Sometimes the best research sources are hyper local. I’m sure my aunts, uncles, cousins and second cousins who live in the Williamsport, Pennsylvania, area will be even more thrilled than I am about this announcement. The James V. Brown Library is scanning Williamsport newspapers since 1807 to be keyword searchable and available online. Not only will I finally be able to complete my search for the circa 1915 help wanted ad my grandfather Domenic Troisi answered for a job as a cutter at Penn Garment Company—the job that secured his fate and our family’s existence by pulling him from New York City to Williamsport, which is where he met his wife and stayed—but we family members will also be able to read circa 1830 stories about the arrival in Williamsport of German immigrants from the Rhineland, which included the ancestors of Domenic’s wife, our grandmother, Bernardine Beiter. Get your library cards up to date, family members! Read about it here.
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