Sunday, December 30, 2012

Sunday's Obituary: Bernice (Nyman) Welcheck

Meadville Tribune (PA); 12 Sept 2010

OSPREY, Fla. — Bernice (Sis) Welcheck, 82, of Osprey, Fla., formerly of Conneautville, passed away on Friday, Sept. 10, 2010, in Florida.

She was born Dec. 31, 1927, in Cleveland, Ohio, a daughter of the late Jack Nyman and Mollie Zelmonwowitz Nyman.

Bernice and her late son Mark owned and operated the Break Time Restaurant in Saegertown prior to moving to Florida.

Survivors include daughter Bonnie Shuey and her husband, Bill, of Conneautville; son Jack S. Welcheck and his wife, Jane, of Conneautville; six grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; sisters Elaine (Cookie) Yelsky and Clare Nyman of Cleveland, Ohio, and Dolores (Doody) Caplan of Florida; brother Leonard Nyman of Florida; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded by her parents, son Mark, and former husband Bob Welcheck.

Friends may call on Wednesday from 1 to 3 p.m. at White-Cool Funeral Home, 1405 Main St., Conneautville, and attend the service at 3 p.m.

Interment will be in Spring Cemetery.

Arrangements are under the direction of White-Cool Funeral Home.

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Saturday, December 29, 2012

Gregory Kolbusz - Found!

A lot like Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego - I knew Gregory Kolbusz had to be somewhere in the United States between the years of his immigration in 1900 and his death in 1938.  It was just a matter of finding him. This evening part of mystery was solved along with a bonus find of  learning what happened to his daughter, Maryanne.  The 1930 U.S. Federal census gives us her husband &  married name along with her complete family - and there, listed as father in law, is Gregory Kolbus.  All residing in Perth Amboy, New Jersey.

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Monday, December 24, 2012

Night Before Christmas

"The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there"
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Wishing you Christmas Eve blessings.
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Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Friday, December 14, 2012

Wassail for the Holidays


Wassail was a popular holiday beverage during the Middle Ages and in Old English translates to 'be you healthy'.

(Recipe by Alton Brown)

  • 6 small Fuji apples, cored
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 72 ounces ale
  • 750 ml Madeira
  • 10 whole cloves
  • 10 whole allspice berries
  • 1 cinnamon stick, 2-inches long
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 6 large eggs, separated


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Put the apples into an 8 by 8-inch glass baking dish. Spoon the brown sugar into the center of each apple, dividing the sugar evenly among them. Pour the water into the bottom of the dish and bake until tender, about 45 minutes.

Pour the ale and Madeira into a large slow cooker. Put the cloves, allspice, and cinnamon into a small muslin bag or cheesecloth, tied with kitchen twine, and add to the slow cooker along with the ginger and nutmeg. Set the slow cooker to medium heat and bring the mixture to at least 120 degrees F. Do not boil.

Add the egg whites to a medium bowl and using a hand mixer, beat until stiff peaks form. Put the egg yolks into a separate bowl and beat until lightened in color and frothy, approximately 2 minutes. Add the egg whites to the yolks and using the hand mixer, beat, just until combined. Slowly add 4 to 6 ounces of the alcohol mixture from the slow cooker to the egg mixture, beating with the hand mixer on low speed. Return this mixture to the slow cooker and whisk to combine.

Add the apples and the liquid from the baking dish to the wassail and stir to combine. Ladle into cups and serve.
(Source: Holiday Party Drinks at
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Friday, December 7, 2012

“A Date Which Will Live in Infamy”

(Souce: History)
Rescue boats move in on the battleships U.S.S. West Virginia and U.S.S. Tennessee which sit low in the water and burn after the Japanese surprise attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii on Dec., 7 1941.

Click Here to read more.
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Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Wordless Wednesday: Welcheck Children c.1903

Mamie, John, Robert, Rose, & Catherine Welcheck
of Cleveland, Ohio
c. 1903
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Sunday, December 2, 2012

A Shiny Aluminum Christmas Tree

The 'Aluminum Christmas Tree' was popular in the United States from 1958 until the mid-1960s. The tree was made of aluminum with foil needles and was lit from below via a rotating color wheel


The aluminum Christmas tree was used as symbol of the commercialization of Christmas in 1965's A Charlie Brown Christmas. 
Merry Christmas! Charlie Brown

"That's it Charlie Brown! We need a tree; a great big, shiny aluminum Christmas tree!"

