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New website for obit/death Info

I recently received an email from a fellow researcher. He has put up a website with information about deaths, burials, and obituaries of people who lived in the area of Pottstown, Pennsylvania in the late 1800’s and into the 1900’s.

Pottstown is often confused with Pottsville, but they are two separate places. Pottstown is located in western Montgomery county, PA. It lies along the Schuylkill River which is the boundary with northern Chester county. A little to the northwest is southeastern Berks county. If you are researching ancestors in any of  these areas, chances are that his site may contain information you can use. Check it out here.

Obituaries – A Great Genealogical Resource!

I love reading obituaries – particularly old ones! Okay, in terms of the general population, I guess that’s a little strange. But for the average genealogy buff/family historian, it’s probably normal. In fact, if you visit my genealogy website, you can find many obituaries that I have transcribed for my various family lines.

Obituaries written in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries are often very different than the ones written now. I love the phrases they used – “worthy and useful citizen,” “interesting child,” “much esteemed,” and the somewhat jarring “[insert name here] is no more.” Continue reading