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Allegheny County - Lots of very useful information about doing research in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania. Links to all kinds of good stuff. The mailing list associated with this site is terrific. People are very helpful and friendly. This site is part of the USGenWeb project, which is housed on Rootsweb's servers.

Mid Monongahela Valley History and Genealogy - New site, very active contributors. Volunteers will do lookups. Primary sources online. Associated mailing list is becoming more active, very helpful people.

Belinda Dorsey's Family Page - Belinda's a good friend and co-worker. She's just started working on her family tree with the help of her grandmother Mattie Williams Allen.

Cyndi's List of Genealogy Sites on the Internet - I know you've heard of this site. Cyndi Howell has compiled the most extensive list of genealogy links ever, anywhere. If you can't find it here, it's probably not on the internet. Cyndi's List is another great site housed on Rootsweb's servers.

Reunion by Leister Production - The genealogy program I use. It's amazing, it organizes all your data and creates charts and reports. With a few clicks of a button, you too can have a website for your family tree. But you have to have a Macintosh! The website
RootsWeb - "The Internet's Largest and Oldest Genealogy Site." It really is THE most wonderful site. Go there, look around for a few days. Everything's free, but please consider becoming a contributing member and keep this wonderful service going.

Hillman Library - One of the University of Pittsburgh's libraries, among its holdings are many Pittsburgh-area materials. I've been reading the microfilmed Duquesne Times there when I can manage a visit.

Library of Congress - The mission of the Library is to "sustain and preserve a universal collection of knowledge and creativity for future generations." According to its website, the collections include "approximately fifteen million books, thirty-nine million manuscripts, thirteen million photographs, four million maps, more than three and a half million pieces of music, and more than half a million motion pictures. The Library's collection of more than 5,600 incunabula (books printed before 1500) is the largest in the Western Hemisphere and its collections of maps, atlases, newspapers, music, motion pictures, photographs, and microforms are probably the largest in the world. In addition, the Library holds newspapers, prints, posters, drawings, talking books, technical reports, videotapes and disks, computer programs, and other audio, visual, and print materials." The Library's catalog is online, along with an ever-changing display of current exhibitions, highlights of collections and Thomas, a thorough guide to federal legislative activities and information.

UK+Ireland Genealogy - The place to start looking for those ancestors from the UK and Ireland. It contains
Scots Origins - Scottish General Records Office online database. Very reasonable price and you can order birth, death and marriage records online once you find the names in the database.
McKeesport: The Tube City Home Page
Old Carlisle
Three Rivers Genealogy - Histories of Pittsburgh, PA and surrounding area

Social Security Death Index - Searchable database on Rootsweb. It's an index to records of the Social Security death benefit records. It contains names of people for whom death benefits were received. Name, social security number, data and place of birth, date and place of death, date and place where SS# was issued. Once you find the number you can send a letter to the Social Security Administration requesting a copy of the original application which contains the following information:

  • Full name at birth (including maiden name)
  • Present mailing address
  • Age at last birthday
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth (City, county, state)
  • Father's full name "regardless of whether living or dead"
  • Mother's full name, including maiden name, "regardless of whether living or dead"
  • Sex and race
  • Ever applied for SS number/Railroad Retirement before? Yes/No
  • Current employer's name and address
  • Date signed
  • Applicant's signature 

Cumberland County Historical Society - I had the chance to visit the CCHS library on a trip through central Pennsylvania. Wow. My niece preferred Hershey Park, but I found enough excitement in the society's Hamilton Library. Check out their surname index page. They really have thoroughly indexed their holdings - I found not only birth records and court records for my Natchers, but pew rentals and newspaper mentions like "William Natcher's barn burned down last night."

Diocese of Pittsburgh


McKeesport Heritage Center - The website just gives basic information about the organization. If you're looking for relatives who lived in the McKeesport, PA area, these folks can be very helpful. For instance, they have the McKeesport Daily News on microfilm - all of it - and an obituary index to help locate names. Other holdings include city directories, yearbooks, maps, cemetery data, etc. The Center houses a collection of McKeesport memorabilia donated by area residents. Visit if you can and definitely become a member - the preservation of our heritage requires our support.

Western Pennsylvania Genealogical Society - The Society's extensive holdings are housed in the Pennsylvania Department of the Carnegie Library in Pittsburgh. Plan to spend at least a whole day if you're in the area. Knowlegeable volunteers can help point you in the right direction and they're familiar with the library's holdings as well. Membership includes their quarterly journal and newsletter in addition to discounts on purchases. I bought my copy of The History of Allegheny County while I was there the first time - the membership fee nearly paid for itself with the discount.

 Surname Specific
MacDermot Clan: From Moylurg to Coolavin
Topley Family 

Wilkinsons on the Web - Everything Wilkinson. Genealogy, email addresses, links to other Wilkinson webpages, famous Wilkinsons, Wilkinson history and a coat of arms or two.

Websites that mention Natchers:

Alpha Phi: Winter 1996 Quarterly: Marriages, Births, & Silent Chapter -- White Pages, N
Electronic Buyers News: Top 50 Distributors
High Latitude Crabs: Biology, Management, and Economics table of contents
ICQ Inc. - Messages Contest
Las Vegas Marathon Results
Looking at the socio-economic sustainability of Canada's forests - David, grad student, University of Alberta
LWHS Alumni Reunion Page
Nugget Distributors: Corporate Staff
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Pennsylvania Licensed Water Well Drillers
RM research
Territorial Newspapers - Deeds of Trust
The Forum -- Archives
The Runner's Schedule - Race Results
William Natcher


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