LITTLE BITS & BIG PIECES
Here we have Little Bits of interesting TRIVIA & CURIOSITIES
Some Big Pieces of HISTORY that may help in understanding the land and the environs of our Ancestors.
Reminisces of Flora Blanche Martens Winebrenner
Old Midland Bank Building
Midland, MD. History
Midland Centennial - Clary Miller
Midland Opera House
"From Up the Crick"
by Mary Coleen (Burns) Buckley
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A great site dedicated to Mining!
There are pages for various states that you may want to explore also, but this link will take you directly to
Maryland Mines where many of our ancestors toiled.
Pennsylvania and West Virginia should also be of interest.
I believe there is a link at the bottom for the "home" page where you can find other articles and states.
(Courtesy of Rose Mary Snyder)
Lonaconing Silk Mill
From the Daily Mail UK
Inside the forgotten mill which helped clothe America: Amazing pictures of silk mill untouched since it last worked in 1957
•Eerie photographs show the abandoned belongings left behind by workers when Lonaconing Silk Mill closed
•The crumbling factory in [Lonaconing] Maryland, USA opened in 1905 but by the 1950s was considered clunky and outdated
•It finally closed its doors in summer 1957 after seeing its 300-strong staff dwindle to just a few dozen workers
•Drink cartons, old shoes and calendars dated July 1957 were all left behind by workers on their final shift
•See pictures from inside the mill & read more
(Courtesy of Marion Chappell)
The C & O Canal
A three-part Thomas Edison movie from the early 1900's, showing the C & O Canal.
Each link is for a different part of the movie, lasting about 5 to 6 minutes each.
(Courtesy of Shawn McGreevy)
Online Funeral Home Obituaries
There are a couple of funeral homes in Allegany County which will let you sign up to receive an email when they post an obituary.
The ones I know of are:
Wilhelm-Eakin Funeral Home, Midland and Lonaconing
Scarpelli Funeral Home
Also, the following funeral homes have webpages where you can look at
Burdock-Fredlock Funeral Home, Oakland, Maryland
Boal Funeral Home, Westernport and Barton
Durst Funeral Home, Frostburg
Upchurch Funeral Home, Cumberland and Fort Ashby
Adams Funeral Home, Cumberland
(Courtesy of Shawn McGreevy)
Newman Funeral Home in Grantsville
supplies obituaries, but they can't be copied directly from the site;
in other words, you have to type them yourself:
Hafer Funeral Services also has obits online:
(Courtesy of Sheryl Kelso)
If you haven't already viewed this film, it is well worth the time to watch, for the historical value.
You will recognize some of the people in the film.
The film is from a Frostburg State University grant . . . although somewhat lengthy, it has some wonderful,
interesting historical information and great photos . . . if you haven't seen it, I hope you take time to watch it.
(Courtesy of Sheryl Kelso)
Garrett County, MD.
Allegany County ~ 1845
The Coal & Iron Interests
A Sketch of Prosperity from the
Washington Union Newspaper
Ever wonder what some of those ailments were that you find in obituaries or death certificates?
Or what medical terms mean?
Here's a list to help you figure out the cause of death for your ancestors.
If you've come across your third great grandfather in the census listed as a "drayman"
and want to know what he did for a living, check this listing of
ARCHAIC OCCUPATIONS to find out.
"Days Gone By" ~ Wills Mountain Inn
~J. Suter Kegg, 1994
Experienced genealogists use clues found in one record
to find other records about the same individual.
This article describes some of the clues found in census records
FINDING CLUES IN THE CENSUS
FLOUR SACKS AS GARMENTS
Many a little girl of yesterday wore dresses and bloomers fashioned of the indispensable Flour Sack.
FORT CUMBERLAND ~ 1788
from "History of Western Maryland", Vol. 2 pp. 1343 and 1344
Prehistoric History of Western Maryland
FOSSILS AND FOSSIL IMPRINTS
We don't know for sure what it is, though it seems to be
a "Tongue In Cheek" meeting of members for their own amusement.
Sometimes it seems life was so much slower, simpler, nicer, and
uncomplicated before the twentieth century.
But your great grandparents didn't have it so easy!
"Home Sweet Home.....in the Nineteenth Century" by Karen Frisch
HOME SWEET HOME
LIFE WAS GOOD IN BLACK & WHITE
Remember life in the 1950's?
This will bring back some memories!
A History of Lumber, Saw Mills and Shingle Making
from BROWNS MISCELLANEOUS WRITINGS
prepared and written from 1880 to 1895.
Jacob Brown: the sole Author
LUMBER INTEREST OF WESTERN MARYLAND
Maryland Route 36
Take a trip through Allegany County
Wiy U Kant Fynd Yer Ansesterz
RootsWeb's Guide to Tracing Family Trees ~ Guide No. 8
MISSPELD KNAMES ~ A COMMUN PROBBLEM FOR REESERCHORS
Main St. Photos from the Early 1900's
HARRY BEAL ~ FIRST NAVY SEAL
If you know about the types of photography used at various periods,
it can be very helpful in dating old pictures of your ancestors.
PHOTOGRAPHY AS A TOOL IN GENEALOGY
A History of Will's Town
Ye Good Ole Days!
Whether true or not, who knows? Here is some trivia about life in
by Hazel Groves Hansrote
The Land of Will's Creek from 1728
16th Century England that allegedly gave us terms we use to this day!
WAS IT REALLY THE GOOD OLE DAYS??
MERRY OLDE ENGLAND ~ 1500's
ZAIS Oil Wick Miners' Lamp
Miners' lamp made in 1876 by tinsmith Frederick Bernhart Zais
husband of Esther/Hester Winebrenner
Family information for
(JOHAN GEORG ZEISS)
Frederick Barnhart Zais
[Friedrich Bernhardt Zaiss]
(Courtesy of Robin Larson)