I had a new experience in May, I was a guest along with PA State Archivist, Aaron McWilliams, on WITF Smart Talk. We talked about the 1940 Census release as well as the release of the 1906 PA birth records and 1096-1961 PA death records. Listeners were able to call or email their questions for us to answer. We got a lot of good questions about a variety of topics.
I was pleasantly surprised by the number of people who listen to Smart Talk. Even after the show was over people continued to email questions that Aaron and I could answer.
I had just receive an issue of the National Genealogical Society’s journal (Vol. 38 No. 2, April-June, 2012)that has a wonderful article on the 1940 census. If you want to know what is included and the significance of the questions asked on the census, it is a great issue to look for at your local library.
I will try to give you some tips about Genealogy, family history, miscellaneous Lineage society information, and new books that I have found/purchased in my periodic blogs.
For the newest book on my shelf, I’m pretty excited about a Christmas gift from my nephew, Jeffrey. The Bradford County, PA Historical Society reprinted the Maps of Bradford County from 1858. It is very colorful, but you better have a magnifying glass handy. Many of my early families are listed, making this a little more interesting to me than someone who hasn’t a clue where Bradford County is located. They have an index that gives names, Township and page numbers, but from there you are on your own to locate them. You can order your copy of the book on their website: www.bradfordhistory.com.
While I’m talking about Bradford Co., PA, if you get up that way (Northern PA), be sure you visit their Research Library and Museum. It is located in the old County jail on Pine Street, Towanda, PA.