From time to time I have come across programs, letters, images at estate sales, garage sales, used book stores, etc. that might be of interest to other genealogists searching for names of their ancestors.
In this commencement program there are names of those Graduates and their Degrees. I will post from these documents as I have space.
The PFL in Pennsylvania has an extensive collection of City Directories on microfiche. I searched Philadelphia Directories from 1840 to 1859 and found 5 records of my great great grandmother, but nothing on my great great grandfather Coombs. It also has a collection of old city maps on microfilm. I looked at Lebanon, PA maps, but did not find the houses I wanted. The library also has a collection old photos of buildings in Philadelphia. I found the building and company where my great grandfather worked before and after the Civil War. I was allowed to digitally photo copy documents and photos. The library has a large collection of genealogy books that are open to search, which I did not use.
The office which is on site, has records and plot map. However, the cemetery is not well marked with section locations. The person in the office was helpful but not great. I found some relatives
but never found the grave of my great great grandfather, although, I think he is buried next to his wife.
The Public search room is open Tuesday through Friday and
most Saturdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The Archives is closed on Sundays,
Monday, the First Saturday of every month, and Saturdays of holiday weekends.
Records are pulled every half hour starting at 8:45 with
the last pull of the day at 3:45. On Saturdays, due to limited staffing, the search
room and microfilm rooms remain open to the public between 11:30 and 1:30, but
record pulls are not performed at 11:45, 12:15, 12:45 and 1:15.
The Maryland State Archives is not an easy place to use.
Except for card files and computers, all records, books, etc. must be requested
through the Archivist’s desk and are delivered one at a time by searchers who
bring books to your desk on the half hour.Therefore 3 books took hours to get.You can use a digital camera, but may not take a camera bag into the
I wanted 3 books from the St. John’s College collection
and had to get the St. John’s Librarian’s permission to view the books. All-in-all a slow process for researching.
August, 2010 – The Archives
is a little hard to find. It is located at the end of Court Street, next to the
Legislature Building.You must fill out
a form to get into the Research Room and sign in once you are in.They do not allow pens… pencils only.
The Archives holds a great
collection of Delaware state records.By
their statement, it has more records than the Wilmington Historical Society,
which was my original destination.
There is a card file of
everybody.Separate notebooks with
orphans court records, land records, probate records, marriage, death, birth,
cemeteries, insurance files.All
supported by microfilms.More
importantly, the Archivists are extremely helpful.They gave us a complete tour of the facility
and made excellent suggestions on looking at probate, and insurance records.
Based on the Archivist’s
suggestion we found the 1855 will and probate record of my great, great
grandfather.Upon reading the will I
found his two children by a first marriage, along with his daughters’ husband’s
name.I had found no record of them
Also based on her
suggestion, we found his home insurance record which gave a complete house
description, including dimensions, attached kitchen, smoke house, crib,
granary, stable, carriage house, pump, ash house, cart house, plus names of
adjoining houses and factory.
All in all, if you have
anyone in Delaware, it is a good place to visit.
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Once again, I've located in my files something that might be of interest to others in their genealogical
journey. It is a program from the Baccalaureate Services held at the First Christian Church in Coffeyville, KS for the Coffeyville Senior High School Class of 1925.
Rev. Lin D. Cartwright gave the sermon and Mrs. L. N. Clark was the pianist.
Lillie Baker, Maxine Boesche (Valedictorian), Donald Brighton, Loren Brighton, Marcia Chadwick, John Charlesworth, Naomi Daeschner, Dorothy Decker, Esther Du Mars, Frank Fitzgerald, Thelma Forth, Katherine Hahn, Hazel Hoffman, Ernestine Huston, Ruth Kloehr, Olga McCullough, Kathryn Norfleet, Grider Reed, Charles Royer, Dorothy Stewart, Edith Thomas (Salutatorian)
off course of locating out of the way repositories containing genealogy
information, I came across and old photo my cousin sent me years ago. It was a
photograph of the Santa Fe Railroad Representatives who attended the opening of
the Wazee Market in Denver on August 1, 1939, also known as the Denver Market
and Produce Terminal Railroad. A wholesale produce terminal used by several railroads to deliver produce to the Denver area.
did a little surfing for information on the Wazee Market and its history. In
doing so, I found some very interesting websites and I want to share those with
you who might be interested in historical buildings, railroads, and/or
residential areas, etc. where your
ancestors might have lived or worked, but now due to progress, those
neighborhood homes no longer exist.
also thought it might be of value to someone to know the names of those Santa
Fe RR Representatives who attended the opening of the Wazee Market on August 1,
1939. Here is the list of names (in order of their place in the photograph)
along with the photograph.
