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Huntingdon County, Pennsylvania

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Civil War Living History Weekend

Posted on June 22, 2014 at 12:50 AM Comments comments (0)

The Huntingdon County Historical Society held their first Civil War Living History Weekend on June 7 and 8, 2014 at the Huntingdon County Fairgrounds.   The event hosted various reenactment groups including members of Company C of the 53rd Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry, Company C of the 125th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry,

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Johnston Family

Posted on May 27, 2014 at 6:20 PM Comments comments (1)

On Saturday, May 17, 2014, I took my son to his first public auction.  I knew I would be on borrowed time with an almost five year-old in tow, but I was drawn to the local history books on the sale bill.  To my surprise, he did incrediby well entertaining himself with his iPad, a new little friend he made in the auctioneer's grandson, and amusing the crowd around him.  He quickly got into the swing of things and even tried to buy some things he wanted!


Thankfu...

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Riverview Cemetery

Posted on February 21, 2014 at 9:20 PM Comments comments (0)

Riverview Cemetery is a large cemetery located in Huntingdon Borough.  The cemetery is maintained by borough employees.  If you are lucky enough to find the caretaker, you can sometimes luck out and be allowed to visit the office, where you can view the origianl burial cards.  The cemetery sits atop a hill over looing Stone Creek and is the resting place for some of Huntingdon's most notorious families.


The cemetery is a maze of gravestones that covers several...

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Family History Articles

Posted on February 2, 2014 at 9:30 AM Comments comments (0)

Over the last few months, several of our members have been submitting aricles relating to surnames specific to the Woodcock Valley to the Family Histories area of the website.


This page is broken down by family surname.  So far, here are the entries available:


Thompson and Forshey Families

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DNA: Full Circle!

Posted on October 2, 2013 at 10:05 PM Comments comments (0)

Recently, I put an e-mail out to all of my fellow Isett researchers when Family Tree DNA announced that they were lowering the cost of their Family Finder DNA test.  Valene Woolridge and I have communicated over the years about her husband's connections to the Isett family, and she decided to do testing on several members of her family, including her husband.


I was ecstatic when I realized that Valene's husband...

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Greetings from a CCC Hospital

Posted on September 23, 2013 at 11:50 PM Comments comments (0)

Several weeks ago, I was contacted by Anita Palmer.  Her father, Albert F. Breitweiser, worked for the Civilian Conservation Corps at Camp S-61 Diamond Valley in Huntingdon County.  


Albert joined the Civilian Conservation Corps in September 1933 and worked three terms of six months each before leaving the CCC.  At first, he worked as a laborer at Diamond Valley.  However, when the camp leader found out he had been an Eagle Scout and was well versed in fi...

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James Creek Mill

Posted on August 14, 2013 at 10:35 PM Comments comments (1)

We just finished up another week of the "Bigger and Better" Huntingdon County Fair.  The Huntingdon County Fair is an annual tradition for many local families.  It is one of the oldest, most continuous county fairs in the state, having started in 1831.


One of my favorite features is the

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Matthew G. Isett (1838-1863)

Posted on August 1, 2013 at 9:20 PM Comments comments (0)

It's no secret that the family I have enjoyed researching the most, but which is also my nemesis, is the Isett family.  This week, I had the opportunity to visit the Isett Heritage Museum.  I knew they had a photo of Matthew G. Isett in his Civil War uniform.  So after dropping my son off at preschool on Tuesday, I made my way to the top of Stone Creek Ridge armed with my camera.  I explained to the guide that ...

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Weller Family Photos

Posted on July 29, 2013 at 10:15 PM Comments comments (0)

Last week, I had the opportunity to visit two Weller siblings and scan some of their family photos, special memories, and local treasures.  


First, I visited with Ruth and Eugene Garner.  Ruth is the daughter of the late William Ralph and Grace Elizabeth (Riley) Weller.  Eugene is the son of the late Homer and Della May (Brumbaugh) Garner.



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Thomas C. Fisher Civil War Letter

Posted on July 19, 2013 at 9:35 PM Comments comments (0)

On the days my son goes to preschool this summer, I've been making some time for myself and have been hanging out in the Huntingdon County Court House and the Huntingdon County Historical Society.  It has been super hot here in central Pennsylvania this summer, and while neither are air-conditioned facilities, they are still cool pla...

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