Erie County (PA) Genealogy

What's New - News Archive

January 1, 2001 - December 31, 2001


[listed in reverse order]

December 31, 2001 Added two new feature pages to the Schools Related section that were carryover from the October-November theme, one an 1897 article about Girard Twp schools transcribed by Rich Biondi, and the other a 1902-1903 Miles Grove School graduation program transcribed by Evelyn Baker, and provided by Chris Tyrrell Sedler. This later page contains over 200 names of students, graduates, and administrators from about 100 years ago from what is today Lake City.

December 30, 2001 Added two new feature pages to the Churches of Erie County. The first, submitted by site guest Regina Flahie, is a history of St. Cyprian's Catholic Church of Waterford, along with some bio info on one of her ancestors. The second, another wonderful submission from Evelyn Baker, is a listing of about 88 marriages performed by Methodist 'circuit rider' Rev. Stuntz between 1825 - 1865. This listing not only includes Erie Co (PA) marriages, but also quite a number from Crawford Co.

December 18, 2001 Re-indexed the Pico Search Engine with 403 pages on the site now indexed. This is close to 100 pages more than 9 months ago.

December 17, 2001 Added new Church related page for the Bethel Baptist Church 1888 to 1938 Golden Anniversary Souvenir as copied by Marlene Wilkinson, a site guest. Linked the page from both the City of Erie page and the Church Related Index page. Also linked the Churches chapter from the Bates History to the Church Related index.

December 15, 2001 Revised Marian Fromkneckt's Catholic Church Directory, based on information submitted from Marian several months ago (an example of valuable information for which I needed a 'gentle reminder' that I already had the info).

December 11, 2001 Revised and renamed the Church Related Index page to include all information by the associated township. Also revised the Wayne Township page, which is one of only a handful of townships still needing a coordinator.

December 10, 2001 Added two new church pages from information submitted by Nancy Richings, Middletown and Beaverdam 1827 partial membership rosters, linked both pages from the church index page and the associated township.

December 7, 2001 Added original article written by Evelyn Baker concerning the United Methodist Church of West Springfield, including a picture of the church as it looked in 1912. This article is linked from both the Church Index page, and from the Springfield Township page.

December 2, 2001 Revised the Find-A-Grave index page to reflect additional names being added to Erie Cemetery, and added a link to Sharps Corners Cemetery.

November 27-28, 2001 Added photo feature by Bill Klauk of Fairview School #4. Revised Schools Index page to add several new coming pages still in the works and to link all school related pages recently created. Revised the Elk Creek Township page, the Fairview Township page and the Springfield Twp page to reflect recent additions

November 26, 2001 Added a page with a picture and text concerning the Sawdy School (Elk Creek Twp) circa 1912 submitted by Mary Silfies Mills.

about November 25, 2001 Added a photo feature article on Fairview Township School #3 done by Bill Klauk.

around November 20-24, 2001 Added Rich Biondi's History of Fairview Township Schools.

November 16, 2001 Added Evelyn Baker's History of Camp Sequoyah to the Erie County (PA) Scout's page, and added a scan of the 1979 Sequoyah 50th anniversary patch to the Sequoyah patches page.

November 12, 2001 Added a revised Greenfield Township Schools and 7 other pages for 1890-1910 period schools in Greenfield as contributed by Larry Sugden. Revised both the Schools Index page and the Greenfield Township page to include and list links for the 7 schools.

November 11, 2001 Launched the Scouts page with the addition of two pages, one a 1935 news clipping concerning the Girl Scouts, and the other a pictorial feature on the camping badges given to Boy Scouts at Camp Sequoyah in the 1950s and 60s.

November 5, 2001 Site maintenance. Added a link on the Links page to Erie Co (PA) section of the Newspaper Abstracts project. From here one can go to any Newspaper Abstracts.

November 2, 2001 Site maintenance day today. Revised Old Time Photos page and added links to two off-site web pages -- Teri Brown's Erie County Old Photos (a part of Western Pennsylvania Old Photos) and Ward Waldo's Local Area Pictures. Also did minor revision to Cemetery Index page and added a link to Ward Waldo's Western Erie Co (PA) Cemetery Pictures. All three of these pages will be cross referenced with on-site pages as time permits. Also made changes to the "home page", adding the link to the newly created Erie Co Scouts index page. Late night: Finally finished the Thomas and Sarah Smith Family History with the addition of the last three children of the 2nd generation. Linked to both Family History Index page and Venango Township page. Changed "title" on a number of mislabeled web pages.

