Erie County (PA) Genealogy

What's New - News Archive

January 1, 2003 - December 31, 2003


[listed in reverse order]

December 20-31, 2003 Off for the holidays.

December 19, 2003 Added a new School feature page titled Elk Creek Class Photos - 1934 to 1939 as contributed by Kathleen St. George by way of Mary Mills. Linked this page to the Schools Index page and to the Elk Creek Township page.

December 16, 2003 Added a new Old Time Photo feature page titled Old Covered Bridges of Conneaut Township as contributed by Andy Pochatko. Linked this page to the Old Time Photo Index page and to the Conneaut Township page.

December 15, 2003 Updated the Land Record feature page titled Deed - Thompson to Alford. Word was received that this material was contributed by Karolyn Campbell. The Land Record Index page was also updated. Updated this page, archiving the 2nd and 3rd Quarters into archive files. Updated the PICO Search engine. Due to removing access to the before 2001 archive pages and surnames, we have dropped down to 568 pages. At the rate we are adding, we will soon be back up to 600! Keep your contributions coming.

December 14, 2003 Added a new Family History feature page titled DeWolf Family of Conneaut Township as contributed by Andy Pochatko. Linked this page to the Family Histories & Biographies Index page and to the Conneaut Township page.

December 13, 2003 Added a new Faces feature page titled Thomas Hanlon Erie City Clerk 61 years as contributed by Jessica Denny. Linked this page to the Faces Index page and to the City of Erie page. Updated the County Resources page by adding a link to the Edinboro Area Historical Society, and fixing several broken links. Updated the web address for the Albion Public Library. Also corrected a broken link on the home page for the Erie County Historical Society.

December 12, 2003 Added a new School feature page titled 1930 Erie Business College as contributed by Janine McCoy, with names transcribed by Janine. Linked this page to the Schools Index page and to the City of Erie page.

December 8, 2003 Added a new Cemetery feature page for Griffey Cemetery as contributed by Andy Pochatko. The page has been linked to the Cemetery Index page and to the Conneaut Township page.

December 5, 2003 Added a photo of the Gudgeonville Covered Bridge to the Girard Township index page. The photo was contributed by Kathleen St. George.

December 1, 2003 Updated the Welcome Letter on the Home Page to reflect the December theme of Erie County Related Pictures.

November 20, 2003 Added a new Misc feature page titled Edith Bancroft Autograph Book 1881-1885 as contributed by Judy Smith Magons. The page has been linked to the Everything Else Misc Index page and to the Conneaut Township page.

November 19, 2003 Added a new School feature page titled Baldwin Flatt School #6 1906-1907 Souvenir Sheet as contributed by April Worster. Linked this page to the Schools Index page and to the Amity Township page.

November 13, 2003 Added a new Family History and Biographies feature page titled Family of Thomas J Barton and Rhoda N Calkins as contributed by Donna Merrill. Linked this page to the Family History and Biographies Index page only.

November 11, 2003 Added a new School feature page titled St Edwards 1949 Grade 3 Class Photo as contributed by Mary Ann Granahan. Linked this page to the Schools Index page and to the City of Corry page.

November 10, 2003 Updated the Early Photographer's Directory with additional entries, along with the Old Time Photos Index page.

November 9, 2003 Added a new School feature page titled 1929 Academy HS Mid-Year Graduation as contributed by Janine McCoy, with names transcribed by Bill Klauk. Linked this page to the Schools Index page and to the City of Erie page.

November 8, 2003 Added a new Family History feature page titled Abel Whitney Chronology as contributed by Cathy Herpich. This page contains several deeds from the Edinboro area in the early 1800s. Linked this page to the Family History and Biography Index page and to the Land Records Index page. Added an off-site link on the Family History and Biography Index page to Chuck Bliley's website. This site was previously linked on the Harbor Creek Township page. His site has been significantly expanded in the last year or so. Added a new Military feature page titled Springfield Township Revolutionary War Veterans as contributed by Evelyn Baker. Linked this page to both the Military Index page and to the Springfield Township page.

November 7, 2003 Added a new Old Photo feature page titled Old Photos from Mill Village as contributed by Barb Seyler. Linked this page to the Old Photos Index page and to the LeBoeuf Township page. Added a new Family History and Biography feature page titled Capt Josiah McIntyre and Lucy Richards. This is a contribution from Beth Simmons and has been linked to the Family History and Biography Index page only.

November 3, 2003 Updated homepage to reflect the continuation of "No Theme" for November.

