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From: "suzanne m. johnston" <>
Subject: Re: [ALL] Questions
Date: Mon, 19 Nov 2007 00:01:07 +0000
What WPGS volunteer did you talk to? I know all of the volunteers (for our library) and I don't think any of them would make an error about the census records. Marriage records might be another issue. Please email me privately as to what day you were in the library, because we need to speak to the volunteer so that they know the correct information.
1. The 1880 soundex to the census only included families who had children under the age of ten. All other soundex indexes include all families, but on microfilm the soundex is only to the head of household. It's really easier to begin with using Ancestry.lib edition which indexes everyone.
2. Marriage records in Pennsylvania begin in October of 1885 and are kept by the counties. There are some earlier records for cities such as Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, and Allegheny City, but they are not marriage license applications. The library has the index to marriages from 1885 to 1925 and the marriage license docket books through about 1904. There are no microfilms of the original applications at the library; the docket books have almost the same information, however.
For information on your Irish family, you might want to find church records in an effort to determine where in Ireland they came from.
> Date: Sun, 18 Nov 2007 18:12:01 -0500
> Subject: [ALL] Questions
> I am floundering in my research. I went to the Carnegie Library and talked
> to the WPGS volunteer and she told me two things.
> 1) the 1910 census didn't include people who didn't have children under
> ten??? I find this hard to believe.
> 2) I am looking for the marriage license of my great grandparents Thomas
> Dowd and Bridget Naughton who married on October 17,1889 here in Allegheny
> County. The volunteer told me that those records were unavaliable.
> I just can find anything. I am also looking for information of my other
> great grandparents. Both born in 1852 and emigrated to the USA in 1872.
> Patrick O'Rourke and Ellen Martel. Both born in Ireland. I wanted to find out
> where they were married but I can not find anything on the immigration
> records. The first knowledge was in the 1880 census when they lived in Wilkens and
> had a daughter Anna (Hanna) in 1875. The next census is 1900 which includes
> my grandmother. There is no record of them after that. But in the 1920
> census my grandmother Gertrude O'Rourke is married to my grandfather Thomas
> I also would like to find out where they came from in Ireland but that
> eludes me too. I would appreciate any help or suggestions.
> Thank you.
> Claudia DOWD Sperl
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