November 1, 2001 Added a school related page which is a transcription of the invitation for the Class Day Exercises for the Edinboro Public School Class of 1895. This page also includes the scanned image of the actual invitation and is linked from the Schools Index page. Also updated the main home page to reflect adding of the SCOUTS theme for November. Finally, archived this "What's New" page through the end of September and consolidated old archives into quarterly documents.

October 31, 2001 Added a school related page which is a transcription of the Class Day Exercises "programme" for the Edinboro Public School Class of 1895 and linked from the Schools Index page.

October 26, 2001 Posted several new school theme pages and linked all from the Schools Index page. New pages include a picture and names of the Corry Class of 1913, names from a souviner booklet from Sherrod Hill School #12 from 1911-1913, and a modern day photo feature of the former School #3 in Fairview Twp.

October 25, 2001 Rebuilt the Schools Index page after a corruption problem. Corrected a name entry on the North East school picture page.

October 22, 2001 I am pleased to announce that Dick Tefft has agreed to be coordinator for North East Township. Added Dick's welcome letter, a picture, and scans of three old time post cards to the North East page, as well as updating the Township index page.

October 21, 2001 Added a number of "Coming Soon" items to the Erie Co Schools index page. Also added a photo of the top portion of an early diploma to that page as submitted by Larry Sugden.

October 18, 2001 Added a page with three school related people pictures from the North East area as submitted by Dick Tefft. Linked this page from both the schools index page and from the North East Township page. Realigned the Erie Co Schools Index page more or less in alpha order by township/community and changed some wording.

October 17, 2001 Added Carroll family history article written in 1937 by Lewis F. Carroll and submitted by Barbara Carroll. Linked this page from both the Family Histories and Union Township pages.

October 15-16, 2001 Added a page of pictures concerning the Branchville School as submitted by Bonnie Guilford and linked to the Schools page. Reindexed the PICO search engine to capture all pages added since the end of July. We now have 380 pages on the site.

October 14, 2001 Added two Schools pages from Springfield Twp submitted by Evelyn Baker and linked from the Erie Co Schools page - West Springfield Academy history and Applesauce - The Yearbook Alumni listing from 1931. Changed the order around on the Schools Index page by adding township and city sections. Linked several older pages to the School section.

October 13, 2001 Added several pages on the Brooks family. Link Samuel Brooks Family history to the Family History page. Created a Faces of Erie Co page for the Brooks family and links from the main Faces of Erie Co index. These were all submissions from Ron Bloch.

October 12, 2001 Removed the link to the Erie Co government provided map on the current maps page as the link was "broken".

October 11, 2001 Modified the Courthouse and Vital Records page to reflect new links to the Erie County Government site which has been changed all around. Changed all links to get as close to information as possible.

October 1-10, 2001 Home page changed to modify welcome letter to announce School theme for October.

September 4-30, 2001 Very few changes or additions during the month. Some minor changes made on the Find-A-Grave page under Cemeteries. Home page modifed several times with the last change due to events of 9/11.

September 3, 2001 Labor Day 2001! Updated this page by archiving the June 2001 updates. Revised Home page welcome letter and made other cosmestic changes to home page. Added an early schools article submitted by Larry Sugden and linked from the Greenfield Township page. Added a page for the list of 57 funerals at South Hill Church as submitted by Bonnie Guilford and linked from the McKean Township page.

September 2, 2001 Updated the Greenfield Township page to reflect a new welcome letter from Larry Sugden, a slight edit of the Colt's Station picture, and a standard background. Added two pages contributed by Evelyn Baker - West Springfield Canning Factory and the Springfield Civil War Vets. Updated the Springfield Twp page to include a standard background and linked the two new pages. Also linked the Springfield Civil War Vets page to the Erie County Military page.

August 29, 2001 This is the 1st birthday of the revised web site! Many, many thanks to Mike Wennin for getting it started, and thanks to all of you who have contributed material over the past year. It is only through the contributions that the site will continue to grow.

August 28, 2001 Added History of Albion Cemetery page by Kay Pomeroy and linked from both Conneaut Township and from the main cemetery index page.

August 12, 2001 Added two pages for Asbury United Methodist Church Cemetery, one an index page with some descriptive text, and one a small photo album page. Linked these pages to the Erie County Cemetery Index page and the Millcreek Township page. Added a Find-A-Grave link for the Fairview Cemetery and added a handful of records and pictures to this Find-A-Grave site. Updated the latest count on Laurel Hill Cemetery at Find-A-Grave. The individual doing the posting now has over 16,500 names of Laurel Hill burials.

August 11, 2001 Added a brief History of Academy High School as written by Bonnie Guilford and linked to the Erie Co Schools page and to the City of Erie page. Added a page for an Oren Reed 1868 tax map for a partial area of McKean Twp as submitted by Bonnie Guilford and linked from the McKean Township page.

