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McDonald PA folder can be accessed through this link.
|In Miss Manners' Guide to Excruciatingly Correct Behavior, Freshly Updated, Judith Martin reminds that proper ladies of the past lived with a
precise lifetime limit on the number of times they could comfortably see their name in print:
"Thrice. Marriage, as well as birth and death – but only one of each – are the traditional occasions
on which a lady is supposed to undergo the pain of public scrutiny. Miss Manners, however,
is in no position to criticize those who exceed their limits.''
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQ)
Sandy Miklavic, and some friends like Victoria Hospodar Valentine
|| Sandy Miklavic
||Read the Marriage
|COUNTY (connection to)
||Washington County, Pennsylvania
|| McDonald PA and surrounding towns. Brides, Grooms, families, or wedding guests, came from as far as Allegheny County,
Mercer, and Erie to the north, Greene County to the south; Fayette, Indiana, Cambria, Philadelphia Counties to the East, and from West Virginia, New York, New Jersey, Ohio, and other western states. Sometimes, notices include one or more parents’ overseas birth places.
|| Many notices also tell where couples would reside locally, or if they moved out of state.
|| 1880s to 1950s
|INCLUSIVE OF ALL DATES?
|| No. Likely spotty in all years.
|| Groom's name (i.e. Groom_Bride)
|Is there ONE list of all these marriages?
|| The Master List in Excel will be updated
sometime in 2010 and put online. See bottom of this page for more
|AGES OF COUPLES
|| While ages are not given, some notices show
younger persons to middle-aged.
||These notices came from:
* NOTE: These are not the only historical newspapers for Washington
but this marriage collection came from the McDonald newspapers listed
|Where can I get more information?
||The microfilms are held at:
The Heritage Public Library
52 Fourth Street,
McDonald, PA 15057
MONDAY: 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM
TUESDAY, WEDNESDAY, THURSDAY: 10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
FRIDAY: 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
SATURDAY: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
|Why are there "2 dates" on these?
||Every event described in a newspaper has
"2 dates". One date is when the event occurred, such as
"married on June 23, 1930". The 2nd date is when the
newspaper printed information about the event.
At the top of each article the newspaper date and newspaper name, if
known, is given as a "title" for the article. ALL jpg
files are named by the newspaper date and the filename is
given at the bottom, after the article.
A line right above the filename shows the groom and bride's full
names, with their marriage date if known.
MOST but not all newspaper notices give the "event date" in
So, look at the article and the "groom and bride" line for
Look at the "title" line and the filename for the newspaper
|How accurate are the marriage dates?
||As with any newspaper item, searchers should
obtain a "primary record" to verify dates-- such as a marriage
license application and marriage return at the Court House.
Newspapers are often used as the only available marriage record, but
newspaper articles do contain mistakes.
|How accurate is the date given for the newspaper?
||For collections this big, there can be or
might be mistakes for the date noted of the newspaper itself. You
can obtain a copy yourself to double-check the newspaper date.
|If there might be errors for dates of
newspapers, are the newspaper names accurate?
||The collector tried to accurately note which
newspaper and which date, to the best of her ability. However,
mistakes might happen with a big collection. You can obtain a
copy yourself to double-check the newspaper date.
|I noticed a discrepancy between a date or a newspaper
name in the "title" you used, and what the filename says at
the bottom of the wedding notice. Which is right?
||The *only* source of information I had was in
the FILE NAME that Sandy assigned, and the newspaper initial at the
bottom of *some* articles. Sandy did put the newspaper name in
most (over 1/2 to 3/4ths) of the file names.
If there is a discrepancy between the "title" I made, and
the FILE NAME shown, (example, "title" says "The
Record" but filename shows "outlook"), then I made a
mistake in copying the info from the filename. Believe the
filename first... and second, research the newspaper to double-check
every part of the "citation" (the title) given.
|Why do some "titles" say this....
"From the McDonald, PA Record ~or~ Outlook ~or~ Record-Outlook
||Sometimes, the newspaper name was not noted,
and so, I listed ~or~ between the names of all 3 newspapers. The Heritage Public Library
may be able to help you determine or to verify the newspaper name.
