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Genealogy of the Woodcock Valley

Huntingdon County, Pennsylvania


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I'll try to post site updates, new information, or about life in general as things happen.  ~  Deb

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Phillips Fly and Tackle Company

Posted on February 21, 2021 at 10:30 AM Comments comments (1)

Hi, I'm Carson. I'm working on my communications merit badge for Boy Scouts. For this merit badge, I have to share information with the public. Since I love to fish, I am doing an article on the Phillips Fly and Tackle Company. My mom, who loves local history, first purchased a Phillips "Crippled Killer" at a local auction in 2014, and then purchased a book about the company.


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Marklesburg Normal School Keepsake

Posted on July 12, 2016 at 11:10 PM Comments comments (1)

For a year and a half, I worked at Isett Heritage Museum in Huntingdon, PA.  In many ways, it was an ideal job for this genealogy loving history buff!  I loved being surrounded by the local history items and daily reminders of days gone by.

One of my favorite pieces in the collection was an unusual pillow, hand-crafted and hand-stitched in 1905 by the students at the Marklesburg Normal School.  The pillo...

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New History Books

Posted on August 1, 2015 at 8:55 PM Comments comments (2)

So, I'm sure some of you are probably wondering if I am still alive - the answer to that question is:  "Yes, I am!"  

The winter was quite rough for me.  First, my desktop computer crashed where I housed all of my genealogy and family photos.  Thanks to an external hard drive, I only lost a handful of names from my family tree database.  The computer experts were able to salvage my hard drive and encase it, so that I can use it as an external drive o...

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Some Days Are Just Lucky

Posted on March 4, 2015 at 7:40 PM Comments comments (0)

I often go to eBay and just type in a specific search relating to local history to see what comes up.  Some days are just luckier than others.  In mid-February, I found a photo that was eerily familiar to me.  At the time, I couldn't explain why, but the price was right and I bought it.  I took a look at what else the seller had for sale and found some other old photos that had great subject matter and I bought several more.

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Isett Civil War Sword

Posted on January 12, 2015 at 9:35 PM Comments comments (0)

It has been a while since I've blogged; I never meant for it to be so long!  I'm still alive and well.  2014 was a rough year for me personally, but it was also a year of wonderful new beginnings. 

After teaching for 15 years in public education, I decided I would never last for 15 more years.  It was a promise that I had always made to myself - that if it ever stopped being fun that I would get out.  It was time to get out!  I found myse...

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Civil War Living History Weekend

Posted on June 22, 2014 at 12:50 AM Comments comments (0)

The Huntingdon County Historical Society held their first Civil War Living History Weekend on June 7 and 8, 2014 at the Huntingdon County Fairgrounds.   The event hosted various reenactment groups including members of Company C of the 53rd Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry, Company C of the 125th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry,

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Johnston Family

Posted on May 27, 2014 at 6:20 PM Comments comments (3)

On Saturday, May 17, 2014, I took my son to his first public auction.  I knew I would be on borrowed time with an almost five year-old in tow, but I was drawn to the local history books on the sale bill.  To my surprise, he did incrediby well entertaining himself with his iPad, a new little friend he made in the auctioneer's grandson, and amusing the crowd around him.  He quickly got into the swing of things and even tried to buy some things he wanted!


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Riverview Cemetery

Posted on February 21, 2014 at 9:20 PM Comments comments (0)

Riverview Cemetery is a large cemetery located in Huntingdon Borough.  The cemetery is maintained by borough employees.  If you are lucky enough to find the caretaker, you can sometimes luck out and be allowed to visit the office, where you can view the origianl burial cards.  The cemetery sits atop a hill over looing Stone Creek and is the resting place for some of Huntingdon's most notorious families.

The cemetery is a maze of gravestones that covers several...

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Family History Articles

Posted on February 2, 2014 at 9:30 AM Comments comments (0)

Over the last few months, several of our members have been submitting aricles relating to surnames specific to the Woodcock Valley to the Family Histories area of the website.

This page is broken down by family surname.  So far, here are the entries available:

Thompson and Forshey Families

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DNA: Full Circle!

Posted on October 2, 2013 at 10:05 PM Comments comments (0)

Recently, I put an e-mail out to all of my fellow Isett researchers when Family Tree DNA announced that they were lowering the cost of their Family Finder DNA test.  Valene Woolridge and I have communicated over the years about her husband's connections to the Isett family, and she decided to do testing on several members of her family, including her husband.

I was ecstatic when I realized that Valene's husband...

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