August 1 - August 10, 2001 Several minor changes made, but most work in background preparing some cemetery pages for upload. Off-site, deed images are being uploaded to the Rootsweb Message Board by Larry Sugden. Revised "home page" welcome letter.

Through July 31, 2001 Absent minded County coordinator forgot what changes were made, although he thinks some were.

July 21, 2001 Revised this page, adding news archives for April and May 2001. Reindexed Pico Search engine to reflect latest changes.

Through July 21, 2001 Revised all first level pages in Erie County Data section to have same background. Changed wording on Township Index page to reflect "Coordinated by" instead of "Hosted by". Refreshed the Fairview Township page and added a link to the 1865 Fairview Directory as provided by Rich Biondi. Updated the Current Photo page to reflect the Zing close down and removed all Zing links. Did the same thing on the Cemeteries Index page. Added a new page with a complete index (280 plus names) to the reading of St. Nicholas Cemetery in Millcreek Twp on Old French Road. Revised the Find-A-Grave Index page to reflect latest count for Laurel Hill, and to add St. Nicholas. Updated the St. Nicholas Cemetery Photo Album page. Off site, Bill Klauk has over 1000 photos posted to Find-A-Grave. Also off site, Bill Klauk is coordinating efforts to insure that the Rootsweb "Message Board" for Erie Co (PA) will be an effective tool for Erie Co (PA) researchers.

Through July 12, 2001 Revised welcome letter on the home page. Revised Important Announcements on July 8th and added second Important Announcement on July 12th. Revised Conneaut Township page and announced Ward Waldo as township coordinator. Much behind the scene work regarding the new Rootsweb "Message Board", the Zing photo service closedown, and Find-A-Grave, where many of the cemetery pictures will end up.

Through June 29, 2001 This past week has been hectic with Rootsweb changing from the GenConnect Boards to a new consolidated Message Board, and with Zing photo album service announcing they were shutting down. Changes to the web site included taking out the links to the individual GenConnect Boards, twice adding links to the new Message Board, sending out numerous e-mail to PAERIE and other lists concerning the new Message Board, adding temporary comments to the page explaining GenConnect (which no longer exists), and adding temporary comments to the Current Photos, and Old Time Photos page explaining the Zing close down and indicating most albums will not be viewable after July 2nd. Also created a new page for photos of Erie County Flagholders found in cemeteries and did create links to the new page from both the Cemetery Records page and from the Current Photos page. This page needs a lot more work, but it is moved. Updated the Fairview Township page at the request of Rich Biondi, township coordinator, to include a request for anything about pre-1920 about schools in the township. Re-indexed the site for the Pico Search engine and we now have 392 pages indexed. Off the site have uploaded a number of cemetery photos to Find-A-Grave, along with listings. Working on a complete reading of St. Nicholas Cemetery on Old French Road and will provide that listing on-line when complete. Probably made some other changes but the week has been too hectic to remember tham all.

June 19-21, 2001 Updated the vital records page to reflect new data received about the Erie County Courthouse fee for naturalizations. Updated the Summit Township page and added an 1860 directory of officials submitted by Barb Seyler. Corrected several pages that had a surname spelling error.

June 17, 2001 (Later) Changed the link for Joseph Schmitt's 'family album" from Zing to FotoTime on the Faces of Erie County. Added a link to a subscription service American Civil War Database on the other links section of Erie County Military. Added "Coming Soon" entries for each major conflict on the Erie County Military page.

June 17, 2001 Modified Faces of Erie County page with new background and to reflect the closing of Zing. Added a link to the Kuzma Family genealogy page. Made a new page to replace the Zing album for Albion Area school class pictures. Linked this page on the Faces of Erie County page. Recreated the original Albion Schools page which was deleted in error. Changed background on the recreated page.

June 16, 2001 Modified home page with Zing announcement, and information about GenConnect boards not being available for several days.

June 15, 2001 Modified both photo album pages (current photos, old time photos) to reflect the announcement that ZING will close down on July 2nd and all albums using Zing service will no longer be available.

June 11, 2001 Modified home page, making Erie County Military the feature for the month.

June 6, 2001 I am pleased to announce that Bonnie Bayle Guilford has asked to be the McKean Township coordinator. Added welcome letter and several early 1900 post cards from Bonnie Guilford to the McKean Township page, refreshed the page and updated the township index page.

June 2, 2001 Fixed 2 typo errors on the Ft. LeBoeuf Early Families page and changed background image. Changed background image on the Townships index page.