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Occupation: Doffer

A doffer is someone who clears full bobbins and spindles holding spun fiber such as cotton or wool from a spinning frame and replaces them with empty ones.  In the textile mills this work required speed and dexterity rather than strength and was often done by children.  Modern textile mills now utilize doffing machines.
(Image source:

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

The 1907 Bacon/Robinson Marriage License

The Marriage License Application of 
Rose B. Bacon,
daughter of John N. Bacon & Lucinda A. Ribble,
George T. Robinson
 - both of Hettick IL 
but marrying in Clayton, St. Louis, Missouri.
16 March 1907

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Veterans Day: Remembering Those Who Served

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Honoring our Veterans; Helping our Wounded

Wounded Warrior Project 
Honoring our Veterans Today and Everyday

Click Here to Help an Injured Warrior Recover with a One-Time Donation.

Click here if you would like to make a gift in honor or memory of an individual.

"After suffering debilitating injuries in combat, wounded warriors are still a source of inspiration for others, telling their stories about struggle, resilience, and overcoming. The achievements of these men and women will be honored this Veterans Day." 
 Click Here.

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Friday, November 9, 2012

Hickory Nut Cake - A 1913 'Necessity of the Season'

An old-fashioned hickory nut cake recipe that
 'comes straight down from Colonial times'
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Thursday, November 8, 2012

Mourning Jewelry

In Death Lamented

Memorial jewelry consisting of  rings, brooches, pendants, and other jewels, some of which even contained hair, was worn to commemorate the death of a loved one. This Massachusetts Historical Society exhibition and website shows many interesting examples of the ways in which our ancestors mourned.
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Saturday, November 3, 2012

The 1950 KSU Tennis Team

1950 Kent State University Tennis Team

James Casteel - top left
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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Lancashire Parish Records - Free Online Resource

 OnLine Parish Clerks project for the County of Lancashire extracts and preserves records from various parishes and provides free online access to that information along with other data of value to family and local historians conducting research in the County of Lancashire.

I have found this site to be a treasure trove of information and was able to greatly enhance some of our family 'branches'.  Surnames I am researching in this area:  Warburton, Sandiford, Barlow, and affiliates in the parishes of Radcliffe & Prestwich.
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Wednesday, October 24, 2012

The 1772 Marriage Record of Esther Sligoe to George Warburton

George Warburton & Esther Sligoe
14 Jul 1772
(click image to enlarge)

St Mary the Virgin Church, Prestwich, Lancashire, England
The surname of Esther is interesting in that I have identified no other Sligoes in this county. In fact, a general search overall turns up very little on this surname.  There are, however, Higo/Higoes in this  parish, so I may find a connection there.
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Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Zane Grey - Died on this Date in 1939

Zane Grey
 (January 31, 1872 – October 23, 1939)
 an American author best known for his popular novels that presented an idealized image of the American frontier.
(photo from findagrave)

Pearl Zane Gray,
son of  Alice Josephine (1839-1917) &  Lewis M. Gray (1831-1905),
was born on 31 January 1872 in Zanesville, Muskingum Co., Ohio, a town founded by his maternal ancestor Ebenezer Zane (1747-1811).

Read Zane Grey's full biography & works:  Click Here
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Saturday, October 20, 2012

Bacon / King of Washinton County TN

Recorded in the record book twice...

