This is a copy of my grandfather death. My mother had saved it all those years since 1937. It was another item that I did not know existed until I was cleaning out my father things after his death.
This is the death certificate of my great grandfather Patrick O’Rourke. What was of interest to me that his daughter Mary O’Rourke did not know the names of her grandparents. I have since learned they were Denis O’Rourke and Mary O’Rourke of County Limerick. I would like to find the maiden name of Mary, my great great grandmother.
Where have the Black Sheep gone? I suppose there could be a limited number of black sheep and more of Sentimental Moments.
This is not a sentimental moment but rather I am intrigued by the serious look on his face. I have narrowed this ancestor down to two possibilities.
The first would be Robert Stephens but the second and whom I think he really is would be Christof Sperl.
My speculation comes from the wording, which is cut off, at the bottom right. I think that spells Sperl and the word at the right could possibly be Christof, I theorize this by the first letter and second could be Ch…. and the word is long enough to be Christopher.
He and his wife Margaret Buchl emigrated to the USA in 1869. Two of their children made the trip, Anton and Barbara. Two more children were born in the USA, Thomas in Baltimore and Margaret whose birth place I do not know.
The photograph seem to put me in mind of a passport photo or some other picture required for identification.
I need to get in the swing, so to speak, of this year long project. Kudos to Amy of WE TREE for the great idea of which I have been following.
There is so much out there that I have yet to learn. Everyone who has been doing their Genealogy for a long time are light years beyond me.
So my main source, right now, is the GENEALOGY DEPARTMENT OF THE CARNEGIE LIBRARY OF PITTSBURGH. When I first started to research this Library it was about two years ago.
What has helped me is the RESEARCH LINKS They have microfilm and records from the late 1800’s in Allegheny County and Western Pennsylvania up until about 1908 when the Vital Statistic records were taken by the State of Pennsylvania. Now it is a major project to get records, of which I have to admit I plan to do but have not because of all the red tape dealing with privacy issues and the bureaucracy dealing with Pennsylvania.
What else has helped me is WESTERN PENNSYLVANIA GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY
They have a lot of books and information. For me this is the best because, unbelievable as it seems, 99% of the people who I am researching lived in Western PA>
This is a copy of my mutters birth certificate. She would be 87 tomorrow. If you look closely at the stamp on the right side of the document you will notice their is a swastika under the eagle. With this on her birth certificate she was unable to get a job after her high school graduation in 1942. My mother had lived in the USA since 1926.
The only job she could find was as a clerk in a bakery.
This is a posting from GENABLOGGERS I must admit Thomas you come up with very good ideas. Mostly things I perhaps have thought of but somehow can not get into action. But I will try…….with your formulation….
Define my purpose…….I started my blog with the idea of trying to organize what on earth I was doing. I have only been doing this for three years, and only seriously for one. I have really gotten on the wagon since I started this blog.
With the help (or ideas on what has already been done by others) I have been able to duplicate what the more seasoned researchers have done to solve their problems. I have found resources that I did not know about.
I have found relatives I did not know had existed. I wish I knew of them and talked to them when they were alive. I wished I had asked my grandparents about their grandparents.
My goal is to find out about the people whose genes make me who I am today. I would very much like to find my German relatives, the descendants of siblings of my grandfather Willi Schridde, and I am sure most of them live in Germany. I added the mini translator perchance some one will Google my names and find me. If they can not speak English they can hit the button, also if one looks at the variety of countries that my visitors come from it is truly amazing.
I would like to find a picture of my great grandparents Thomas Dowd and Bridget Naughton and their eight children, including my grandfather Thomas. I am sure one is out there somewhere.
I am taking it one step at a time to go beyond my great grandparents, in fact I know the names of of all my great grandparents and I know the names of five of eight of great great grandparents. I think my problem is the fact that I am a first generation American. All of my Irish great grandparents were immigrants and my German grandparents along with my mother came to the USA in 1926. I have to discover what churches they attended and if I can find them in those records.
That is my goal
A New Year had dawned and I hope to make some Genealogical Resolutions. The biggest one is to get organized. I have a lot of things that I want and plan to do but, somehow, never seem to get them done. Why is that? I think it is the time constraints or working and not having enough free time, what time I have is usually used resting from the time working.
I have to 1) Send for the death certificates on my relatives, I think there are ten I would like to have. Pennsylvania is a pain in the acquisition of records. If a person died 100 years ago there are still “privacy issues” I suspect that the real reason is there is a lot of money to be made for the state by controlling the information and not permitting century old records into an online data base.
2) Send for records from the Diocese of Pittsburgh. I have done this before and really gained a lot of information. What I want to find is the marriage date of Patrick O’Rourke and Ellen Martel. I have a few more ideas on where to request the volunteer to search.
3) Make a trip into the City of Pittsburgh and search for deeds and probate records. I need to take an allergy pill and have at least $20 for parking. It is a royal pain to drive into Pittsburgh.
4) Start scanning slides and negatives. I purchased a slide scanned, it was my Christmas Present to myself. It arrived and I have to get started on that project. I am hoping it works and I am not disappointed. My sister and I had talked about this project but somehow choosing which to copy seems like a long and arduous task. I will start this today or perhaps tomorrow.
5) Start scanning and preserving records that I have gleaned in the Carnegie Library and papers from my father. I need to transfer this information to more than one source as a back up.
I think that is enough for starters for now.
Tom and Gerda at their Golden Anniversary Dinner in 1992