June 1, 2001 Thanks to a photo submission by Ward Waldo, the recently posted Sherrod Hill Cemetery page has already been revised and has 7 photos added to it.

May 30, 2001 Added cemetery burial listings as provided by Beth Simmons for Hoag, Clark and Harborcreek Presbyterian, all in Harbor Creek Township, along with an alphabetical index including the previous three cemeteries, Gospel Hill, and a portion of South Harborcreek Methodist. Linked all these pages from both the Cemetery Index page and from the Harbor Creek Township page. Added a page for Evergreen Cemetery listing instructions on requesting a look-up in the book published on a previous cemetery reading of Evergreen. Linked to the Cemetery Index and to the Union Township page. Changed background on the Union Township page.

May 28, 2001 Added a special Memorial Day Tribute from my collection of digital photos and linked it from the Military index page. Fixed 2 broken links on the LeBoeuf Township page concerning census data that was correctly linked on the census page. Updated background and e-mail address for Audry on the LeBoeuf Township page. Added a link on the Cemetery Index page, and on the Harbor Creek Township page to Chuck Bliley's Gospel Hill Cemetery page. Added a link on the Harbor Creek Township page to Chuck Bliley's Erie County ancestors page.

May 25, 2001 Added a page for the transcribed deed for Sherrod Hill Cemetery (from 1852) as submitted by Bonnie Guilford. Modified the newly added Sherrod Hill Cemetery page to link to this deed, and to add a report on the current condition. The deed is also linked from the Elk Creek Township page. Added a new page for Marvintown, the settlement from about 28th and Parade to 38th and Pine Avenue, but mainly centered on the 5 points intersection where present day Route 8 (Wattsburg Road/Pine Avenue) meet Route 97 (Old French Road). This page is linked from the City of Erie page, and is contributed by Marian Matha-Fromkneckt.

May 23, 2001 Added new page for Sherrod Hill Cemetery in Elk Creek Township as submitted by Bonnie Guilford. Linked from Elk Creek Twp page and from the Cemetery Index page. Added an article submitted by Beth Simmons concerning general information about the cemeteries in Harbor Creek Township. Linked this page from the Cemetery Index page and from the Harbor Creek Township page. Updated Harbor Creek Township page with new background and listed cemetery names.

May 22, 2001 Added two additional pages about the North East Presbyterian Church as submitted by Dwight Copper, one the listing of the original 1801 members at chuch founding, and the other listings of all Pastors and Elders of the church between 1801 and 1901, including birth and death info on those Elders who were deceased in 1901. Added the 1901 Trustees to the Early History of the Church originally added on May 18th. Linked to North East Township page and Church Records Index page.

May 21, 2001 Made several changes to the Find-A-Grave Index page linked from the Cemetery Index page, including changing the background.

May 18, 2001 Added new page for North East Presbyterian Church Early History as submitted by Dwight Copper. Linked to North East Township page and Church Records Index page.

May 14-15, 2001 Updated the Emerson Family Faces of Erie County page with new information submitted by Linda Emerson. Added two more of the SMITH children, Sarah and Hannah, and linked from Venango Township, the main Thomas & Sarah Smith page, and the Family Histories Index page. The two views of Sarah's gravestone in the Belle Valley Church Cemetery are courtesty of Bill Klauk.

May 13, 2001 Added 1820 LeBoeuf Township and 1820 Union Township census extracts as submitted by Barb Seyler. These were linked to the Census Index page, and to the appropriate township page. Modified the Union Township page, adding a 1907 postcard photo of the Union City High School. Changed the background color on the "What's New" page.

May 12, 2001 Added 1896 Fairview Township Directory as submitted by Rich Biondi and linked from the Fairview Twp page and from the Census Index page. Added different picture of the 1910 era County Courthouse to the "home page". Added a new background to the Census Index page.

May 8, 2001 Added 1820 and 1830 Beaver Dam Township (now known as Greene Twp) census data as extracted and submitted by Barb Seyler. Linked to the Census Index page and to the Greene Township page. Even though Greene Township does not have a volunteer coordinator, added several pictures to the Greene Twp page to enhance an otherwise empty township page. Archived March 2001 What's New news items. Added the 1890 Special Schedule of Veterans for Union Township (no Union City) as submitted by Linda Emerson. Union City will be in a separate posting.

May 7, 2001 A complete revision and redesign of the Cemetery Index page has been completed with about 175 cemeteries, burial plots and historic/commemorative burial locations listed.

May 5, 2001 Added 3 more of the Smith 2nd Generation with links to Venango Township and Family Histories pages. Refreshed Home Page with a new background and made some changes to the welcome letter. Added direct links on the home page to ESGR and to Blasco Library.

