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April 23, 2012

Having hear of the agreement between the Historical Society of Pennsylvania and, I was wondering IF or when I might find something of interest to me.

Was cleaning up my mother’s record in my file, adding Photos of the houses that I had taken on Friday, I noticed a shaky leaf, in fact 4 hints to look at. A record from the U.S. Cemetery and Funeral Home Collection [database on-line] Provo, UT, USA, Operations, Inc, 2011. That was cool, had that. But I was totally taken aback with the next hit.

This is the entry, on the page, from the Church Registry, of my mother’s Baptism.


The very interesting thing here, is that on Friday, past, I took this photo:


I know that Font, both my brother, father and I were Baptized at this same font in 1949. I just happened to take this picture and to find this Church Record is awesome.


1940 Census–Joseph Worrell Strode

April 23, 2012

312 Price Street shows up in the 1930, 1940, and referred to for where the family lived in 1935. Joseph Worrell Strode is my 1st Cousin, twice removed.


As the house is today (04/20/12)


1940 Census–Franklin Brinton Strode

April 23, 2012

311 South Walnut Street was listed with this family in 1920, 1935, and 1940. It’s also on the same street that will appear as other family members over time


Franklin was a 1st Cousin, 2 times removed on my mother’s side of the family.


The house is across the street and less then half a block from where my mother’s parents lived, when I knew them. I may have actually been inside of this house.

1940 Census–Henry and Louise Worthington

April 22, 2012

Their first, rented house for $35.00 / month. Didn’t even know they lived here:


At first I couldn’t find them. I started with looking for them with their parents, but they had married in 1939. I knew that Dad had built his house on the farm in Lionville.


So, I really had to look for them.

The right half of the building is 223 South Walnut.


Oh, it’s for sale.

1940 Census – Ellwood Palmer Strode

April 22, 2012

This is the first in a series of blog posts of Photos relating to the 1940 Census.

Here is the 1940 Census for this household:


There is a couple of issues here: The wife’s name is not Louise. Louise was not 45 at the time. I will find the wife, my mother, elsewhere in the 1940 census.

Two people are missing, my grandmother and my aunt, as can be seen in the 1930 Census.


Mary L Million was a maid in 1930 and was confirmed to be by my mother before she passed away.

I confirmed with my aunt, that she was still at the above address in 1940, as she was in high school and living at home.

Here is a photo taken in 2012 of that house as recorded in the 1940 Census. Will have to work to get a better one.


However, here is a picture of the same house in 1929, which would be just before the 1930 Census as reported above.


Next to the house is a barn and this was taken in 1938, just before the 1940 Census.


In 1999, the barn looked like this.


Louise Strode Worthington (1916 – 2010)

August 24, 2010

Louise Strode Worthington passed away last night in her sleep.

60th Wedding Anniversary Party

Fearless Females Blog Post: March 13 – Favorite Female Ancestor – Prompts for Women’s History Month

March 16, 2010

This is part of  a series of daily blogging prompts entitled Fearless Females created by Lisa Alzo of The Accidental Genealogist blog in honor of Women’s History Month .

Catching up a bit:

* March 11 — Did you have any female ancestors who died young or from tragic or unexpected circumstances? Describe and how did this affect the family?

I am not aware of nor can I document such an event. If the question were a little different, I would have a story.

The “other” story would be how my Grandmother’s father was killed. The short of it, was that her father was killed by a run-away horse and buggy. That is a well documented event. The good news, is that her education was taken care of by the “driver” of the run-away horse and buggy. The interesting piece of the story is that he was learning to ride a bicycle.

But that’s another story.

March 12 — Working girl:

Did your mother or grandmother work outside the home?

What did she do?

Describe her occupation.

Actually, my mother worked outside of the home. She started at a bank teller in Pennsylvania. Don’t know a lot about that bank and her story at that bank. But, when our family moved to New Jersey in 1957, she again started to work on a bank again. Later, she helped start a small branch on a heavily traveled road. The bank was in a “house” trailer. I remember going to that bank from time to time while growing up.

She did retire from that bank, but that bank had grown up and, after a number of changes in ownership, the bank is still in existence today.

As mentioned in an earlier Blog entry, she was a leader in her local church and was treasurer and assistant treasurer.

The good news, is that she has a granddaughter who is following in her footsteps. It was talent that bypassed me.

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