October 30, 2003 Added a new Land feature page titled 1863 Springfield Township Deed - Smith, Scott & Wood to Nichols as contributed by Evelyn Baker. The page has been linked to the Land Records Index page and to the Springfield Township page.

October 29, 2003 Added a new Military feature page titled From Farm Field to Battle Field - Springfield Township and the Civil War as contributed by Evelyn Baker. The page has been linked to the Military Index page and to the Springfield Township page.

October 21, 2003 Added a new Misc feature page titled Knights of Pythias, Lundy's Lane Lodge as contributed by Anita Miller. The page has been linked to the Everything Else Misc Index page and to the Elk Creek Township page.

October 18, 2003 Added a new Schools feature page titled Elgin School 1909 as contributed by Dorothy Miller. The page has been linked to the Schools Index page and to the Concord Township page.

October 12, 2003 Due to upkeep and editing issues, have removed access to "Archived Queries" and the Archived Surname Registry. The information has been retained on the server. This is mainly material prior to 2000.

October 7, 2003 Added a new Everything Else Goes Here feature page titled Perry Lodge #392 - Free and Accepted Masons as contributed by Barbara Seyler. The page has been linked to the Everything Else Misc. Index page.

October 5, 2003 Added two new Family History feature pages which have been linked to the Family History index page. The first, a genealogy of Alexander Davis and related families, has been contributed by Stan Morgan. The second, a genealogy of Robert Knapp, an early resident of the Lake Pleasant area, was submitted by Clarence Burkey, by way of Katie Costello.

October 4, 2003 Updated a large number of pages which have a link to Beth Simmons' email address. As her provider was changed, all email links had to be changed.

October 3, 2003 Added a new feature page for the Grimshaw aka Burdick Cemetery as contributed by Dick Tefft. The page was linked from the North East Township page and from the Cemeteries Index page.

October 2, 2003 Added a new feature page titled West Springfield Academy 1925 Applesauce Yearbook. The information was compiled and submitted by Evelyn Baker. The page has been linked to the Springfield Township page and the the Erie County Schools index page.

October 1, 2003 Updated the Welcome Letter on the Homepage. There will be no theme for October with all submissions considered. Added a new feature page titled Springfield Volunteer Fire Department Charter (1947). This page was almost ready to go at the end of August. The information was compiled and submitted by Evelyn Baker. I have posted it at this time so that Evelyn will not be "hosed" by the firemen. The page has been linked to the Springfield Township page and the the Everything Else - Misc index page.

September 25, 2003 Added a new School related feature page for a 1915 souvenir sheetlet from the Townline School as submitted by Bimmy Urso over a year ago. It was misplaced but has now been posted. The feature page has been linked to the Schools Index page and to the Amity Township page.

September 20, 2003 Four feature pages have been added. Two of these are School related. A 1924 class photo from Gridley School was submitted by Gaylene Kerr Banister. It has been linked from the Schools Index page and from the City of Erie page. Several photos of the Way School in Summit Township were submitted by Barbara Root Seyler. This page has been linked to Summit Township and to the Schools Index page. A third feature page contains a photo and identifying information of some men in the Tool Room at Reed Manufacturing, also submitted by Barb Seyler. Finally, a photo feature page for the Pont Church was submitted by Mary Silfies Mills. This page has been linked to Elk Creek Township and to the Church index page.

September 10, 2003 Added two new feature pages concerning Fairview township. Both of these were submitted by Rich Biondi. The first is a History of Fairview as extracted from 1871 newspaper articles. This article is linked from the History index page and from the Fairview Township page. The second feature page is the 1870 Fairview Directory, which is linked to the Census Index page, and to Fairview Township page. Before adding above two pages, updated the Pico Search Engine index. Exactly 600 pages were indexed. This has been one of our goals for some time. As the Website is a cooperative effort, thank you to everyone who has contributed to these 600 pages. We all now have a 700 page goal to aim for!

September 8, 2003 Added two new School related feature photo pages, one a photo of what is possibly the freshman class at East HS in 1924, and the other a group of men at the Edinboro Normal School in 1894. The contributor's of both pictures have only identified one person in each photo, in both cases it is the father of the contributor. Both pages were linked to the School Index page, and to the appropriate township page (City of Erie and Washington Township).

September 7, 2003 Updated this "What's New" page to include all postings back to mid-July. Archived news between 1/1/03 and 3/31/03 into new page, with appropriate link included below. Added a new Faces of Erie County page for Farr's Red & Black Band based on a photo and information submitted by Gaylene Kerr Banister. Added a feature page in the "Everything Else Goes Here" theme for a page from a "flyer" for a 1926 Erie County Historical Society trip, along with some photos that were on the reverse side of the page.

September 4, 2003 Added a new feature page for contributions concerning Waterford Academy. Linked this page to Waterford Township, and to the Schools Index page. The first contribution on the page is from Rusty Davis and is an 1890's advertisement.

September 1, 2003 Updated "home page" to reflect that the theme for September will be Erie County Schools.

August 1-30, 2003 August was announced as a "No Theme" month. Although much background work was done, no website updates were posted, with two exceptions. On 8/1, the old feature page for the Lockport aka Platea Cemetery was updated to reflect information from a recent newspaper article concerning that cemetery. Also on 8/29-8/30, a Cemetery feature page was added for a map of Springfield Cemetery that has been contributed by Evelyn Baker. This page has been linked to the Springfield Township page, and to the Cemetery Index page.

July 17, 2003 Added a new Cemetery feature page for photographs at Lakeside Cemetery. So far, the only "photos" showing are of a map of the cemetery that has been contributed by Evelyn Baker. The page has been linked to both the City of Erie, and the Cemetery Index page. A link to the Find-A-Grave listings and photos is included.

July 17-23, 2003 Andy Pochatko has volunteered to be our new Conneaut Township coordinator. As a result, the Township Index page and the Conneaut Township index page were updated. Andy also provided cemetery listings for three cemeteries in the township - Salisbury, Albion Valley and Keep Family Cemetery. Pages were added for these cemeteries, and the Conneaut Township and Cemetery Index pages were updated accordingly.

July 7-8, 2003 Added a new feature Cemetery page with a listing of burials (gravestone reading) in Belle Valley Cemetery on Norcross Road in Millcreek Township. This cemetery reading was done in May/June 2003 by Pat Walters. The page has been linked from both the Cemetery Index page and from the Millcreek Township page. Added two new feature Cemetery pages for the St Paul's Evangelical Church Cemetery aka Cemetery by Beechwood Inn on Route 8 in Greene Township. One is a partial listing of grave stones that were "read" by Bill Klauk in 2001 and 2002 from photographs. The second page is a photo album of "General View" pictures of the cemetery, along with four photos from Katie Costello showing restoration work on an ancestor's gravestone. These pages have both been linked from the Cemetery Index page, and from the Greene Township page.

July 5, 2003 Updated "home page" to reflect that the Cemetery theme will be continued for July.

June 26-27, 2003 Added an off-site link to the Military Index page for a listing of Civil War Conscientious Objectors. Erie County is included in the linked listing. Added a page for "Land Warrants - S only" as submitted well over a year ago by Nancy Richings. This page is linked from the Land Records Index page. Updated the Guest Book to remove "empty" and duplicate entries, and a little "spam".

June 18, 2003 Added a new feature Cemetery page with a listing of burials (gravestone reading) in Northville - State Line Cemetery in North East Township. This cemetery reading was done in 2002 by Dick Tefft. The page has been linked from both the Cemetery Index page and from the North East Township page.

June 17, 2003 Added a new feature Cemetery page with a listing of burials (gravestone reading) in St Boniface Cemetery on Wattsburg Road in Greene Township. This cemetery reading was done in May 2003 by Pat Walters. The page has been linked from both the Cemetery Index page and from the Greene Township page. Updated the PICO Search Engine with 582 pages now indexed. Updated this "What's New" page to include all updates since 4/23.

June 16, 2003 Added a cemetery feature page from material submitted quite some time ago by Bonnie Guilford concerning a McKean Township burial plot named Silverthorn-Weldon. The page has been linked from both the cemetery index page and from the McKean Township page. Added a cemetery photo feature page for the McCray Cemetery in Concord Township. These pictures were provided by Dennis (Rusty) Davis. This page has been linked from both the Cemetery Index page and from the Concord Township page.

June 8, 2003 Added a newly revised feature article on the History of the Fairview Township Schools, as submitted by Rich Biondi. This is a substantial revision to the original article posted in 2001, and the May 2002 update. Updated the links on the Fairview Township page and on the Schools of Erie County Index page.

June 4, 2003 Added a new feature Cemeteries page for "Listing of Erie County Cemeteries with Revolutionary War Patriots". This listing has been extracted from the book "Revolutionary Patriots in Erie" published by the SAR. The page has been linked to both the Cemetery Index page and the Military Index page. Added a new feature Cemetery page with a listing of burials (gravestone reading) in Mount of Olives Cemetery on Wattsburg Road in Greene Township. This cemetery reading was done in May 2003 by Pat Walters. The page has been linked from both the Cemetery Index page and from the Greene Township page.