 Jeremiah Bacon
son of John & Leah (Jackson) Bacon
Susan Sharp King
daughter of William Isaac & Martha "Patsy" (Crouch) King
on 14 December 1844, in Washington County, Tennessee
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Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Learn about Federal Records with Claire Bettag

Fairfax Genealogical Society
invites you to their
9th Annual Fall Fair: Federal Records with Claire Bettag
Saturday, October 27, 2012
9:00 AM to 3:00 PM (please arrive before 9:00 AM)
Dunn Loring Volunteer Fire Department
2148 Gallows Road
Dunn Loring, VA 22027

 Register online at or download the registration form

Featured Speaker:  Claire Bettag, CG, FUGA is a certified professional genealogist based in Washington D.C. whose research focuses on French and Acadian families of Louisiana. She conducts research in Louisiana, Europe, and Washington. She teaches at the National Institute on Genealogical Research (NIGR), the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG), the Genealogy and Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP), and the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research at Samford University (IGHR).
A contributing author to Professional Genealogy, she has also published articles in the National Genealogical Society Quarterly, APG Quarterly, and other genealogical publications. She has served as the director of NIGR and a ProGen mentor, and on the boards of NGS, APG, and BCG. Currently she is on the editorial board of the National Genealogical Society Quarterly and volunteers at the National Archives. Her M.A. in French is from Columbia University; she has studied in France as a Fulbright fellow, and in Quebec, Spain, and Mexico.

From 1789 to the late nineteenth century, the United States acquired land and added it to the public domain. The federal government then surveyed the land and disposed of it, creating federal land records in the process. Today the National Archives holds land records for the thirty public land states whose lands were part of the U.S. public domain. These records are valuable for locating families and individuals at a specific date and documenting family land holdings. They may also provide additional valuable family information. The presentation discusses land entry papers primarily, with brief mention of surrendered bounty-land warrants.
The U.S. Congressional Serial Set, published by the U.S. Government Printing Office, is part of a vast collection of published public documents popularly known as "Gov Docs" (government documents). The Serial Set ranks among the most valuable — and most underused — genealogical resources for family historians. Containing records of the U.S. Congress, executive agencies, independent commissions, and other entities, it provides a wealth of information, often untapped by researchers. The presentation discusses Serial Set contents and access, with numerous examples.
The Manuscript Division of the Library of Congress houses more than eleven thousand collections containing about fifty million items. Beyond the Library's Local History and Genealogy Collection, this is one of its best potential sources for family historians. Yet, researchers rarely mine its riches. Among its holdings are the private papers of American political, cultural, and scientific figures: reformers, writers, inventors, scientists, historians, anthropologists, celebrities, journalists, artists, architects, and more; documents from foreign countries related to American colonial history, often containing information about individuals and families; and much more.

Registration includes all lectures, lunch (see below), access to the vendors, and an electronic syllabus. A printed copy of the syllabus is available for $5.00.

A boxed lunch (sandwich, side, and drink) is included for registrations received by Thursday, October 18. Registrations after this date include lunch only if extras are available.

Regular registrations must be received by October 18. All registrations received after October 18 will be charged the late registration fee. A printed syllabus is included for late/walk-in registrations. Registrations postmarked by October 17 but received after the 18th will receive the regular registration fee but will only include lunch if extras are available. Register early!

Parking is available at the fire station as well as on the street. There is also overflow parking in the school parking lot next door.

Check-in/registration begins at 8:00 AM. 
  Vendors open at 8:00 AM.

Friday, October 12, 2012

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Occupation: Farm Bailiff

John Cassingham
Occupation: Farm Bailiff

Barming, Kent, 1851 England Census Record
 Farm Bailiff:  An overseer appointed by the possessor or proprietor of a farm to direct and superintend the farming operations.
Historically, the farm bailiff oversaw the collection of rent and taxes from the barns and storehouses of the lord of the manor.  Was also known as a grainger  (derived from the Latin granicarius; a derivative of granica, meaning granary).

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Sharpe & Odiarne of Sussex & Kent

While researching our Odiarne ancestors I came across a wonderful website - - which gathers and provides a large amount of free online information taken from their collection of old deeds and documents that can aid in family history research.  
On this site I was able to find a record that relates directly to our ancestors.
The basic extract is provided for free.  

