Genealogical Research in Central Pennsylvania for 40+ years. BSN from Thomas Jefferson University, Certificate in Family History- Genealogy, accent on British research from Brigham Young University, Certificate in Genealogy Consultant/Volunteer and member National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, Association of Professional Genealogists, New England Historic Genealogical Society, Genealogical Society of PA, Historical Society of Pennsylvania, National Genealogical Society, Lycoming County Historical Society, Pennsylvania Heritage Society, Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society, LancasterHistory.org, Bradford Co. Historical Society, Dauphin County Historical Society, The Perry Historians, The Scottish Society of Central PA, Guild of One-Name_Studies- Duart, Federation of Genealogical Societies, Hershey- Derry Township Historical Society, Daughters of the Union Veterans of the Civil War 1861-1865. United States Daughters of 1812; The Welcome Society
I am working on a project for the Hiram Charles family of Lancaster County, PA and would like to hear from any members who are willing to provide a DNA sample for family research. Depending on your family relationship, a DNA kit may be provided.
This project will use Autosomal DNA, so you won’t be excluded because of gender. The results may be uploaded to GedMatch, but would not be identified with any of your information.
For further questions about this project, send an email through this website.
We had a wonderful Brown reunion on the mountain at Shirley Brown’s cabin, this year. Great food, fun and fellowship. It is now with sadness that I share the passing of Shirley this month, September 19, 2018. She was getting ready to go camping and passed away. It is hard to believe when we were all together just a couple of weeks ago. Just a reminder to make every minute count and tell the people around you how much they mean to you while you can.
Rest in peace, Shirley, keeper of the Brown family party.
On the hunt for more Revolutionary War ancestors after my visit to Yorktown, VA. I have now submitted two more on the White side of the family. They are George Eckert and Samuel Milliken/Milligan. Now the wait is on for the year it will take before they are reviewed by NSDAR. In the meantime, I’m trying to find a woman in my ancestry that may have assisted in the Rev. War. Always a feather in your cap if you have one of the ladies proven.
Yorktown is a wonderful place to visit. They have an American Revolution of Yorktown Museum that is worth the trip. They have an encampment that is very interesting. This includes a kitchen, medical facility, supply hut and very knowledgeable staff.
Inside of the museum there are many artifacts and movies. Both are helpful in following the war. This is a State of Virginia museum. Kudos to Virginia for such a wonderful asset. The museum is designed with many areas that flow one into another and they seem to go on forever. It is truly an amazing place to visit.
The battlefield at Yorktown is also very interesting. Suggestion – don’t try to drive your motorhome around the battlefield. We found a couple of areas we couldn’t access because of the bulk of this RV even though it is small by comparison to most. We saw the redoubts taken by the Patriots, the digs that the soldiers did in the middle of the night to surprise the British, the National Cemetery, the Yorktown Victory Monument, and lots of wildlife.
The Moore House is especially nice. It is fully restored and historically is the home where the terms of agreement of surrender were worked out. It is not the house where the British signed the agreement. Still worth the visit if you like old homes.
The Frank and Lydia (Buckwalter) Hershey family reunion will be held at Paradise Community Park on August 26th, 2018, Pavilion #2, starting at 1:00 pm. The park is located on Londonvale Road off Rt. 30 in Paradise, Lancaster Co., PA. Bring a large dish to pass, table service, lawn chairs and drink. Share your family updates and pictures.
There is a playground, baseball, basketball and tennis available, but bring your own equipment.
If you have any questions, reply to this website. We look forward to continuing this long tradition of Hersheys gathering in Paradise.
It’s that time of the year again when the Browns gather at Shirley Brown’s Oak Knoll cabin on Carnright Mountain Rd, Troy, PA. The Brown reunion is the descendants of John Sanford and Harriett (McCarty) Brown. This year it will be on Aug. 12th starting at Noon. Bring a large dish to pass, drinks and/or a dessert. I know the Browns are all good cooks, so I am looking forward to the wide variety of foods.
Bring your family updates and invite those who just never get around to coming to this annual event. Bring a lawn chair and any lawn games your children like to play. The kids have fun in the woods, just running around the mountain, but would also enjoy a game with their cousins.
The children of John and Harriett are as follows: Effie, Delbert, Allen, Bertha Cook, Lucetta, Elizabeth Bown, Charles, Clarkson, and Francis. If you are descended from any of these children, you are invited.
If you have questions about the reunion, you can leave a message on this blog.
This was a special week of White family connecting. Cousin Tim White, from California, called and we had a lovely discussion about our family. Probably the last time I saw him was in the 1960’s when we were visiting Great Uncle Tom White, my grandfather’s brother, in Harrisburg. I’m hoping to catch up with him next time he is in PA and show him where our family grew up, married, had children and are buried, starting with the Gailey-White cemetery in Marysville.
I also got a note from Cousin Lesley Padgett Austin that James Hooker III passed away November 5th and also that his mother, Ann passed away in April of this year. We were in Colorado Springs a couple of years ago and had a lovely lunch with James and Deborah. So glad we take advantage of these opportunities while we are traveling to catch up with relatives.
Mom and I met the Spencer’s in Malvern for lunch this week. What a wonderful visit with Bob, Phil and Mary (Betts), and Sid Baglini. Bob is the oldest of the Alex and Mary Ella (Hess) White grandchildren at 97 years. Still very active as are his siblings. We had a wonderful time reminiscing about visiting “The Farm”, meaning a trip for the Spencer’s to Snedekerville, PA. Growing up in Sned, we always were excited for the Philadelphia cousins to visit and spent much of our time exploring the hills and bringing in the cows.
My nephew, Jeffrey Carroll, also came for a visit and to spend some time with Grandma White. Now living in Lockport, NY it is quite a trip, but we are thankful for the time he makes to visit with Mom. She is a good hostess and so proud of her new digs in Elizabethtown at the Masonic Village.
At this time of the year with, Christmas closing in on us, family is THE most important things in our lives. Here’s hoping this new year will bring us more family visits.
Shirley Brown will be hosting another Brown reunion at her cabin on Armenia Mountain August 13th, 2017 at 1:00 pm. Everyone is welcome. It is always nice to get together and meet with your cousins, at least once a year. If you are interested you can email me at this website.
It is that time again to let you know that the Frank and Lydia (Buckwalter) Hershey Family Reunion will be held at Paradise Park in Gordonville, PA August, 27, 2017 at 1:00 pm. Please share this information with your family. Postcards will be going out to those who have not given me an email address. You can leave a message through this blog if you have changed your email/address, way of notifying you about the reunion. We hope you will attend this year and bring your children.
For all who are interested in the 300th Hershey Anniversary the website is now on line. http://www.christianhershey.doodlekit.com It is a beautiful website to watch and keep in your favorites. They will be posting further information about the reunion as plans are finalized. Hope to see all of you Hersheys at the reunion.
The 300th anniversary gathering of Christian and Oade Hershey’s arrival west of Lancaster in 1717 is planned for September 16, 2017. Please mark this date on your calendar and watch this site for further updates. Chairman of this event is Carl E. Hershey ([email protected]) if you would like to contact him directly. They are working on a website for announcements.