Time for One Blog

In order to have all of my genealogy blogging in one place (aka make my life easier), I have decided to solely focus on my other blog, now called Gen Wish List. This blog will stay just as it is so that fellow researchers can still find the information that I have posted. I have been amazed by all of the contacts that I have made on this blog and hope to continue to make more. I hope that you will continue to read my posts about my family tree on Gen Wish List.

You can email me if you have any comments or find a connection with a family we are both researching at genwishlist@gmail.com.

Tombstone Tuesday: Mary Margaret HAEFNER SCHMIDT

This week's Tombstone Tuesday comes once again from my aunt's photos taken at St. Boniface Cemetery in Williamsport, Lycoming county, Pennsylvania.


Mary Margaret HAEFNER was born 30 Jun 1882 in Williamsport, Pennsylvania to Frank A HAEFNER and Eva Catherine BLITZ.
She married Frank F SCHMIDT on 17 Oct 1907.

Mary M Schmidt marker, Saint Boniface Cemetery, Williamsport (Lycoming), Pennsylvania; photo taken by DKE, 2009.

Tombstone Tuesday: F Joseph Haefner and Helena Betz

This weeks Tombstone Tuesday comes again from Saint Boniface Cemetery in Williamsport, Lycoming county, Pennsylvania.

Frank Joseph HAEFNER (who always went by F Joseph) was born 22 July 1880 in Williamsport to Frank A HAEFNER and Eva Catherine BLITZ. He died 25 September 1968 in Montoursville.

Around 1905 he married Helena P BETZ. She was born in 1883 and died 17 November 1961.

F Joseph and Helena P Haefner marker, Saint Boniface Cemetery, Williamsport (Lycoming), Pennsylvania; photo taken by DKE, 2009.

Tombstone Tuesday: Lawrence and Anna RITTER

Lawrence John RITTER was born 2 October 1884 in Williamsport, Lycoming county Pennsylvania. He died in April of 1970 in Williamsport.

Anna (nee HAEFNER) RITTER was born 24 Jun 1889 in Williamsport to Frank A HAEFNER and Eva Catherine BLITZ. She died in January of 1977 in Williamsport.

They were married 22 Jun 1911 at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Williamsport.

They are buried at St. Boniface Cemetery.

Lawrence J and Anna H Ritter marker, Saint Boniface Cemetery, Williamsport (Lycoming), Pennsylvania; photo taken by DKE, 2009.

Tombstone Tuesday: Carl and Anastasia Haefner

Carl V and Anastasia HAEFNER are buried in St. Boniface Cemetery, Williamsport, Lycoming county, Pennsylvania.

Carl was born 22 Jan 1897 and died Aug 1979 in Williamsport. He married Anastasia M MAYAN about 1921. She was born 6 Sept 1896 and died 15 Nov 1971.

Carl V and Anastasia Haefner marker, Saint Boniface Cemetery, Williamsport (Lycoming), Pennsylvania; photo taken by DKE, 2009.

Tombstone Tuesday: Magdalena and Eugene ECK

Today's Tombstone Tuesday post in the tombstone of my great grandparents, Magdalena HAEFNER and Eugene J ECK.


Magdalena was born 7 Oct 1893 in Williamsport, Lycoming county, Pennsylvania to Frank A HAEFNER and Eva Catherine BLITZ. She died 2 Jan 1975 in Williamsport.

Eugene was born 23 Mar 1893 in Williamsport, Pennsylvania to John Jeremiah ECK and Theresa BANK. He died 2 Jan 1975 in Williamsport.

Notice how they died on the same day? They actually died 8 hours apart.

Magdalena was in the hospital. One of the children went to their house to pick up Eugene to visit her. (I forget which child it was from my dad's story of the events.) He or she found Eugene at the bottom of the stairs. He had had a heart attack and died. He was pronounced dead at Divine Providence Hospital at 10:30 AM. According to my dad, Magdalena decided that she didn't want to live after hearing the news. Although she may have recovered from her illness that sent her to the hospital, she died that evening, at 6:30 PM from congestive heart failure. According to their obituary, she had been in the hospital since November 17 (which makes me think that the illness was more serious than my dad thought. I have a copy of their death certificates and it is interesting to see that Magdalena is listed as a widow, even if it was only for a few hours.

Magdalena H and Eugene J Eck gravestone, Saint Boniface Cemetery, Williamsport (Lycoming), Pennsylvania, photo taken by DKE, 2009.

Copyright Tina Lyons, 2009

SNFG - Ahnentafel Roulette - Alice Susan HILLIS

This week's Saturday Night Genealogy Fun from Randy Seaver is Ahnentafel Roulette.

1) How old is your father now, or how old would he be if he had lived? Divide this number by 4 and round the number off to a whole number. This is your "roulette number."

My dad turned 60 this year. 60 divided by 4 is 15.

2) Use your pedigree charts or your family tree genealogy software program to find the person with that number in your ahnentafel. Who is that person?

Number 15 on my pedigree chart is my great grandmother Alice Susan HILLIS.

3) Tell us three facts about that person with the "roulette number."

Alice was born April Fool's Day of 1896 (1 Apr 1896) in Rabbit Hash, Kentucky (according my grandmother's birth certificate). Her parents were George E HILLIS (my brick wall) and Mary Susan WASHBURN.

She married Dewey Francis BASCOM on 10 Jan 1917 in Lawrenceburg, Dearborn county, Indiana. They had 4 children, 2 sons and 2 daughter.

She died 31 Jul 1979 in Hamilton county, Ohio and is buried at Arlington Memorial Garden in Kenwood, Hamilton county, Ohio.

Census records show her moving around the Cincinnati area and also living in Florida.
1900 - Anderson township, Hamilton county, Ohio
1910 - Rising Sun, Ohio county, Indiana
1920 - Aurora, Dearborn county, Indiana
1930 - Hamilton, Butler county, Ohio
1935 - Plant City, Hillsborough county, Florida

In the 1940s the family lived in Norwood, Hamilton county, Ohio. They eventually moved to Mount Washington and finally to Deer Park, both in Hamilton county. Dewey and Alice worked in the food transportation business and eventually owned a grocery store. Here is a photo of them at their store.

I think that was more than 3 facts about Alice, but more is better, right?