If you determine that the record is a direct hit, you can purchase the full transcription (which I did). was also very kind to send me pictures of the original document including close-ups of the signatures and seals on the original record. 
Needless to say, I am very thrilled & can highly recommend them.  
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Monday, October 1, 2012

The Township of Nottingham c.1702

Lots in the
Township of Nottingham
 Cecil County, Pennsylvania
c. 1702
(Source:  History of Cecil County, Maryland)
Above, on Lot 35, is Andrew Job -
our 7th Great-Grandfather
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Friday, September 28, 2012

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Wednesday, September 26, 2012

The Marriage Record for Humphrey Bourne Cassingham & Sarah Boorman

Parish Church of Saint George Bloomsbury 
Register of Marriages

15 Oct 1866   

Humphrey Bourne Cassingham
b. Nov. 1840 Tenterden, Kent, England
Son of John Cassingham & Mary Bourne

d. 25 Oct 1872 in Barming, Kent, England
England & Wales, National Probate Calendar - Index of Wills and Administrations
(click images to enlarge)
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Saturday, September 22, 2012

Surname Saturday: Hegedus

Ancestor: Maria Ana Hegedus
Hungary Catholic Church Records, 1636-1895

Name: Mar Ana Hegedüs
Event: Baptism
Event Date: 15 Mar 1791
Event Place: Oszlop, Veszprém, Hungary
Father: Joseph Hegedüs
Mother: Maria Vollff

Film Number: 699518
Digital Folder Number: 4660099
Image Number: 427

Monday, September 17, 2012

HMTS Alert & the loss of Jack Cassingham

The HMTS Alert was torpedoed and sunk in the Straits of Dover by the Seehund German midget submarine U-5330 while making repairs on an undersea telegraph cable.  All 59 hands were lost.

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CASSINGHAM, JACK. Third Engineer Officer.
Merchant Navy.
Died 24 February 1945. Aged 39.
Son of John Odion Cassingham and Kate Cassingham.
Husband of Violet Cassingham, of Folkestone, Kent.
Commemorated on the Tower Hill Memorial, London. Panel 4.
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Visit: for more information including a list of persons who perished on the ship.

Sunday, September 16, 2012

August 1860 Death Notice for Harriet (Dean) Cassingham


Kentish Chronicle - 04-Aug 1860

Listed above is the death notice for Harriet (Dean) Cassingham
 Wife of Odian Cassingham
Born 12 July 1806, in Ashford, Kent, England
Daughter of James Dean & Sarah Henty
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Thursday, September 13, 2012

Illinois State Archives: Civil War Muster Database

 is a free, searchable database that contains the transcription of each soldier's entry in the Muster and Descriptive Rolls containing information on over 285,000 soldiers from Illinois who served in the Union Army during the Civil War.

Each entry includes all of the information that was recorded in the original Muster and Descriptive Rolls including:  soldier's name; rank; age; height; colors of eyes, hair, and complexion; occupation; marital status; birthplace; residence; date, place, and term of enrollment; name; name of mustering officer; date and place of muster out; name of mustering-out officer; and remarks concerning transfers, promotions, injuries, or special duty.

In this database I located the brother of our G-Grandmother Arra Amanda Bacon:
 John N. Bacon.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

September 11 Memorial


Hosted by, this Memorial Website lists the names of those who died in New York City, Washington, D.C. and Pennsylvania when terrorists hijacked four U.S. planes on September 11, 2001, along with some photos and biographical information.

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Monday, September 10, 2012

Village of Hadley, Massachusetts, c.1663

The diagram of lots in the Village of Hadley shows our 9th g-grandfather, Joseph Baldwin, as one of the residents.

Source:   History of Hadley by Sylvester Judd; 1905
Available on

Thursday, September 6, 2012

GenDetective Savings Coupon

GenDetective is a genealogy software program that will look at the data you have found and tell you what data you need to FIND!

Visit: for more information.
If you like what you see, Tangled Trees is sharing the coupon code below for 20% discount off the purchase price.

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Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Re-dedication of the Salem Witch Trials Memorial

The Salem Witch Trials Memorial located on Charter Street in Salem,  Massachusetts, where 14 women and 6 men were accused of being witches, were tried, convicted, and executed, will be re-dedicated at a public ceremony on Sunday, September 9, 2012, at 4 p.m.
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Thursday, August 30, 2012

Under Construction - Warner Middle School

It looks like the old bleachers are coming down at Warner Middle School in Westminster, CA!

Here is 'Live' link to the construction site webpage: