Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Schuylkill County PA research source

Yes, long time no see...

It's been three months since my last post here at Our Carroll family Genealogy. I'm sorry for those who may have been following this blog.I've been through a sudden hopitalisation (short & quick)+ recovery (longer lasting me through April and part a part of May.Yes, it's been awhile coming. I 've been finding it easier in this time to do reading and continue with my personal blog.


During this time, I have realized that I was in the doldrums for my Genealogy and had no ideas for a new research subject. Then, I acted upon a research offer in the Schuylkill County PA area.
For memory's sake, the oldest known ancestors of this family, Andrew Carroll & Catherine Burke Carroll lived in Schuylkill County.
For anyone researching in the area, the following may be of interest to you :

The Pottsville Free Library does look ups in what is called the Wiley and Ruoff's Biographical and Portrait Cyclopedia of Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania, 1893.
This is a biographical listing of some of the residents of the period.

You have two web pages that you must read if interested first, the INDEX, with a list of names that are in this reference :

http://www.pottsvillelibrary.org/Cyclopediaindex.txt

If you find a person of interest, the following page tells you how to order copies :

http://www.pottsvillelibrary.org/genie.htm#refserve

I thank my friend & fellow genealogist, Rita for helping me order a copy . I had noticed in the listing : Catherine Burke. This is one of our family's ancestors for whom we know so little about.

But in Genealogy even the best of efforts do not produce desired results. Rita e mailed the copies once arrived and it was another Catherine . Here's a peek into a page of the Cyclopedia :

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As seen on the library website, this library can also research the following :

-search the local newspapers for obituaries or other events if given the exact date, and make copies of the articles;

-make copies from local history books if given the names and page numbers from the online indexes (above)

-make copies of Census records if given exact reel and page numbers or if the names are in the indexes for 1790-1850;
-and make referrals to other libraries and genealogical collections if we know or believe that they have relevant information or resources.

All of this can be a very helpful Genealogy resource for the Schuylkill County researcher.

Just passing on a helpful hint...

Happy research to all !

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