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A Neifert Christmas

My mother’s parents were Emerson C. Neifert (1899-1990) and Mary Irene Weaver (1898-1967). They lived in Tamaqua, Pennsylvania, in the Elwood Apartments, a building built in the early 1900s by my grandmother’s father Edward Elwood Weaver (1870-1929), who was a builder, contractor, and lumber dealer. Edward died when he...

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Organizing is Never Done

Organizing is never “done.” Certainly we cyclically become more and less messy. Our messiness likely follows a sine-wave-like pattern, increasing as we get busy, decreasing as we complete work and clean up. Sometimes we get very, very messy before we clean up (that is, the cycle gets very, very...

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It’s Been Awhile!

It’s been awhile since I posted, so I thought I’d give everyone a quick update on what I’ve been up to. April In April I attended the National Society of the Colonial Dames of America‘s regional conference in Philadelphia. (The job description for my volunteer job as Registrar of...

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Tamaqua Remembers

Although I never lived there, Tamaqua, Pennsylvania, where my parents grew up, is very dear to me. Located in Schuylkill County in northeastern Pennsylvania, Tamaqua was a coal and railroad town. It was settled in 1799 by my ancestor Burkhardt Moser. Tamaqua has a historical society (of which one...

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An “Easter Egg” in Some Pittsburgh Church Records

Sometimes in computer software we find an Easter egg–“an intentional inside joke, a hidden message, or a secret feature of an interactive work (often, a computer program, video game or DVD menu screen).1 Apparently they occur in online genealogical databases too. I have been researching my husband’s Clark family,...

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