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maintain an extensive archive of an estimated 120,000 documents, thousands of photographs
and hundreds of books covering 1,500 branches of the Pennsylvania-German family of
actively add new items year-round to broaden knowledge and
deepen understanding. Sharing the data helps cousins learn about and re-connect with their families by preserving materials that document
the lives, past and present, of
The archive has been built
since 1985, thanks to efforts of many cousins who freely have shared their research. Archival
holdings range from old letters,
postcards and family lists to court papers, books and news articles -- as well
as from obituaries, funeral cards, newsletters to certificates, awards and
photographs. Each year, cousins Eugene Podraza and Mark Miner travel to new
regions of the country to conduct proprietary, firsthand research on waves of
cousins who left Western Pennsylvania in the 1800s, never to return.
When you contact our archive, it becomes an interactive experience.
of materials are available on request. You're invited to
add to our body of knowledge. Please consider donating copies of materials about your own life and
work, and those of your parents or grandparents, for reference value and the use of future generations.
We don't want originals unless you'd otherwise destroy them. To inquire, click here.
Items Added Since January 2005
Click to also see materials added in 2003
- 2001 - 1999-2000
Genealogy booklet by the late Olive Duff, with entries on Ella
(Miner) Moon, Edna (Gorsuch) Hyatt and others.
edition of The Reader's Digest containing the article, "Convoy
to Murmansk," mentioning and quoting James Howard Crabtree.
distributed DVD presentation, Frank Lloyd Wright's Fallingwater, a
special two-disk collection, featuring an interview with Denise (Kessler)
Copies of articles about the Civil War battle
of White Sulphur Springs, WV (where Burkett M. Fawcett was killed as
a member of the 3rd WV Volunteer Infantry), provided by Dr. Robert
Conte, historian of the Greenbrier Resort.
Civil War pension papers of Samuel Smale
of the 96th Ohio Volunteer Infantry and Spanish-American War military papers
of Howard C. Miner of the 10th Pennsylvania Infantry.
Copy of a 2005 booklet co-compiled by John
J. "Jack" Campbell, A Brief History
of Early Westmoreland County.
Cornish (UK) Guardian newspaper
World Saw Terror Attack on the US," picturing Rev. Charles
Alkula leading a memorial service at RAF St. Hawgan in England.
Audiotape of Elizabeth (Zoeller) Miner's
15-minute interview on KDKA-AM Radio in Pittsburgh on Oct. 16, 2005,
describing her work on a Red Cross nursing mission to Beaumont, TX, to help
refugees and other victims of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.
Copy of the 2005 book, There's No Place
Like Dunbar! 2002-2004 - Historical Vignettes and Personal Reflections from The
Daily Courier's Dunbar Column, authored by Donna R. Myers and Bonnie L.
Zurick of the Dunbar (PA) Historical
Society. This is the third book published
to date citing Minerd.com as a resource, and includes vignettes of many members
of our clan.
Complete set of issues of the Historical
Society News Magazine of the Churches of God Historical Society in
Findlay, OH, mentioning Dr. G. Richard Kern who is a trustee emeritus
and also a member of the archives/museum oversight committee for 2004-2007.
Copy of the Official Municipal Program of
the Sesqui-Centennial of the City of Pittsburgh (1758-1908), mentioning Corwin
D. Tilbury as a member of city's Select Council at the time of the
Collection of 47 old penny postcards sent to Lula
(Stairs) Swift from 1908 to 1918 from her brothers, sisters, cousins and
an aunt of the Stairs, Crosby and Piper branches.
Washington, PA newspaper clipping about the
golden wedding anniversary of Norton and Margaret (Fisher) Bedillion.
Copy of the book, Fixed Mix Seeks Same:
The First Book of Dog Personal Ads, by Christine Ecklund and Dean
Minerd (Andrews McMeel Publishing, 2005).
Copy of Paul Everett's book, The Prisoner,
naming Constance (Jagerski) Miner in the acknowledgements (Paulist
Copy of a 1945 article from the Shawnee
(OK) News-Star about five sons of Jacob and Amelia (McCullough)
DeLong who served in the US Armed Forces during World War II.
High resolution digital photographs of
Fallingwater from the Library of Congress "American Memory
Copy of the 2005 book, George Fluckey the
Hessian Soldier, by Lois Catlett and Sharon (Catlett) Kossieck,
containing extensive excerpts of Minerd.com biographies of Daniel and
Margaret (Fluckey) Miner Sr. and their descendants of Cardington, Morrow
County, OH. Minerd.com is credited as the source throughout the volume.
Photograph and World War I registration card
of George McDonald, who died of an epidemic of influenza while in
basic training at Fort Riley, KS. Copy of
Athens (OH) Messenger newspaper
obituaries of mixed-race descendants of Jacob and Ruth (Adams) Minerd,
including son in law Fleming Woody who began pre-Civil War life in Virginia
as a slave but gained his freedom at age 15.
