Monday, July 9, 2007

Summer link love - 1

Locomotive in Strasburg, PA

Being an hobby genealogist, I readily admit to being overly obsessed with dates and places of the people in my family tree. Like most genealogists. This data is very essential, but sometimes , I overlook other aspects of my family research. One of these concerns the occupations of our ancestors.

The first link that I want to share with you all this summer concerns Railroading .

Both of my great-grandfathers worked on the Pennsylvania Railroad.

There was of course John Carroll, ( click on the link to read his chapter on this blog) and on my Paternal grandmother's side, her father Christian HANSEN.

I found an excellent link coming from the Library of Congress called Railroad Maps Collection. Maps are available for all States. I clicked on PA.

Here, the earliest map starts at 1829 and runs up to 1889 .

There are 2 maps of the Philadelphia Railroad system, and even one concerning Schuylkill County. These make great maps to download and to keep in one's personal collection. You can be sure that I will soon be doing some serious downloading this summer!
This is an interesting link for all people with Railroaders in their family tree.
I will be sharing other links in the coming weeks . These are mainly on Pennsylvania or Philadelphia related subjects. But also a few others that you may enjoy.

Happy Hunting and see you all soon.

Post Scriptum : My Schuylkill County genealogy specialist, Ms. Gibbons, should be doing my research in August . I will keep you all posted.

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