Research Assistance for Ohio, Pennsylvania and Las Vegas, NV area

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I'm willing to do court house look-ups, cemetery photos for the greater Las Vegas, NV area (Las Vegas, North Las Vegas and Henderson, NV).

I'm willing to do look-ups at newspapers.com, Fold3.

I'm willing to access online databases for look-ups at the Ohio Genealogy Society and the Pennsylvania Genealogy Society.

Butler-8347
asked in Genealogy Help by Sharon Butler G2G1 (1.1k points)

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Sharon,

Thank you for your generous offer!  I can hardly find any information about any of my ancestors in Pennsylvania in the early to mid 1800s.  Maybe you can help.

I have one brick wall ancestor, Julia Anna Knox, who married William Hoisington Goodsell (I don't know where or when the marriage took place, but Mount Pleasant, Wayne County, Pennsylvania around 1830 seems likely.  William shows up on the 1830 US census for Mount Pleasant, Wayne County, Pennsylvania with a 20-30 year old female that I assume is Julia.)  William was born in 1806, probably in Connecticut or Pennsylvania, USA.  I have no records that give Julia's date of birth, her parents' names, or much of anything else.  She is named on the death certificates of two of her children, and at least one of them said Julia was born in Pennsylvania.  

Julia Anna (Knox) Goodsell died before 1850, but it is not certain exactly where or when.  Her first known child, George, was born in 1831 in Wyoming County, PA,  One of Julia's daughters, Adelia (my ancestor) was born October 17, 1834, in Wayne County, PA.  I believe there was at least one more child -- that I have not added to Wikitree due to lack of records -- named Amasa Goodsell, possibly born about 1839 in Pennsylvania.  Julia may have died soon after giving birth to him, but I haven't found a death record.  William Goodsell remarried and shows up with his new wife Clarissa/Clarene on the 1850 US census.  Here is Julia's Wikitree profile: https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Knox-2282   I have so little information about her that I am embarrassed to have a profile for her.

I would be grateful to locate almost any Pennsylvania record that actually mentions her.  I would be ecstatic to find something that helps me find out who her parents were.

If you have time, could you see if the Pennsylvania Genealogy Society has any clues about her?

Reba
answered by R. Greenup G2G6 Mach 6 (61.7k points)
Reba,

I've not had any luck.  Pretty much found what you have already found.  Sorry I couldn't be of more help.
Sherri,
Thank you for trying, though!  Pennsylvania has been a black hole that sucks up many of my ancestors.  I'm not sure if all the courthouses burned down, or why PA is such a joy-killer for genealogy (at least that's what it feels like).
I really appreciate your generosity in taking time to do this -- and I did realize in the back of my mind that you were probably better positioned to help with Nevada research, but I'll grasp at any and all straws.  ;-) 
Thanks again!
Reba
+1 vote
Sharon,

You must have the genealogy bug!! Thank you for your kind offer.

I would love to be able to access records from the Pennsylvania Genealogy Society. Almost ALL my ancestors are from Pennsylvania, and although my son and I have made great strides, we have a few walls to break through, in families that seem to have millions of members: especially Boyer and Palmer! We also have an ancestor that may have come to the country under an assumed name, to fight in the Revolution, but then stayed. He is our Mystery Ancestor!

My I contact you later, after the holidays?

Alexandra Florimonte
answered ago by Alexandra Florimonte G2G6 Mach 1 (12.2k points)
Yes, feel free to contact me after the holidays.  I also got a new book, Early German Settlers of York County, Pennsylvania.  Any of your Boyer's/Palmer's live in York county?

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