May 3, 2001 Added 3 of the children of Thomas & Sarah Smith, Samuel, Robert and Harvey, to the Family Histories page, and also linked from the Venango Township page and from Thomas & Sarah Smith - Part 1 feature page. These pages were contributed by Susan Smith.

April 27-30, 2001 Added links to off site pages of the ROGERS family of Elk Creek Twp to the Elk Creek Township page. Added two feature pages to the Family Histories of Erie County as submitted by Beth Simmons - Cobbler's Children, Part 1 and Coover/Bonnell of Waterford. Began using a new background on some pages as submitted by Chuck Bliley. Added a 1873-4 Fairview Business Directory as submitted by Rich Biondi, and linked from Fairview Township and created a section with a link on the Census index page. Added the 1870 Fairview Presbyterian Church charter as submitted by Evelyn Baker with links on the Fairview Township page and on the Church Records page. Added an Early Photographers Directory as submitted by Gaylene Kerr Banister with a link on the City of Erie page, and the Old Time Photos page.

April 18-25, 2001 Added 1830 and 1840 Amity township census index as submitted by Betty Matteson Rhodes and linked from the Census Index page and from the Amity Township page. Added a new Faces of Erie County feature page for Jacob Haller from material submitted by Anne Nestlerode. Refreshed the Faces of Erie County index page by adding a month and year to all the 'old' new files. Added a new page for Find-A-Grave index and linked to the Cemetery Index page. Find-A-Grave is an independent internet service for searching for and adding cemetery and burial records for any United States cemetery.

April 13-17, 2001 Added a link on the Family Histories feature page to the transcribed "Early Days in Wellsburg" that was previously only linked from Elk Creek Township. Added a 1876 "platt" map of Greenfield Township which is linked from both the Maps index page and from Greenfield Township page. Reorganized the Maps index page Added three pages on Greenfield Township put together by Larry Sugden - one which contains census indexes for 1820, 1830, 1840, 1850 and 1860; one which indexes the 1876 "platt" map and cross links to small fast loading extracts of the map; and one page which gives some actual 1850 census data on people who are in the census, but are not Heads of Household and therefore not in the index. Added a page from Evelyn Baker and linked to the Springfield Township page which is a transcription of the actual charter for the Borough of East Springfield. Added 1860 Amity Township census index as submitted by Betty Matteson Rhodes. Added 1850 Fairview Township census index as submitted by Rich Biondi. Added Early Settlers of Greenfield Township, along with 1800 and 1810 Greenfield Twp census indexes, as submitted by Larry Sugden, and linked from Greenfield Township page and census parts from census index page. Re-indexed PICO search engine now covering 315 pages.

April 12, 2001 Added 1798 "Possible" Census of Erie County as submitted by Beth Simmons.

April 9-11, 2001 Added entire new section called Family Histories to the site. Changed home page, making Family Histories the featured section for April. Added the first of what I hope is many submissions for Family Histories - Thomas & Sarah Smith of Venango Twp, written and contributed by Susan Smith. Also linked the Smith history to the Venango Twp page. Realigned several index entries into different sections on the Home page. Added a new NARA Forms information link on the Erie Co Military page.

April 7-8, 2001 Added links on City of Corry page and the Old Time Photos page to a Betty Matteson Rhodes hosted page of old Corry photos. Replaced "Greenfield Trivia" with new submission from Larry Sugden on both the Greenfield Township page and on Dee's Trivia page. Added 6 new entries to Early Marriage Notices page as submitted by "Cara" (from 1857). Previously added link on Links page to Cleveland Necrology database. Previously added PICO search engine to the site.

April 6, 2001 Added Early Erie County Cemetery History contributed by Dick Tefft and linked it from the Cemetery Index page. Added a Beth Simmons article entitled "Trees of Harbor Creek" and linked it from the Harbor Creek page. Corrected the spelling of Harbor Creek Township on the township index page. Added 1850 Amity Township, 1850 Concord Township and 1860 Concord Township census indexes as submitted by Betty Matteson Rhodes. These three pages were linked from the Census Index page, and from the appropriate Township page. Added a user submission correction to the 1952 Platea Cemetery listing. Made two corrections to Little Hope Cemetery reading based on a user submission.

April 2-3, 2001 Added welcome letter from Beth Simmons to Harbor Creek Township page. Announced Mary Silfies Mills as new township coordinator for Elk Creek Township and added welcome letter from her to the Elk Creek Township page. Added a Catholic Church Directory and information about records as submitted by Marian Fromkneckt and linked the page from the Church Index page. Added a new page with the list of names from the Judah Colt "Day Book" as submitted by Beth Simmons and linked the page from the Census index page. Made slight modification to Census index page to add an area for 1800 and before "alternate census" items. Archived February 2001 news items.