Santa Fe Railroad Representatives
Attending the opening of the Wazee
Denver, CO August 1, 1939.
Row, Left to Right
M. Spahr, Denver
H. Dedrick, Denver
H. Forbes, Lubbock
A. Taylor, Chicago
E. Everheart, Galveston
L. Goin, San Francisco
J. Grogan, Chicago
H. Nelson, Chicago
G. Gurley, Chicago
C. Burnett, Topeka
A. Gillies, Amarillo
R. Skillon, La Junta
E. Whitman, Dallas
Row, Left to Right
C. Lyman, Denver
W. Vetter, Wichita
T. Anderson, Denver
E. Taylor, Topeka
A. Tusha, San Angelo
H. Doitiker, Ft. Worth
A. Fitzgerald, Kansas City
C. Hilton, Chicago
C. Krames, Stockton
T. Bornefeld, Houston
P. Dudley, Pueblo
A. Bell, Los Angeles
W. Hobart, Topeka
N. Offield, Salt Lake City
H. Murray, San Bernardino
Row, Left to Right
L. Lylos, Chicago
L. Davis, Joplin
A. Dana, Denver
E. Dohoney, New York City
W. Smith, Oklahoma City
W. Myers, Denver
L. Boardsley, Amarillo
J. Lehman, Chicago
W. Davis, Chicago
Fabrizio, La Junta
Railsback, La Junta
V. Gardiner, El Paso
W. Bunco, Denver
of the Wazee Market, Denver Colorado
A great website full of information for architecture, Denver history and the evolution of the railroads on Wazee Street.
the last quarter of the nineteenth century to the first quarter of the
twentieth, West Wazee Street served as Denver's principal wholesale and
warehouse district. The development of the Wazee Warehouse District was made
possible by the area's location which afforded both street frontage along Wazee
Street and convenient railroad access immediately to the northwest. In
addition, Union Station, the Denver and Rio Grande freight depot and other
freight depots were located in the area so that limited freight handling was
necessary. Inter-city access was provided by the 14th Street Viaduct whose
southern terminus was linked to Wazee Street.
nine buildings which survive in the 1100 - 1300 blocks of Wazee Street form an
intact row of structures representing the history of the area as a warehouse
center. These buildings are distinguished by similarities in scale, size,
design and materials. The architectural and historical significance of the
Wazee buildings was recognized in June, 1983, when the West Wazee Street
Warehouse District was determined eligible for inclusion In the National
Register of Historic Places.”
Another good source for reference and reading. It is currently on Google Books.
“Denver: an archaeological
By Sarah M. Nelson
Excerpt from book
“The early 1900s marked a period of railroad
consolidation in the Platte Valley during which the principal lines came under
the control of the Denver and Rio Grande and the Colorado and Southern
Railroads.These two companies
subsequently expanded their railroad facilities. The railroad expansion
encouraged further industrial development in the area.Wazee Street became a solid warehouse
district early in the twentieth century, and additional warehouses went up west
of the 14th Street viaduct, replacing the stone yards originally
located there. Several of the latter buildings were connected to additions
located under the viaduct, evidently built after its completion in 1898.
The streets south of Wazee were characterized by similar
warehouse and manufacturing expansion on a smaller scale. The residential
elements in this increasingly industrialized area were gradually pushed further
west.By the 1940s, factories and
warehouses had displaced virtually all the earlier residences east of 11th
Street.In 1944 the 1300 blocks of Wazee
and Blake were demolished to accommodate expansion of the Wazee Market, a
wholesale produce market that eventually extended from 9th to 13th
Streets between Wazee and Walnut.In the
early 1970s, many of the remaining historic buildings in the area were demolished
to allow the construction of the Auraria Higher Education Center.”
I hope you enjoy this historical information as much as I did researching it.
You never know where the next link to your ancestor will be found. Anyone have a relative listed among these Santa Fe Representatives? At least now, you know exactly where they were and who they worked for on August 1, 1939.