June 1, 2003 Updated home page to reflect the June theme of Erie County Cemeteries.

May 26-28, 2003 Updated the Land Index page with a "Deed" page previously in March, and with a new "Deed" added this date. This latest deed concerns property located in Fairview Township and a link was established between the two pages.

May 26, 2003 Made a correction to the Sherrod Civil War Letter's article. The information had been submitted to me quite some time ago but had been 'lost in the shuffle'.

May 20, 2003 Added a School photo feature page based on a picture submitted by Harold Frey of the 1920 North Girard 4th grade class. Linked this web page from both the Schools Index page and from the Girard Township page.

May 14, 2003 Added new Military feature page titled Vietnam Era Conflict Memorial based on digital photos taken by Bill Klauk. Names of Erie County Vietnam War dead were transcribed by site visitor Jennifer Ohmes. The page has been linked from the Military Index page.

May 9, 2003 Added new school feature page for a circa 1891 photo of the students at the Girard Academy. This page identifies over 60 of the students pictured. The material for this web page was submitted by Evelyn Baker. The page has been linked from both the Schools Index page and from the Girard Township page.

May 5, 2003 Added a new feature article titled "Brockway School #9 - Update" based on information contributed by Evelyn Baker. This article includes an old picture of students in front of the school, and a "blueprint" drawing of the current residence built from this former one room school. The page has been linked from both the School Index page and from the Springfield Township page.

May 1, 2003 Updated home page to reflect the May themes of Erie County Schools and Erie County Military.

April 23, 2003 Added a Faces of Erie County feature page titled 1934 Dibble - Tyrrell Wedding Photo, as submitted by Evelyn Baker. Updated PICO Search Engine with 572 pages now indexed.

April 22, 2003 Added a Faces of Erie County feature page titled Three Photos from Corry, as submitted by Ginny Eakin. Linked this page to the City of Corry page.

April 20, 2003 Added a Family History page for the Davis family, as extracted and transcribed from "Miller 1909" by Allice Burns Reynolds.

April 16, 2003 Added a Faces of Erie County feature page titled 1897 Hoffman Wedding, as submitted by Mary Wittman Pope. Linked this page to the City of Erie page.

April 9, 2003 Added a Faces of Erie County feature page titled Samuel Baker - Erie Fireman, as submitted by Evelyn Baker.

April 1, 2003 Updated the Home page Welcome letter to reflect the joint themes for April - Faces of Erie County and Family Histories.

March 28, 2003 Updated Pico Search Engine with 567 pages now indexed.

March 27, 2003 Added five pages for Beth Simmons' "Rees' Pieces" full feature article originally written in December 1999. This story is based on extensive research of Thomas Rees, Esquire, some of his descendants, neighbors, and other early settlers on the western portion of Harbor Creek. For presentation on the web site, the article has been split into five parts. These five parts are all linked from the Harbor Creek Township page, and from the Family Histories and Biographies page. Some modification was also done to the Harbor Creek Township page to bring it up to date with the addition of "Rees' Pieces".

March 21 - 23, 2003 Added eight pages for the Fairview Cemetery. These pages include the burial listings as published in the book "Burials in the Fairview Cemetery" by the Fairview Area Historical Society, and have been released for publication on the web site by Joan Mink, with assistance from Rich Biondi. One of the pages serves as an introduction and index page, and that page is linked to the Cemetery Index page and the Fairview Township page.

March 18, 2003 Added three 1873-1874 Directories for Springfield Township, one for each of the Post Offices in the township at the time. This information was transcribed by Evelyn Baker. Updated the Census Index page and the Springfield Township page to provide links to these three directories.

March 17, 2003 Added a new Faces of Erie Co feature page for Seth and Hannah Reed. Two images were submitted by site visitor Mark Rees, and some biographical information and an additional image was added by Bill Klauk. The Faces of Erie County Index page was updated to reflect the new page added.

March 14, 2003 Updated the Home page by adding new links for the Erie County Historical Society (ECHS) web site, and the Erie-Yesterday web site. Changed around the major categories and realigned some links in these categories. Modified the recently added Agnes Markham Journal by adding a 1890 era photo of the Raymond's General Store.

March 12, 2003 Updated the Early Photographer Directory page by adding an additional name as submitted by Alan Hawkins. Updated the Old Photos Index page to reflect the above change.

March 10, 2003 Added a page with a 1928 listing of 32 pupils at the Moffatt School in Concord Township. The listing is from an anonymous source and includes the Teacher's name and the names of five members of the School Board. Linked this page to the Schools Index page, and to the Concord Township page. Updated the Concord Township page for 2003.