March 26-28, 2001 Added 1800 "Springfield" Tax list from material provided by Evelyn Baker and linked from both the Census index page and the Springfield Township page. Added 1820, 1830 and 1840 Concord Township census indexes as provided by Betty Matteson Rhodes and linked from the Census index page and from Concord Township page.

March 18-25, 2001 Added 1901 July 4th gathering picture provided by Evelyn Baker to the Faces of Erie County page. Added a 1896-1897 Springfield school souvenir sheetlet provided by Evelyn Baker and linked to the Springfield Twp page and Erie Co School Index page. Added 1820, 1830, 1840 and 1850 Venango Township census indexes and the 1860 Wattsburg borough only census index as provided by Betty Matteson Rhodes and linked from the Census Index page and from the Venango Township page. Most of the week spent on background work for several major projects coming soon to Erie Co (PA) Genealogy.

March 17, 2001 Added two Faces of Erie County pages, one a 1921 picture of some boys at the Home for the Friendless (which became the Sarah Reed Home), and another for the 1930 City of Erie School Board. This later page was also added to the Erie Co School Index page.

March 15, 2001 Added several cemetery names to the cemetery index page, and moved several cemeteries to the proper township. Added a page about cemeteries in Erie County which need 'gravestone readings' from information provided by ESGR (Dick Tefft) and linked this page from the Cemetery Index page. Added a new page for an article written by Evelyn Baker about the Springfield Township Brockway School #9 which operated between about 1870 and 1926. This article which lists about 30 teachers and about 60 students is linked from both the Schools Index page and the Springfield Township page.

March 10-13, 2001 Added Marian Matha-Fromknecht as "township" coordinator for the City of Erie, and added welcome from her to that page. Previously added a 1900 postcard of State Street to the City of Erie page. Made some cosmetic changes on that page, including linking the cemeteries. Made revisions on the Greenfield Township page, linking cemeteries, and adding Larry Sugden's new Deeds database. Check out actual Deed images on Larry's Dirt E-Deeds site at http://home.att.net/~dirtEdeeds/index.html. Added a link to the USGS aerial photo for a Greenfield area. Once this link is open, you can move all over Erie County. Made a cosmetic change to the Hutchinson page added earlier. Added another Faces of Erie County page for Schumacher from material submitted by Helene Schumacher Barner. This page includes a pre-Civil War photo. Added a transcription of a 1927 booklet by Harriet Ward "Early Days in Wellsburg" that was submitted by Mary Mills. Check out this booklet, which has been linked from the Elk Creek page at http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~paerie/townships/ElkCreek/Wellsburg.htm. Assumed administration for the GenConnect boards (announced but not posted here).

March 9, 2001 Added welcome letter from Evelyn Baker to the Springfield Township page. Added a Faces of Erie County page for Magdalena Koopmann Peters Reinger and her daughter Anna Maria Peters Arn and family from material submitted by Myrtice Gifford Forsythe.

March 7-8, 2001 Added Faces of Erie County pages for Hutchinson Family and Gifford Reunion, and revamped the Faces of Erie County page. Announced township coordinators for Harborcreek Township (Beth Simmons), Springfield Township (Evelyn Baker) and Greenfield Township (Larry Sugden) and updated those pages. Added welcome letter from Larry Sugden.

March 2-6, 2001 Made several additions to the Faces of Erie County page, adding feature pages for Sugden and Dougan, and linking to Frank Arduini's Italian-American in Erie page.

February 28, 2001 Posted a Photo page for St. Nicholas Cemetery in Millcreek Township and linked it from both the township page, and from the Cemetery Index page.

February 26, 2001 Finished standardizing all township and city pages to same format, linking the 1896 map and 1884 Bates History (if applicable) and linking pages from TourErie.com Communities. These later links include some more modern history, with some genealogy leads. Added Colts Station Cemetery to cemetery list, as well as corrected location for Lawn Cemetery.

February 23-25, 2001 Rootsweb down for maintenance & upgrade. No work could be done.

February 20-22, 2001 Added new cemetery page for Saint Mary of Czestochowa Polish National Catholic Church Cemetery, which was a 'lost' cemetery rededicated on 21 Feb 2001 by the City of Erie. Added a new feature page to Faces of Erie County - Wescott Siblings of Albion.

February 17-19, 2001 Added two personal web page links to Faces of Erie County for two Erie County families. Added some naturalization record guidelines to the Courthouse & Vital Records page as submitted by Gaylene Banister.

