Friday, February 27, 2015

Friday Funny - Burd Marries Buzzard

This one was too funny to pass up. My BURD ancestors are often recorded as BIRD in many records, so when I stumbled upon a record for a BURD who married a BUZZARD I had to chuckle!

Mary E. Burd married S.E. Buzzard in Armstrong County, Pennsylvania in 1892. Mary is my first cousin 3 times removed that I found when searching Pennsylvania marriage records for collateral Burd ancestors. Happy Friday!



"Pennsylvania County Marriages, 1885-1950," index and images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 5 February 2015), S.E. Buzzard and Mary E. Burd, 7 January 1892.

Monday, February 16, 2015

Madness Monday - "Drank Deadly Poison"

This is another photocopied clipping that I found in my father's family files. Like many of the items in this folder, there is no mention of the source, date, or who has the original clipping. This is the second suicide that I have found in researching my father's family (you can read about the other suicide here).

I believe that this article is about my second great grand uncle Robert Burd, the oldest son of Alex Burd and Main Bingham. Robert Burd was born around 1848 in Edinburgh, Scotland and was living in Harrison Township in 1880 with his wife Nancy and their children. By 1900, Nancy was widowed and still living in Harrison Township. The article states that Robert  was 50 years old, so this would have been around 1898 or 1899.

I located a probate record for my ancestor Robert Burd, who died on 5 June 1899 in Harrison Township. He died intestate and the Allegheny County Proceedings Index lists a "Record of Death" in the RD Docket, which is not available online with the other probate records on FamilySearch. Another item for my "to-research" list for me next trip to Allegheny County!



"Pennsylvania Probate Records, 1683-1994," images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 9 February 2015); Allegheny County Estate Index 1788-1971, Surname B, First Name K-Z, entry for Robert Burd, 5 June 1899.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Tombstone Tuesday - Dead Silence

photo by author © 2015

It was a beautiful Sunday morning. I was walking with my family through the cemetery after church to a reception the social center. My husband chuckled and said "dead silence" as he pointed out this headstone. I had never noticed this headstone, but now smile whenever I walk past it!