the State of PA Dep't of health. This would be to find death dates.

Then Rita has been doing some fine work, just by careful obsevation.
She reminded me that my great-great grandfather, Andrew Carroll was marked as being a naturalised US citizen.That came from the 1870 Ceneus, that I had a collegue look up for me.
Then, she reported something that could make a difference in this research

I went back to the 1880 Census for the Carroll family tonight. My eye moved down to the next resident at the Cherry St. address and it was H. F. O'Reilly, Pastor of The Annunciation Church. The church is located on Cherry St. in Shenandoah. There is also Annunciation Cemetery. Might be worth looking into.

I wrote to the Hisorical Society of Schuylkill county today.
On their website, I only see a e-mail of a Barb Lavin. I think that she is the contact.
Here's something else to keep busy with !
I hope that I will have a response .

I'll keep the progress posted on this blog.

Happy hunting to all.