February 12-16, 2001 Added Bob & Kathy Groner as Washington Township Coordinators, redid the Washington Township page, adding their welcome letter and several Edinboro links. Added a second version of the 1840 Pensioners Schedule, reposted with permission of the author. Reposted a 1890 Naval Schedule found elsewhere on the Internet, with permission of Dee Davidson. Posted a 1970 era cemetery reading from Herb Kinney of the stones in the commemorative area of the Waterford Cemetery. These were stones that were recovered prior to 1930 from an abandoned 'pioneer' cemetery in Waterford. Transcribed and posted 'The Michael Hare Story" from the 'story plaque' in Waterford Cemetery. Several other cosmetic changes, particularly to the census index page.

February 11, 2001 Added a new Early Marriage Notices page linked from the main home page under Special Features, based on information provided by Christy Hodges. Added 4 more 1890 Veterans Schedules and linked from the Census page only at this time. These were contributed by Barb Seyler and are fairly small, but important to anyone researching Albion, Springfield area, Washington Township and the Erie Co Almshouse.

February 9, 2001 Added 1860 Venango Township census index. About 350 names. Linked from Venango Township page and from Census page.

February 8, 2001 Thanks to Jan Leavitt who transcribed them, the Erie County World War I deaths are now posted on the appropriate military page in database format, along with the scanned image that was previously posted. Thanks also to Kristy Staples Hammond for proofreading and converting to table format. Uploaded photos from Laurel Hill Cemetery - Millcreek and Lakeside Cemetery - Erie to two Zing albums. Linked these albums from both the Cemeteries page and from the Current Photos page. Posted the 1890 Veterans Census for LeBoeuf Township as submitted by Barb Seyler. Linked from both the LeBoeuf Township page (which was also given some cosmetic changes) and the main Census page. Added several links on various township pages to appropriate TourErie.com Communities page. These pages contain some modernized history of the townships and boroughs and I am not quite half way through linking them.

February 6, 2001 Uploaded 8 class pictures from 1927 to 1935 from Albion area as submitted by Betty Macdonald to a new Zing Album.  Created a new Faces of Erie County feature page with the graduating class of 1935 from Albion HS. A second picture, submitted by Diana Fitzsimons with the Junior Class from the 1936-37 school year, also at Albion HS, complete with a list of names, has also been posted on the same "Faces" page.  Over 110 names of students and others involved are included on this page.

February 5, 2001 Added links to a Zing Album for Waterford Cemetery (mostly commemorative area at southwestern corner) to Cemetery and Current Photos page. Added links to a Zing Album for West Springfield Old Burying Ground (only 6 pictures) that I did back Dec 6th, but apparently never linked. Made some minor changes to the Storkel page on Faces of Erie County (one correction, one addition). Made some changes to the newly posted Mill Village Cemetery reading (one correction and multiple cosmetic fixes). Posted both the 1840 and 1850 Wattsburg only census extracts (index entries) as submitted by Betty Matteson Rhodes and linked to both the Census page and to the Venango Twp page.

February 4, 2001 Added cemetery reading for the Mill Village Cemetery as submitted by Barb Seyler. Many thanks go to Barb for updating and revising a list which goes back to 1953. Cosmetic changes to township pages are in progress, with about 1/3 of the township pages completed.

February 2, 2001 Winter returns to Erie for six more weeks! Finished posting baptism records from St. John's RC Church that were transcribed and submitted by Marian Fromkneckt. There must be 500 names in these tables which are currently posted by 5 year date span.

January 24 to February 1, 2001 Added a new Church Records section to the home page under Erie County Data. Added Newspaper Marriage Notices to the home page under Special Features but have not built a page for it yet. Added an index page for baptism records from St. John's RC Church that are being transcribed and submitted by Marian Fromkneckt. Started adding data pages but have only posted 1869-1874. Once these pages are added, it will be a major addition to the Erie Co (PA) Genealogy site. Added a new feature page on Faces of Erie County with a photo of one identified and one unidentified couple from the North East area circa 1910, as submitted by Tom Press. Made a major cosmetic revision to the Cemetery page. Added Lake Pleasant Baptist Church Cemetery to Waterford list on the Cemetery page. Added two very small partial census from LeBoeuf Township, reprinted with permission from Linda Dill. Introduced and added Herb Kinney as township coordinator for Waterford Township. Updated the Old Time Photos Zing album maintained by Bill Klauk with 7 more pictures. Corrected the 1870 Mortality tables for Union based on updates from Linda Emerson and Barb Seyler. Linked the American Battle Monuments Commission site to the Military page as this site allows searches of overseas burials. Added link to Mike's Cameron Co page, a link to Cyndi's List, and links to the 4 neighbor counties to the home page. Added two additional links on the Military page from Mike's Cameron Co site. Probably did some more but can't think of anything else at moment.

