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Revisiting Milford PA

This month my sister and I took a trip back east to do genealogy. Our previous trip to Milford, PA, was 25 years ago. This time we drove up from York, PA where we were staying with our nephew. The last leg of the drive was along the lush Delaware River that divides Pennsylvania from New Jersey. It was a lovely day. Not a lot of traffic and we we able to enjoy our surroundings.

Milford, PA June 2019

The deep green vegetation lined the narrow two lane road from where we left the interstate till we were in Milford. We turned on to Broad street and recognized several buildings from our previous visit. That previous visit had been in the fall when the trees were magnificent yellow and orange this time they were lush green. We found our hotel and decided to have lunch on the porch and relax a bit before heading out to explore the picturesque town.

Milford PA Fall 1994

Our first stop was The Columns, a stately two story home that is the Pike County Historical Society museum. Our sojourn to Milford was to find the deeds and other records that we had previously  been told were not to be found.

Oh so not true. They are not online anywhere, and believe me I had looked. I continually had checked familysearch.com.

 

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The above was what I had been seeing the last 25 years. No deeds just (3) maps. I went ahead and emailed the records office prior to our trip to verify they had records from the early years when Pike County had been formed out of Wayne County. Now we were here and I was anxious to start searching the files for the Westfalls and Doughertys that had made their home in Lackawaxen township back in the mid 19th century.

Our first afternoon we stopped by the Historical Society’s museum and were able to copy items from their file on the Westfalls. So glad we had been there previously because some of what we had found 25 years ago was no longer  there or possibly the volunteer was unaware of where the information was filed.

The following day after a very pleasant breakfast at our hotel we walked the short distance to the Pike County  Administration Building where we spent the morning searching the index of Grantors and Grantees books. The Grantees index listed:

  • (24) for John Westfall from 1829 – 1848
  • (2) for Jane E. Chamberlain 1864
  • (1) for Jane Dougherty 1850
  • (1) for William Dougherty 1841

Wow, finally another source document for our 2x great grandfather William Dougherty.

A quick recap:

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The women in the records office were very helpful. We were able to get copies of many of the deeds. I extracted from the indexes the volumes and pages of any that we might be interested in getting copies for in the future.


vol 15 pg. 411 recorded Oct. 19, 1842

pg. 412

pg. 413

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The above deed shows that William Dougherty purchased from his father-in-law an acre of land in Lackawaxen township for $60 and had constructed a “dwelling house”. the instrument was dated Nov. 19, 1841. William and Jane ‘s son John Lyle was born on July 18, 1842 and the deed was recorded on October 19, 1842. This parcel of land was bordered on the east by Abranesor Griswold, south by John Westfall, and on the west by the Delaware and Hudson Canal.


Jane Dougherty vol 18, pg 346

Jane Dougherty is noted in this record as the wife of William L. Dougherty.This instrument is dated April 12 1847 and is recorded on Jan. 5 1850. This deed  conveys 3/4 of an acre from Jane’s father to her for the sum of $37. This property is noted as located at lock #12 of the Delaware & Hudson Canal and adjacent to the John Westfall property.


The maps shows Lackawaxen Creek (where the Delaware & Hudson Canal was located?) running in a north/south direction and the toe path is on the western bank, I have yet to determine exactly where the John Westfall, William Dougherty/Jane Dougherty or even the Griswold property was located during this time frame.

Great finds in Milford thanks to my sister Madeleine and the staff in the records office.

More later on other finds during this adventure.

Excel and Genealogy

Jefferson County Genealogical Society held a workshop this weekend presented by Mary Kircher Roddy   Exel-lence in Genealogy.  I had noticed quite a few webinars lately were being presented on this subject and thought, “I know Excel, maybe this is something I should be looking into.” The class had a wide range of family historians from beginners to professionals along with a wide range of individuals familiar with Excel. Once we were through some of the basics of Excel in the remaining two hours Mary was able to show us lots of ways to use Excel for genealogy.

One of the cleaver things she showed us was how to insert the search results from Ancestry, Family Search and others into our spread sheet. Once we had done that we could sort the information by any of the fields.

So putting this into practice I was interested in finding all the Irish immigrants in Pike County Pennsylvania in the 1850. William L. Dougherty my 2x great grandfather had come from Ireland sometime prior to 1842. Understanding that rarely did an individual come by themselves to some arbitrary location, my sister and I had thought to investigate the others in the area to see if we could discover who William was, exactly when he arrived and perchance what became of him.

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So I did a search of Ancestry’s 1850 Census of those born in Ireland living in Pike County, Pennsylvania. This is just a fraction of the individuals that I was able to import to an excel spread sheet. From this I can start researching and making notes on this data sheet about the individuals: when they came, who they came with,  where they came from, and where they where in later census.

The second tip I am putting into practice is the tracking of records. Currently I have a Document Log for each individual.

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But if I combine those logs in a Spread sheet by families I might be able to see more patterns or holes.

I like to use colors to designate families. Blue my fathers fathers line and Red my mothers fathers line. It was a system that the original family research binders I bought utilized and I have stayed with it.

 

 

 

 

So now I can use colors to designate other patterns. This may help in finding those family members that went missing. I can already see that I might try looking at Port Jarves for Solomon in 1880.

i’ve used other programs such as Clooz but have spent time typing in data that I never got beyond the imput. What tools are you using to help handle data?

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