Newspaper obituaries of the family of William
and Hattie (Gaines) Miner, a railroading family of Altoona, PA
Copy of Thomas McElwain's 1981 book, Our
Kind of People: Identity, Community and Religion on Chestnut Ridge,
mentioning the Minard family of Philippi, WV.
Copy of the 1870 book, History of
Washington County, by Alfred Creigh, LL.D., mentioning Samuel Birch
(of the 16th PA Cavalry) and Cyrus Lindley (of the 140th PA Infantry)
for their service during the Civil War.
Items Added in 2004:
Expanded Civil War pension files of brothers Isaac
F., James Jr. and William Minerd of the 85th PA Infantry, copied
at the National Archives in Washington, DC.
Civil War pension files of brothers Henry
C., John and William Minerd of the 17th WV Infantry, of the
mixed-race family of Minerd-Minard of Grafton and Philippi, WV, found at the
Civil War pension files of Jeptha Lame
of the 40th IN Infantry, found at the National Archives.
Copy of the book, The John Cears Kear
Family by Donald L. Kear (The Gregath Company, 1984), mentioning John
and Caroline (Minerd) Pring and their descendants.
Obituaries from the Knoxville (TN) Journal
and Tribune (1906) for Civil War veteran Henry C. Miner.
Copy of the Fall 1999 issue of Goldenseal:
West Virginia Traditional Life, featuring the article, "We, the
People of Chestnut Ridge," by Joanna Johnson Smith, Florence Kennedy
Barnett and Lois Kennedy Croston.
Letter to the editor of the Washington
(PA) Observer-Reporter, entitled "They Should Check the Welfare
Rolls," authored by Donald R. Miner, published June 1, 2004.
Washington (PA) Observer-Reporter
article, "Arc on Mission to Educate Public on Helping Mentally
Retarded," by Laurie Carson, published March 26, 2004.
Article from the newspaper of Drew
University, entitled "Smith and Watts Shine Brightly in DUDS' Hello
Out There," mentioning Evan Smith.
Copy of the Fallingwater Oral History
Project Interview Transcription OH-97-27 (dated Aug. 14, 1997) featuring
comments from Leola (Skinner) Miner and Denise (Kessler) Miner.
Copies of papers of the Bear Run Meetings
and Minutes records, 1955 through 1959, from the Edgar Kaufmann Jr.
Papers at Fallingwater (95.734 - Box 3), mentioning Ralph and Leola
(Skinner) Miner, Frank Miner, Lester Miner, Oakey and Gertrude (Shroyer)
Harbaugh, Lester Harbaugh, J. Frank Younkin and J. Fae Younkin.
Copy of the January-February
2004 issue of Timeline Magazine of the Ohio
Historical Society, mentioning Alpheus Minerd (a.k.a. Alfred
Minard) and his killer William Nichols in a cover feature about the Ohio
Copy of the 2000 book, The Explorer's
Guide to the Youghiogheny River Gorge, Ohiopyle, & S.W. Pennsylvania's
Villages, by Marci McGuinness and Bill Sohonage, picturing Reuben
Leonard caning chairs, and mentioning George Potter, Benjamin Leonard
and Christmas Leonard.
Page from Lewis Clark Walkinshaw's 1939 book,
Annals of Southwestern Pennsylvania, with a biographical profile of
Uniontown (PA) City Treasurer John Davis Kerfoot, husband of Pearl
Jan. 7, 2004 Daily Hampshire (MA) Gazette
article, headlined "Hanging Mountain Cooperative Pools Resources to Buy
Good Food," quoting Heather (Miner) Strader.
Copy of the 1942 book, The Hoyes of
Maryland, by Captain Charles E. Hoye (Sang Run, MD), mentioning John
J.P. and Louise (Minerd) Hoye of Oakland, MD and Dunbar, PA.
Copy of the 2001 book, Danville in the
Civil War, by F. Lawrence McFall, Jr. (Lynchburg, VA: H.E. Howard, Inc.)
mentioning Albert Miner, who died as a Civil War POW at a smallpox
hospital in Danville.
Winter 2004 Historian's Newsletter of
the United Methodist Historical Society of Ohio, of which Beverly
(Hansen) Miner is Membership Secretary/Treasurer.
Copy of pages from the 1890 book, Local and National Poets of America, edited
by Thomas W.
Herringshaw (Chicago: American Publishers Association), featuring a photograph,
biographical profile and two poems by Allen E. Harbaugh, "The
Mountain Poet" of Mill Run, PA.
Click to also see materials added in 2003
- 2001 - 1999-2000
© 2000-2005 Mark A. Miner