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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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Working with Yearbooks and Navy Cruise Books

In a recent post I shared that my mother passed away in May of 2017. Her passing started a succession of sorting, finding new homes for, and sometimes discarding the objects that she had accumulated over her lifetime. Clothing came first, then clumps of papers, then caches of other...

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Gratitudes for Thanksgiving 2015

As I was sitting in a car being driven through Chicago en route from Rhode Island to Minnesota, reading compiled military service records and pension files for five Civil War veterans pulled from the collections of the National Archives by a researcher in Washington, DC, and sent to me...

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