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research about ancestors from Little Washington, Washington County PA with
newspaper articles, birth, death, marriage, notices, obituaries often with
cemeteries noted, probate, deed, surname, family trees or family histories,
reunions and other information.
are the "Who's Who" files?
In the course of researching our families, we made
hundreds (thousands?) of 8"x11 1/2" Xerox pages to capture
needed items. These pages also had articles, obituaries, marriage
notices and other information about other families.
I transcribed all readable material from these copies
that contained names or interesting items about the county. I will
be posting the items over the next year into "Who's Who" pages
on this website.
These articles span over 150 years. I do NOT have
successive dates, only what is typed here. ALL articles
appeared in Washington County newspapers, generally from The Observer or
The Reporter (with the various name changes these newspapers had over
the years.) The citation given will be as complete as I have it
(some citations have missing pieces however), along with the researcher
and transcriber names. You may use these for your genealogy, but
would appreciate that you credit who found the item.
Births, Marriages, and Deaths were separated to their
own web pages (check all "years" files, though, in case
something was missed.).
I give here special acknowledgement to my sister,
Catherine Louise [Florian] Caldwell, who helped me research the
newspapers. She spent thousands of research hours and hundreds of
dollars in copying these articles from microfilmed newspapers at the
Citizen's Library in Washington, Pennsylvania. (Or hand-copied the
items found.) She had been going blind, but she still used the
hard-to-read microfilm on the old-and-often-broken microfilm readers to
collect obituaries and other items for our families. My sister
researched up to the day-before her unexpected death, June 2, 2003.
Cathy should be recognized for her perseverance and dedication to
genealogy research, and for her unyielding generosity and open heart
Our family does have connections to *some* of these
surnames, but my lines may not be related to the individual people.
Other families are not related in any way to my lines. Please see
my family pages for lists of my surnames and family research.
Some articles are just "excerpts" of the names
in the article and the citation (date etc.). These are ones that
my sister jotted down, and had intended to go back to make Xerox copies
when she had more time and money. (It was typical that the microfilm
reader with printer was broken, or in use by other library patrons, so
copies could not always be obtained in just one visit.) But,
my sister died before she was able to go back for the actual copies.
Although the ones that are excerpts just contain names,
they still have value for researchers; since the newspapers are NOT
indexed, the excerpts will at least give you the date and sometimes the
page numbers. With that information, you can make a request
through the Citizen's Library for them to check that newspaper
date if you want the full article.
It is my sincere hope that you will find these articles
helpful to your research.
Because most articles contain more than one surname,
are grouped by year.
|Important Note: You will see on
most of these newspaper items "page unknown."
To explain, most early newspapers were 3 or 4 pages (3 pages had 1 full
page and a half page inserted between). On these early papers,
there was no page number used on each page. After many
years, they went to 6 or 8 pages, depending on the amount of content
they had ready. On the 6-8 pages is when they started using
numbers on each page.
The only way to count pages on the microfilm reader is to go
backwards to the beginning, but this is difficult because each roll is
image after image of each newspaper (there is no "marker"
except the "first page" of each date and it is easy to push
the button and end up several months from the date you were just
viewing.) Therefore, we didn't go back and "count" pages
from the front page to the page we were on.
As I write about in Use of Newspapers (see Genealogy_101 section), it
is fairly easy to guess an approximate page on the earliest papers.
Generally, national news is page 1, or very important local and
political news. Local Glances type columns are pages 2, 3, or 4
(the middle section of that day's newspaper). Death notices,
obituaries, reunions were also usually in the middle sections, except if
the person was prominent/famous. Advertisements were
anywhere; classifieds were towards the last page unless used as filler
on other pages.
Even without a date, it should be fairly simple to find the item on
the newspapers sized from 4 to 8 pages long. The Library has been
charging $10.00 per look-up, even when you have an exact page number.
TO LODGES_Washington County PA
to Births, Marriages, Reunions, Major Events in Washington County PA
PAGE FOR OBITUARIES FROM NEWSPAPERS OF Washington County PA
to Physicians in Washington County PA
Page of Newspaper Articles from Washington County Pennsylvania (PA)
INDEX TO RAILROADS,
TRAINS, TRAIN SCHEDULES of WASHINGTON COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA
to the YEARS Section of these Newspapers
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in Washington, PA
and other Families of "Washpa"
All newspaper items posted with permission of
the Observer-Reporter Oct. 13, 2005.
(c) Judith Ann Florian
159 E. Main St.
Girard, Ohio 44420
Copyright Notice - Data / info. for individuals and surnames
may be reproduced for personal family histories only, but not for any
commercial use or sale. Please give credit to Judith Florian and Catherine L.
Caldwell for locating newspaper items and original documents. You may use J.
Florian's research conclusions if credit is given. No other data or images may
be reproduced without permission. © August 2005-present, Judith Florian,
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