GSP Blog

  • Posted On: December 12, 2014

    Have you ever thought of applying to our First Families of Pennsylvania program? Becoming a certified member of FFP is a great way to honor your Pennsylvania ancestors and preserve the family history you have worked hard to put together. Each week, GSP receives so many questions about the...

  • Posted On: November 26, 2014

    While it may sometimes seem as if the public airing of marriage problems is a relatively recent development in tabloid-driven popular culture, some Pennsylvania Gazette advertisements from the mid-18th century show that affairs, divorce, and he-said-she-said arguments are nothing new. When a...

  • Posted On: September 18, 2014

    Did you tune in to our webinar on Pennsylvania German Church records last night? Jim Beidler gave a great overview of where to find church records and what to expect in them. One of the interesting details Jim mentioned was that...

  • Posted On: September 16, 2014

    Sometimes when we're piecing together our ancestors' lives through census records, land deeds, and tax records, their movements make sense to us. A relative who took his family from one town to another might have been chasing open land or moving closer to family or following the prospect of a...

  • Posted On: August 27, 2014

    Recently I've been transcribing a series of documents from 1798. As anyone who has tried reading early American writing knows, the spelling and handwriting can be both charming and utterly incomprehensible. Is that squiggle on the end of a word an s or is it just a flourish? Is this...

  • Posted On: August 25, 2014

    Did you tune into our tax records webinar with Jim Beidler on Thursday? One of the big points that Jim made was that finding your ancestors' tax records is easiest when you have a clear sense of place and time. What did he mean by that? The boundaries and names of...

  • Posted On: January 08, 2014

    Catherine Burnhart, Jude, Weanever Carbrite, Het, Carolina dePool. These are names of Pennsylvanian indentured and enslaved women during the late 18th century. The only reason we are aware of a small sliver of their lives is for one exceptional fact: that they chose to run away from their...

  • Posted On: November 13, 2013

    Not all of the ones we find are for humans...and no word on next of kin.

     

     

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  • Posted On: September 25, 2013

    At the recent Federation of Genealogical Societies conference in Fort Wayne, Indiana, I was wandering the exhibit hall, and some beautiful quilts and pillows that incorporated family history caught my eye. I wanted to know more about their creation, so I asked...

  • Posted On: September 03, 2013

    We had a great time at the FGS conference in Fort Wayne. Thanks to all our members and supporters who stopped by our table, sipped tea with us at our Mad Genealogists' Tea Party, signed up for our email blast list, and attended our "Pennsylvania Resources" presentation in the exhibit hall....