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Monday, May 16, 2011

Honoring WWI Pittsburgh Area Veterans

For those of you who follow my genealogy antics, you know I have been the coordinator for a fabulous project in the Pittsburgh area.  A super group of volunteers have banded together to search the old newspapers and pull out the death, marriage, divorce and photos found within.  These entries have been put into indices which can be checked at no cost online.  

Our last death index had over 73000 entries!  This has been accomplished in about 15 months and still the labor of love of history keeps on ticking!  We update the these lists on a regular basis, so there is always a reason to check the lists every month or so.  You  just never know when you will be jumping for joy!

On another note, last December, one of the volunteers, Lynn Beatty, approached me with the idea of pulling the World War I veterans names from the newspapers.  My first thought was this would be so grand since so many of the World War I veterans information has been lost due to fire.  

Since then, Lynn has singlehandedly indexed 85133 entries for the military index.  My buddy, Ellis, graciously added the index to our Allegheny County Death Index page.  Norm even set up a page for our beloved veterans which will take you to the link for the date the name was seen in the newspaper.

So grab a cup of joe and take some time looking at the stories, the happy reunions, the letters, and shed a tear for those who gave their lives for our wonderful country.

Ahh, genealogy. Listen to your heartbeat when your beloved's name is found.

©2011 AS Eldredge

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