Obits found – Ida Jane Noel 03 Oct 1909, Gettysburg, Penn

Finding one obit in an old newspaper can lead to many more in the same newspaper.

Ida Jane Noel 1874-1909 obit tree - Penn

Ida Jane Noel 1874-1909 obit tree - Penn 2

It can also lead one to another newspaper from the same town.

I was working on a story about newspaper history items; “…don’t feel bad about what is happening in the Supreme Court, the USA has gone through much worse.” And I went into the Gettysburg, Penn Google News Archive collection.

While looking at the Gettysburg newspaper I saw this obit for Ida Jane so I took a screen print of it.

obit - Ida Jane Noel - Oct 1909 - Penn 01

I then copied it and cropped it so that it would fit better in her family tree box in Ancestry dot com.

obit - Ida Jane Noel - Oct 1909 - Penn 02

Having found this obit, I created a text file for it to help me with a tree if I was going to make one.

Not all obits that I find end up in their own trees, I sometimes just find an existing family tree for the person and notify the owners of said tree, and I send them the link to the obit.

I don’t know off hand if I will find a tree so I just follow the same steps for all my finds.

  1. take a screen print of it
  2. crop it if it is a long obit
  3. write up a text file for it, capturing all the info contained in the obit.

 

Ida Text

Ida Jane Noel

age abt. 39

born: abt. 1870

died: Oct 1909

in Penn

Ida is of Abbottstown, Penn

[Abbottstown, Adams, Pennsylvania, USA]

father: John Noel

mother:

brother: Samuel Noel

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Gettysburg, Penn

Gettysburg Times – Oct 7, 1909

https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=HaslAAAAIBAJ&sjid=OPwFAAAAIBAJ&pg=5034%2C2114360

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Since I did not find an existing family tree for Ida, I created a family tree on Ancestry dot com, to hold the screen print.

I then started picking up hints for Ida’s profile page:


The hints I looked at and sometimes picked up, gave me information about the family and some of the records had death dates and death places on them.

Since I had found Ids’s obit in a Gettysburg, Penn newspaper I figured I could find the other obits in the same newspaper.

I figured wrong.

The newspaper where I found Ida’s obit only has certain dates of newspapers available. It is “The Gettysburg Times” and the collection on Google News Archive is not complete.

It has the following newspapers:

Jan 1, 1909 to Dec 31 1949; then some in Sep 1950; a few in Nov 1950; and one for Dec 29 1950; then the collection picks up once again: Jan 1, 1951 to Apr 30 2009.

So the item that I picked up for Ida maybe in this collection but the other obit dates that I was finding were not available in the Gettysburg Times collection.

I had to find another newspaper for the area and luckily this was Gettysburg, Penn and Google News Archive has many Gettysburg newspaper to pick from.

Notice that there are only two out of the Gettysburg, Penn. collection that fit my needs.

blog Gettysburg newspaper chart

 


 

The following is a quick glance at the names, dates, relationship and newspaper where I found the obits.

(A complete list will be at end of blog post.)

I found Ida’s obit in the “Gettysburg Times” but I could not find her parents in that collection; the dates fell right in the area where the collection was missing newspaper for the dates.

Notice that Ida’s father and mother’s obits had to be found in “The Star and Sentinel” newspaper collection. Also notice that each has a long version and a cropped version. The cropped version fits better in the profile box of the Ancestry dot com tree and is easier to read because the text is larger.

Ida Jane Noel

age abt. 39

born: abt. 1870

died: Oct 1909

Gettysburg Times

(see her obit above)

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Ida’s father

Samuel A Noel Sr

age 69

born: in York county

died: 10 Jan 1950

The Star and Sentinel

obit - Samuel A Noel - Jan 1950 - Penn 02obit - Samuel A Noel - Jan 1950 - Penn 01

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Samuel’s wife, Ida’s mother

Delia E Noel

born: in Baltimore, Maryland

died: Mar 1945

The Star and Sentinel

obit - Delia E LeBrun Noel - Mar 1945 - Penn 2obit - Delia E LeBrun Noel - Mar 1945 - Penn 1

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son of Samuel and Delis, Ida’s brother

Samuel A Noel Jr

age 45

born:13 Dec 1910

died: 30 Aug 1956

Gettysburg Times

obit - Samuel A Noel Jr - 30 Aug 1956 - Penn 2obit - Samuel A Noel Jr - 30 Aug 1956 - Penn 1

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daughter of Samuel Sr and Delia, Ida’s sister

Margaret Virginia (Noel) Swisher

age 91

born Abt. 1901

died: 27 May 1992

Gettysburg Times

obit - Margaret Virginia Swisher - May 1992 - Penn 2obit - Margaret Virginia Swisher - May 1992 - Penn

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husband of Margaret V (Noel) Swisher, Ida’s brother-in-law

Ellis A Swisher

age 66

born: Abt 1900

died: Mar 1966

Gettysburg Times

obit - Ellis A Swisher - Mar 1966 - Adams Penn 2obit - Ellis A Swisher - Mar 1966 - Adams Penn

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So you see, by finding Ida’s one (1) obit

Ida Jane Noel 1874-1909 obit tree - Penn

I was able to find five (5) other obits for the family and could probably find many more, if I spent the time looking.Ida Jane Noel 1874-1909 obit tree - Penn 2

The links for the obits will be at the end of the blog post so feel free to look at those newspapers.

