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NEWS
January 22, 2009
Hagerstown Community College's Center for Continuing Education is offering two genealogy courses in early February. The first course, "Tracing Your Family Roots - Introduction to Genealogy," is offered Fridays from Feb. 6 to 27 from 9:30 a.m. to noon. This introductory course is designed to help students discover the fundamental building blocks of genealogy research by teaching them to use the most current tools, including reference CDs and genealogy software such as Family Tree Maker and Legacy Family Tree.
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NEWS
August 22, 2008
The Fiery family in Washington County To the editor: As a descendant of Joseph Fiery, I was very much interested in the article "Early house built to German plan," by Pat Schooley that appeared in the Sunday paper of Aug. 10. It was very gratifying to know that the old Fiery homestead is still standing and being well maintained, and Ms. Schooley certainly did a fine job of describing the house. However, I have found some of the family history in the article to be inaccurate.
NEWS
By AUTUMN PAPAJOHN | June 29, 2008
For some, the annual re-enactment of the Battle of Gettysburg - the furthest incursion of the Confederate Army into Union territory during the Civil War - is symbolic of America's historic heart. But for others, the re-enactment means more than that. It is part of their family history, even a way of life. Re-enactors George King, 59, and his son Trevor, 20, both of Waynesboro, Pa., have participated in every Gettysburg re-enactment for the last 14 years. "Gettysburg is the event of the year.
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By MARLO BARNHART | January 20, 2008
Editor's note: Each Sunday, The Herald-Mail publishes "A Life Remembered. " This continuing series takes a look back - through the eyes of family, friends, co-workers and others - at a member of the community who died recently. Today's "A Life Remembered" is about Alma Tomlinson O'Toole, who died Jan. 8 at the age of 91. Her obituary was published in the Jan. 10 edition of The Herald-Mail. Born in Moundsville, W.Va., Alma Tomlinson (O'Toole) was a mountain girl through and through.
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By MARLO BARNHART | January 19, 2008
Editor's note: Each Sunday, The Herald-Mail publishes "A Life Remembered. " This continuing series takes a look back ? through the eyes of family, friends, co-workers and others ? at a member of the community who died recently. Today's "A Life Remembered" is about Alma Tomlinson O'Toole, who died Jan. 8 at the age of 91. Her obituary was published in the Jan. 10 edition of The Herald-Mail. HAGERSTOWN ? Born in Moundsville, W.Va., Alma Tomlinson (O'Toole) was a mountain girl through and through.
NEWS
by MARLO BARNHART | May 28, 2006
BIG POOL - Granted, everyone who came to Fort Frederick State Park for the 250th anniversary weekend celebration was surrounded by the history of the place. But for the Williams family, it wasn't just any history - it is their history, too. For 54 years beginning just before the Civil War and lasting into the early 1900s, the Nathan Williams family owned and farmed the land on which Fort Frederick stands. "We came here for this from New Jersey," said Jean Johnson, wife of Donald Johnson, whose mother was a Williams.
NEWS
February 15, 2006
WILLIAMSPORT - You know your grandmother's maiden name and the story of how your great-aunt decided to settle in California but when it comes to putting the rest of your family history together, you're stumped. A genealogy seminar will be held at Williamsport Retirement Village in the Twin Oaks Assisted Living building Tuesday, March 14, at 7 p.m. The speaker will be Anne Reed, a Washington County librarian, who will talk about the latest online resources to gather family tree information and trace ancestry.
NEWS
By RICHARD F. BELISLE | October 29, 2005
waynesboro@herald-mail.com NEEDMORE, PA. - Red, white and blue bows fluttered on mailboxes for about six miles of U.S. 522 between Warfordsburg, Pa., and Needmore Bible Church on Friday morning. Hundreds of little American flags lined both sides of the long curved drive leading up the hill to the church. Inside, more than 400 people - parents, siblings, relatives, friends, plus a detachment of 15 Marines - came to pay homage to Lance Cpl. Steven Walter Szwydek, their 20-year-old son, brother, nephew, friend and fellow Marine.
NEWS
August 29, 2005
The 107th annual reunion of the Smouse family was held Saturday Aug 13, at the home of Duane and Susan Smouse in Henrietta, Pa. Since this is the site of the first reunion in October 1897, many family members enjoy the chance to attend and live a part of the family history. This year's attendance numbered about 50 people. Each family brought a dish for a buffet lunch. Everyone was able to sample the different dishes. Family members had a chance to swap stories and catch up on the latest family happenings during the picnic lunch.
NEWS
July 20, 2005
Week of July 17, 1955 John Lancaster, 82, of Liberty Street, had a special reason for wanting to take the excursion trip today to Connellsville, Pa., with Western Maryland Railway employees. Mr. Lancaster, about 50 years ago, was a member of the railroad survey team which surveyed for the laying of the track to Connellsville. Bearing out Market Guide's report this week that Hagerstown is booming, Sales Management's new copyrighted survey of buying power reveals that business activity in Hagerstown reached new heights in the past year, with retail stores chalking up a sales volume of $59,227,000.
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