March 9, 2003 Added a 1837 Deed for a land transfer from the Estate of David Thompson to Oliver Alford. This material was found in my email attachments file but the source has not been identified. This page has been linked to the Land Index page, and to the Springfield Township page.    

March 8, 2003 Added a new feature Family History page titled Pomeroy Journals - 1820 to 1840 time frame. The material was submitted by site visitor Nancy Schlobohm and includes many names from the Conneaut and Elk Creek Township border area. This page has been linked to both of those townships, as well as to the Family Histories Index page.   Indexed the PICO Search engine, with 548 pages now included.  

March 6, 2003 Added a new feature Schools page titled 1913 Corry HS Owl - Underclassmen from material submitted by Teresa Hughes. This is one of a series of pages that will be added from scanned images of the 1913 Corry Owl Yearbook. Linked this page to the Schools index page, and to the City of Corry page.   

March 3, 2003 Archived What's New entries for October to December 2002. Modified this page to remove underline from dates shown. Deleted several links from the City of Corry page that were no longer working, and fixed another broken link.   Added a new feature Faces of Erie County page titled Arthur Schaub from material submitted by Teresa Hughes. Linked this page to the Faces of Erie Co index page, and from the City of Corry page.  Added a new feature page for the Little Hope Journal of Agnes Markham. This short journal was written in 1980 by the then 89 year old Agnes. It was transcribed and submitted to the Web site by a cousin, Mary Jane Lewis Cook. The page has been linked to the Greenfield Township page and the Everything Else Goes Here index page. 

March 1, 2003 Added new welcome letter to home page. Modified the Welcome letters archive page. Reset the visitor counter on the home page to zero, and recorded the visitor count for past 12 months.

February 24, 2003 Modified the St. Thomas Cemetery page to include additional data supplied by Ginny Eakin concerning the MULLEN surname. Added a new feature page for the Corry Class of 1913 visit to the White House. This page is a picture with names on back, which have been transcribed and included. This is another in a whole series of feature pages from material on loan from Teresa Hughes. This page has been linked to the Schools Index page and the City of Corry page. These later pages were updated to reflect 2003 copyright. Added a page including the Leboeuf Township Plat Map as submitted by Beth Simmons. This feature page has been linked to the LeBoeuf Township page, and to the Old Maps Index page. These later pages were also updated to reflect 2003 copyright. Slight modification was made on the LeBoeuf Twp page.

February 19-20, 2003 Added a new feature page to the Faces of Erie County. This is several pages that have been scanned by Bill Klauk from the June 1923 edition of the Hammermill Bond, the employee magazine of the Hammermill Paper Company. This was the 25th anniversary of the founding. The page has been linked to the City of Erie page, and to the Faces of Erie County page.

February 14, 2003 Added a new feature article submitted by Evelyn Baker titled Charter of the Springfield Telephone Co (1906). This page was linked to the Misc. Subjects Index page, and the Springfield Twp page.

February 13, 2003 Added a new Newspapers page from information provided over a year ago from Kathy Groner. This page is a three page extract from the Gordon Law Newspapers Index. Most surnames are Hamilton, but other H names are also included.

February 12, 2003 Updated this page with additional changes that were made between 13 and 25 December 2002.

February 11, 2003 Updated this page with all changes (that I can remember) since mid December 2002.

February 10, 2003 Added a new feature page to Erie County Land Records. This page is a newspaper ad from the January 17, 1850, Erie Gazette, for land for sale that had been a part of the Moravian Land Grant. The article has been transcribed and submitted by Evelyn Baker, and is also linked on the Springfield Township page.

February 6, 2003 Note that ESGR has updated the City of Erie Vital Records Research page and submission form. The link from the Courthouse and Vital Records page has not changed.

February 4, 2003 Beth Simmons has provided a complete revision to her Lowry Clan submission. The Family Tree portion, titled Descendants of George and Margaret Lowry, was put into a separate web page. Both sections of the Lowry Clan story were uploaded. The Family History Index page, and the Harbor Creek Township page, were both updated to reflect the changes. Updated the Guest Book to start a new book for 2003. Several January entries had been posted and these were entered into the new current Guest Book. Archived all 2002 entries into a 2002 Guest Book, and entered the link to this 2002 book on the current 2003 Guest Book.

February 2, 2003 Changed the Home page to reflect the new year and updated the Welcome Letter. Due to the new PC and limited time, there is no formal theme for February. Updated the Copyright Statement to reflect 2003.

January, 2003 Due to a personal computer upgrade and change of operating systems to Windows XP, there were no additions of changes to the Website during January.


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