I hope this gives you a better idea of what can be found in the Google News Archive collection and that you now know, if you can’t find it in one newspaper, you might be able to find it in a different newspaper; you just have to look for it.

Thank You

Jose from Clarkston, Michigan, USA


Update: I was able to find three more obits and I put them on the tree. I also put all the obits onto the memorial pages of Find-A-Grave. Here is a screen print of the Gallery as it stands on the eve of 08 Oct 2018 — Noel family Gallery - obits in Penn newspaper



Ida Jane Noel

age abt. 39

born: abt. 1870

died: Oct 1909

Penn

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Gettysburg, Penn

Gettysburg Times – Oct 7, 1909

https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=HaslAAAAIBAJ&sjid=OPwFAAAAIBAJ&pg=5034%2C2114360

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Ida’s father

Samuel A Noel

age 69

born:

in York county

died: 10 Jan 1950 Tuesday

at the Warner Hosptal in Gettysburg, Penn

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Gettysburg, Pennsylvania

The Star and Sentinel – Jan 14, 1950

https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=To8lAAAAIBAJ&sjid=yfIFAAAAIBAJ&pg=1113%2C5068052

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Samuel’s wife

Delia E Noel

born:

in Baltimore, Maryland

died: Mar 1945

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Gettysburg, Pennsylvania

The Star and Sentinel – Mar 17, 1945

https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=SI0lAAAAIBAJ&sjid=vfIFAAAAIBAJ&pg=2934%2C4293179

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son of Samuel and Delis

Samuel A Noel

age 45

born:13 Dec 1910

in Adams county, Penn

died: 30 Aug 1956

at home of heart attack

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Gettysburg, Penn

Gettysburg Times – Aug 30, 1956

https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=9EgmAAAAIBAJ&sjid=Qv8FAAAAIBAJ&pg=1383%2C2339960

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daughter of Samuel Sr and Delia

Margaret Virginia (Noel) Swisher

age 91

born Abt. 1901

in Carroll county, Maryland

died: 27 May 1992

at Hanover Gen. Hospital

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Gettysburg, Adams, Penn

Gettysburg Times – May 28, 1992

https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=j-AlAAAAIBAJ&sjid=OP0FAAAAIBAJ&pg=6355%2C2871459

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husband of Margaret V (Noel) Swisher

Ellis A Swisher

age 66

born: Abt 1900

died: Mar 1966 Tuesday

at home

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Gettysburg, Adams, Penn

Gettysburg Times – Mar 9, 1966

https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=hDomAAAAIBAJ&sjid=t_4FAAAAIBAJ&pg=1275%2C4604470

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Lester W Swisher
age 53

born: Abt. 1914

died: Mar 1967 Wednesday
at Hanover Gen Hospital

father: R. Calvin Swisher
mother: Minnie (Miller) Swisher

wife: Mary Elizabeth (Hershey) Swisher

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Gettysburg, Pennsylvania

Gettysburg Times – Mar 3, 1967

See down from this link:

https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=vkkmAAAAIBAJ&sjid=SP8FAAAAIBAJ&pg=1274%2C4869962
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Edna I Swisher Null
age 82

born: 25 Mar 1915
in Adams county

died: Mar 1997 Sunday
at daughters home
Jacqueline and Elwood Tiffany – Doughlassville
[Douglassville, Berks, Pennsylvania, USA]
with whom she resided

father: Calvin Swisher (late)
mother: Minnie Miller Swisher

husband: [Paul]

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Gettysburg, Adams, Pennsylvania
Gettysburg Times – Apr 1, 1997

https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=Hy4xAAAAIBAJ&sjid=COYFAAAAIBAJ&pg=3665%2C10181
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Minnie Mae Miller Swisher
age 92

born: Abt. 1873

died: Apr 1965 Monday night
at Hanover Gen Hospital

father: Henry F Miller
mother: Caroline (Weighle) Miller

husband: R Calvin Swisher (14 Sep 1936)

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Gettysburg, Adams, Pennslyvania

Gettysburg Times – Apr 20, 1965

See down from this link:

https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=qSwmAAAAIBAJ&sjid=H_4FAAAAIBAJ&pg=1030%2C858149
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