Jim Sanders of Hidden Genealogy Nuggets has begun a new genealogy blogging series.
"Each week the blog post will focus on a particular state. The post can be about a particular individual or family who lived in or was connected in some way to that state. Sometimes there will not be a personal connection to the state. In this case find a genealogy resource for that state to talk about and highlight instead. Follow along with this series and post to your own site. If you choose to follow along, please link to (http://www.hiddengenealogynuggets.com) or mention the Hidden Genealogy Nuggets website."
Pennsylvania - The Keystone State
My father was an avid American history buff. When we were children we visited many of the historical sites in our region. Pennsylvania had to be one of our favorites. From Philadelphia to the Gettysburg National Battlefield each trip was filled with new discoveries.
Not until I began this genealogy adventure did we know about my husband's deep Pennsylvanian roots. In fact, three of his family lines (McSherry, Ruth and Wismer) immigrated to the state. The Starr family eventually relocated from Connecticut to Adams County, Pennsylvania.
Rev. Christian Wismer Ruth, husband's grandfather
Ruth and Wismer lines:
One surprise we encountered was my husband's Mennonite history. Until this point we knew nothing of this hearitage. These ancestors were among the early founders of churches in Bucks and Montgomery counties.
I have been fortunate enough to locate many resources about both the Ruth and Wismer lines. On Google Books we found: "Brief history of Jacob Wismer, and a complete genealogical family register" by Rev. A. J. Fretz, published 1893 by the Mennonite Publishing Company. From eBay I purchased "Ruth Genealogy with Supplement" by Warren R. Kriebel, published 1978 by Fountain Press.
Frick's Meetinghouse and Burial Ground, Montgomery, Pennsylvania
Burial site of Susannah Allebach Ruth, husband's 3rd great-grandmother
Patrick McSherry (husband's 5th great-grandfather) immigrated to Pennsylvania in 1760 from Ireland. There he founded McSherrytown. The following information was located on Google Books.
"History of Saint Aloyisus Church of Littlestown, Pennsylvania" by William McSherry, Jr., A.M. published by J.E. Wible, 1893.
Comfort Starr (husband's 9th great-grandfather) immigrated from England in 1635 to the state of Massachusetts. My husband's line moved from Connecticut to New York, eventually settling in Adams County, Pennsylvania.
On the Internet Archives site I found "A History of the Starr Family of New England, from the ancestor, Dr. Comfort Starr, of Ashford, County of Kent, England, Who Emigrated to Boston, Mass., in 1635; containing the names of 6766 if His Descendants, and the Record and History of 1794 Families" by Burgis Pratt Starr. Published in Hartford, Connecticut. The Case, Lockwood & Brainard Co., in 1879.
It has been a pleasure to research my husband's Pennsylvania roots. I must admit being a wee bit jealous of the ease with which we discovered his family history. Locating books about his ancestors has led to a wealth of information.
Here are several additional Pennsylvania resources discovered while researching.
Genealogy Today - Pennsylvania
Historical Digital Collegian Archive (newspapers) - Penn State University Libraries
Historical Maps of Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania Civil War 150
Pennsylvania Civil War Volunteers
Pennsylvania Genealogy & Family History - About.com Genealogy
Pennsylvania Genealogy & History - The Olive Tree Genealogy
Revolutionary War and Beyond
Writing this blog has led to connecting with several of my husband's cousins. Please leave a message if you may be related to one of the above lines.