Records Indexing

Having no major research tasks till my trip to the Red Cross on Tuesday (see post of June 2), I’ve signed up for an online volunteer records indexing project. So far, I’ve indexed 320 names–was assigned 7 pages from the 1870 Ohio census, and one from the Maryland census of that year. They will soon be available for searching at If you’d like to sign up for volunteer indexing, you can find more info at:

If I had the resources, I would index local censuses, but I only have access to them from the library. Personally, I think it’s best to index records from areas you know; that way, in handwritten documents, it’s easier to recognize names because you know what’s common in that locale. Needless to say, I have no idea what surnames were prevalent in rural mid-19th century Ohio, but I know a Maurer, Drumheller or Douty surname when I see one. 🙂

Once I’ve crossed Pottsville off my list, I will call the historical society in Sunbury again (have talked to them a lot this past month regarding various resources). They have a portion of the collection from Thomas Photography, a studio which used to be in Shamokin; it was around since the 1880’s, in the days of Myron Thomas, founder. These days, however, the historical society only has portrait photos post-1925, so I was somewhat discouraged in finding portraits of some of the figures connected with my research; their prime was long before the 20’s. But, I may still find something, and at this point any personal photo is worth the project it takes to find it, so I will contact them again soon.

Trevorton is off…reading newspapers this evening

Something came up, could not make the Trevorton trip today. It is a small cemetery I think, but I have left a phone message for the superintendent asking about plot plans, this will save time next I head to Trevorton.

This afternoon, I uploaded the family tree database to OneGreatFamily, a complex family tree site which supposedly has excellent auto-merging faculties, but I found the thing to be very difficult to use. Will have to get back to it later and see if I can do anything with it.

Also, I visited a website which contained databases of historical newspapers, books, and documents. I found there an article from the time of M.H. Kulp’s service in the U.S. Congress, which appeared in an Illinois paper, the Sunday Inter Ocean, February 8, 1896, and was entitled: “Oddities in Congress. Lawmakers Who Are Distinguished by Queer Manners and Careers.”

Monroe H. Kulp is a new man from Pennsylvania. He is known as Farmer Kulp, though exactly why is not apparent. He is a good deal of a swell in respect to dress. With reasonable certainty he may be said to be the cheekiest member in the House. During the last session of the Fify-Third [sic] Congress he had the privilege of the floor of the House, being a member-elect. It happened that a vote was pending on an important question, and, the decision being rather close, tellers were appointed. Under such circumstances the members all pass in line between the tellers in order that their votes may be recorded. Kulp coolly took his place in the line and voted, the cheat not being discovered.

Festival Schedule & Family Tree Updates

Updates have been made to the Kulp/McConnell family tree database on WorldConnect. The tree now includes 759 individuals, not counting alternate names which WorldConnect counts as a separate individual.

The Anthracite Heritage Festival is tomorrow. The weather is fairly good this morning; chill but clear and sunny. Hopefully this will hold out for tomorrow. The festival parade is scheduled for this evening, but I think I’ll stay home and relax, as I’ll be going out early tomorrow. Today’s local newspaper features the schedule for the Anthracite Festival:


4 to 6 p.m. — Brush Valley Regional Chamber of Commerce chicken barbecue, Sixth and Arch streets.

6 p.m. — Festival parade begins at Rock and Independence streets. Travels west on Independence to Market, ends at Arch.

7 p.m. — Veterans salute, Price for Freedom monument, Lincoln Street.

Approximately 7:30 p.m. — Shama Lama at bandstand, Market and Arch.

9:30 p.m. — Luminaria service along Lincoln Street; performance by opera soloist Shannon Mercer.

10 p.m. — Fireworks display by Robert “Chopper” Deitz.


8:50 a.m. — Church bells ring to call people to the festival.

9 a.m. — Cameron Colliery whistle blows to signal start of festival, followed by singing of national anthem by Zack Sickora.

9 a.m. — Last minute sign-ups for “The Amazing Coal Cracker Race” at Market and Spruce.

9:05 a.m. — Ecumenical service at festival stage, followed by singing of “God Bless America” by Sickora.

9:45 a.m. — Carriage tours begin at Market and Arch.

10 a.m. — “The Amazing Coal Cracker Race” begins at Postage Plus, Market and Spruce; trolley tours of Coal Township begin; first cemetery tour starts; career and arts center exhibits open.

10 a.m. — Marionette show in the fourth park lot, Market and Pine; Sadie Green Sales Jug Band at festival stage.

10:30 a.m. — Moyer School of Dance, festival stage.

11:30 a.m. — Sadie Green Sales Jug Band, festival stage.

Noon — Magic and illusion show, festival stage, SCRA tour from display booth No. 2; American Legion building displays open.

12:30 p.m. — Show and shine car show, Independence Street, Rite Aid and FNB Bank parking lots.

1 p.m. — Talent show, festival stage.

2 p.m. — SCRA tour leaving from booth No. 2, second cemetery tour kicks off.

2:30 p.m. — “Hats off to Pennsylvania” performance by Ray Owens.

3:30 p.m. — DJ performance at festival stage.

4 p.m. — Festival ends.