Some notices appeared in both The Record and The Outlook, when the two
papers operated separately.
|Why do some "titles" say probably or
possibly, such as "From the McDonald, PA (probably) Record-Outlook newspaper of...
||These had no newspaper name included and none
in the article. The Record-Outlook can be on papers as early as
1934--- but because the info was missing, I used possibly or probably in
parentheses on many unlabeled notices for 1938 and 1939, hoping to
|Why do you have "page unknown" in every
"title" you created for the notices?
||A good newspaper citation should include the
minimum of: 1. newspaper name 2. city, State 3. date 4. page
number.... as well as "what" (newspaper notice), and
"who" (name of "person of interest"). My
"title" and the article contents gives the basics for the
citation. However, it is often difficult to remember to get the
newspaper page, or the microfilm is cut off. Early papers had no page
numbers. Therefore, I put "page unknown" so searchers
would know that the notices sent to me had no page numbers to put
online. Most papers are small up through the 1950s, so it should
be easy to search for the page number on your own.
|Why are some things put inside [ brackets ] ?
||Anytime something is added to any original
article, book, official record, etc., the person should use [brackets]
to contain the added information and show it as [this was added to the
original]. To keep the notices consistent for the header,
for example, I put [GROOM - BRIDE ] into brackets on articles where no
names were used in the header / newspaper title of the article.
Additionally, brackets are used around the word "sic", a
Latin term meaning:
In such manner; so; thus, to show it appeared in the source.
Or, another way to think of it is "a typist did not introduce an
error into the original".
error or misspelling is marked with [sic] immediately after the item,
and before any comma or period that immediately follows the error.
Sic should be italicized, but I did not do it this way simply for
I used [sic=correction] to show what the error should be because,
sometimes, it is difficult to quickly spot or to understand "Why is
this an error?" The best example is when a town is
misspelled, but the reader is unfamiliar with the town names and how
each is spelled.
|The copy is cut-off, crumbled, difficult to
read. Can you get another copy?
||Please see "Where can I get more
information" listed above. However, many newspapers were in
poor condition prior to microfilming. I have no further
information and no better copy.
|Did the article have a photo of the couple?
||I don't know. If I received an article with a
photo, I placed both together online.
|How were the images manipulated / changed?
||Using Photoshop, these images were reset to
lower resolution as needed for web use. Images were straightened
to horizontal, cropped as needed. Many images were lightened --and
many more were darkened-- to
enhance readability; some needed poor coloring removed (example:
yellow). Therefore, the items are online are likely more readable
now than when just scanned or photographed.
|I can't see any image/s; images won't load; I only see
an informational tagline.
||With many larger images, and larger web pages
to accommodate them, this collection is best viewed with Broadband
If you use
Broadband and can't see an image, please delete the Temporary Internet
Files on your PC and try again. Use F5 for a "hard"
refresh of the page.
My apologies to dial-up users. These pages are based at a 56.6K
modem and may take 1 to 2 minutes to load on dial-up. **Most pages
will take less than 1 minute** but some may take much longer.
|I noticed a problem on a page....
||Please copy the entire URL of the page from
your browser's URL Line and email it to me, along with details of the
problem. My email address appears at the bottom of every page.
|Can the person who collected these help me more?
||Unfortunately, no. The Court House and
Libraries often have a list of "Researchers for Hire".
|Can you help me more?
||Unfortunately, no. I do not live in my
"hometown" now and cannot do research.
|Copyright and re-use; Can I copy an image
and the text?
||** The images and text may be used for
personal family history.
***No one should copy the entire collection or
portions of the collection for re-use. No one should copy these notices
to another website. Ten additional typists worked hard to type;
the webmaster, Judy typed also and fixed images; and Sandy spent
hundreds of hours to collect these notices, and no one is permitted to
copy them for another project.
Wedding Notices from Master List #1 from McDonald PA Newspapers
Approx 324 notices were not received by Nov. 13, 2009.
||Newspapers give wonderful insight into world,
country, community, and personal trends in every area of social history.
Even the typists who helped on this project, the more they worked with
the articles, began to notice a number of marriage trends in SW PA
towns. Whether these trends follow national fashion or not is
unknown. To learn more, read "Marriage
Traditions or Trends In Washington County PA between 1880s and 1940s or
so" which I had previously written based on my knowledge
about newspaper articles written in our county.
|Lastly, I and a group of dedicated volunteer typists
worked very hard on this project, every day from February to September
2009. We tried very hard to make the notices available.
The original images were arranged on a "Master List".
However, I received images not on the "Master List". I
will be working well into 2010 to add these extra notices to the
"List" and to the web site.
The "Master List" as a whole will not be put online until I
have added in all the notices. However, the A-B, C-D alpha
break-down of the original list is online. Just click one of the
letters on the Marriage Index page.
Typed by Sandy Miklavic and Judith Florian
A group of dedicated typists began helping in 2009.
Volunteer typists included:
Alice Walton Mason
This page was added Sept 30, 2009
Description and Important Details about
the newspapers used on this website.
me to One Page List of ALL Newspaper Items
(Long, will need to scroll down.)
Go to Site
Map - FULL - everything on One Page
(Long, will need to scroll down.)
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
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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