January 23, 2001 Added 1850 and 1860 partial census transcription for Washington Township. This data is reposted with permission of Linda Dill, who transcribed the data as a part of a personal family history search. Updated Fairview Township page and added introduction from the new coordinator, Rich Biondi.

January 22, 2001 Added 1870 Mortality Schedule pages for Union Township and Union Borough from information contributed by Linda Emerson and linked those pages to Union Township and to the Census page. Added 1835 Revolutionary War Pensioners Roll as researched and submitted by Barb Seyler. Linked to Military page.

January 20-21, 2001 Added a new Zing album to Current Photos and linked from Cemetery page for Phillipsville Union Cemetery with pictures contributed by Bettie Noel. Complete update to Census page done, listing all Federal Census 1790-1920 along with NARA Microfilm roll numbers. Added a new page for a complete (about 600 names) county wide extract of the 1870 Mortality Schedule from the 1870 census, and linked this page on the Census page. A special thanks goes to Barb Seyler for this contribution. Added Rich Biondi as new township coordinator for Fairview Township.

January 18-19, 2001 Added new Erie County Schools page, still Under Construction, but with several links. Added Venango Township Early Schools link as provided by Betty Matteson Rhodes to both the new Schools page, and to the Venango Township page. Added a link to the History of the Wattsburg Fair to the Venango township page. Added links to the Military page for Chapter 10, 18 and 26 from the previously posted Bates History. These are chapters about Anthony Wayne, the War of 1812-14, and the "War for the Union". Posted a new page from information contributed by Barb Seyler on Revolutionary War Pensioners that were listed in the 1840 Federal Census. Linked this page to both the Military page, and to the Census page.

January 17, 2001 Revised the Faces of Erie County and Old Time Photos pages to reflect people on one, places on the other. Moved the Josiah Emerson Family page from Old Time Photos to Faces of Erie County. Added a new feature family page to the Faces of Erie County - Peter Storkel. The pictures and information on the Peter Storkel Family page contributed by Susan McAleer.

January 16, 2001 Thanks to Dick Tefft and Youth Group of the Erie Temple of The Church of Latter Day Saints, we now have a compete reading of the Greenfield (Little Hope) Cemetery!

January 15, 2001 Added Early Settlers page to LeBoeuf Township and made cosmetic changes to the Early Settlers page for Summit Township. Moved links to Faces of Erie County, Townships, City of Erie and City of Corry on the home page to the Erie County Data section for easier access. Faces of Erie County will become the "Old Time Photos" for people, and Old Time Photos will be for places.

January 14, 2001 Added 1860 and 1870 Mortality Tables for LeBoeuf Township, and also linked from the Census page. Made cosmetic changes to LeBoeuf Twp page and to the Census page and corrected a few bad links.

January 13, 2001 Added Betty Matteson Rhodes as host for the Concord Township page. Revised the Concord Township page. Added introduction from Linda Emerson to the Union Township page and revised layout of that page. Also added several links to the Union Township page.

January 11, 2001 Summit Township page and Venango Township page updated. Introduction added by Betty Matteson Rhodes to the Venango Township page, along with some related links. Added Vintage Wattsburg Photos from Betty with link to them from the Old Time Photos and Venango Township pages. Added 1870 Mortality Schedule for Summit Township, with links to it from Summit Township and the Census page. Made cosmetic changes and fixed a broken link from the Census page. Made cosmetic changes to Military page and added a link to general information about ordering military records. Added a link to NARA on the links page.

January 7, 2001 New township coordinators posted for Union Township and Venango Township. New Courthouse & Vital Records page added. Title on home page changed from Recourses to Resources. Cemetery reading for Nichols Cemetery in Summit Township submitted by Barb Seyler was posted.

January 6, 2001 Mike advised that he added the final 17 chapters of the Bates History on-line. Check it out! Bill added a new link and cosmetic changes to the Faces of Erie County page and several links and cosmetic changes to the Links page. Several days ago added a new Zing album to Old Time Photos page. Mike has archived the Guest Book entries for 2000, and a new Guest Book has been started for 2001. It would be nice to have a few fresh comments about the site.

January 1, 2001 HAPPY NEW YEAR! The Bibliography page is still being compiled, but a major section has been added. A previously existing GenConnect board for Bible Records never had a link, and that was corrected. A new welcome letter has been posted to the 'home' page, and Bill Klauk has been announced as Co-Coordinator. The Copyright statement has been updated.


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