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For those researching their roots in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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Latest Activity: Oct 26, 2021

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New Surname Query Forum

Started by Lower Bucks Genealogists Sep 27, 2016. 0 Replies

Wormer in Germantown

Started by K Hill. Last reply by K Hill Jan 1, 2013. 2 Replies

Lower Bucks Genealogy Club Meeting

Started by Lower Bucks Genealogists May 7, 2012. 0 Replies

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Comment by Myo on October 26, 2021 at 3:22pm

Is this group still active?

Comment by Lower Bucks Genealogists on September 27, 2016 at 8:22am

Welcome to our new Surnames Forum Page! This is a place to post your genealogy queries. We will be linking to Facebook and Twitter regularly, so we hope to get a lot of traffic and participation! We're very excited to bring this new service to you!

Comment by Lower Bucks Genealogists on May 23, 2015 at 3:54pm

Our 2nd Annual International Day is fast approaching! We hope to see you there!

This meeting is Free and open to the Public.

Saturday, June 13, 2015 – 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Team Toyota Scion Service Center
407 East Lincoln Highway
2nd Floor Community Conference Room
Langhorne, PA. 19047

What can you expect?

• Mandee Kuenzle from ‘Vignettes by MKB’ will be there taking orders. Mandee was profiled in the Bucks County Courier Times a few weeks ago. If you haven’t stopped by Mandee’s page, be sure to do so and see what she can do! If you are so inclined, bring Mandee a heritage photo that can be scanned or email one to her!
• Learn what Genealogical Resources are available in the United Kingdom.
• Learn what Genealogical Resources are available in France.
• Meet other Family History enthusiasts!

Please RSVP at the Club email: An accurate headcount is to ensure we have enough handouts for everyone.

Looking forward to seeing everyone!!! Invitation

Comment by Daniel Joseph Teitelbaum on January 1, 2013 at 6:55pm

Thank you so much Barbara. I did find the marriage record of Benj. and Maria: in Tohickon Church in Bucks County. There are several generations documented of Flucks, but Benj. Ferrell is the first. In subsequent records he's in Bucks, in different townships: Hilltown, Doylestown, Bedminster, and once or twice in Philadelphia. He is buried in Leverington Cemetery in Roxborough. I am wondering if his death return has any parents' names...? 

Thanks again for your help. I'll try to leave no stone unturned. Dan

Comment by Barbara Gallagher on January 1, 2013 at 6:07pm

Daniel- I would start by contacting the Pennsylvania German Society and inquiring about any spelling variation of the Ferrell name as well as how it would appear when written by someone speaking German. I would then pursue the church record books that exist for that time and locality. Many are now on Ancestry (I see you are a member) for Pennsylvania. I looked at the Bucks County Trinity United Church of Christ in Pleasant Valley. If this location makes sense for your Fluck family, there are many Fluck family members there during this time period and possibly you will find the marriage record and an alternate spelling for Ferrell. I also think you should check to be sure the name is not recorded as Anna Maria Fluck or Johann Benjamin Ferrell. German naming conventions are a bit interesting. Do not rely on the Ancestry transcriptions as they are terrible and incomplete for these records but the actual image may be clearer to you. After some practice, you will get better at reading the German script as these are mostly in German. There are handwriting and German genealogy books for helping with this as well. Start collecting every variation of spelling you can find so you can search immigration records where your Benjamin may have used his original German name spelling. The good news is that Philadelphia was paranoid about the German immigration volume and documented their arrival better than most other groups as well as having them swear an oath upon arrival. For this time period, I have found the religious affiliation and records to be the most valuable in tracking this group.

Comment by Daniel Joseph Teitelbaum on January 1, 2013 at 4:33pm

I know I may have already posted this question, but I will try again, just in case. I descend from Benjamin Ferrell (Farrell), b. 1785 in Bucks County. Benjamin's sons moved to Philadelphia (Roxborough). Benjamin was married to Maria Fluck. It is reported that Maria died sometime around 1850 because there is no record of her in any of the censuses listing all family members. I have had NO success in finding any of Benjamin (d. 1871)'s ancestors. Ideally I would like to trace the Ferrell (Farrell) family back to Germany (which is where I think they come from. We were always under the impression that the Farrell family came from Ireland (O'Farrell), not having known that Farrell, in our case derived from Ferrell, a more Pa-Dutch sounding name. Any help would be most appreciated. Thank you! Dan Teitelbaum

Comment by Mary Beth on March 8, 2012 at 4:39pm

Hi Deborah.  Thank you.  I found him on the PA death indices.

Comment by Deborah Weeks on March 8, 2012 at 7:34am

Mary Beth,

I searched the Ancestry City Directory Beta pages and see a Reuben Martin at 604 Fairmount in 1935.  The next one they have is in 1950 and Reuben is not there.  Hope this helps.

Comment by Jan Burke on March 7, 2012 at 3:08pm

Hello!  Mary Kinch, I have some more info on John Kinch, who married one of my grandmother's aunts.  I will send it to you. Atwood and Kinch was a shoe manufacturing factory in Philadelphia.  Elbert was at least a third-generation shoemaker.  Atwood was probably Gilbert Atwood, who married Elbert R. Kinch's sister, Sarah Kinch.  (Sarah later ran a boardinghouse on Main St in Philadelphia.)  Elbert was a Civil War veteran.  Gilbert Atwood's family immigrated to the U.S. from Nova Scotia.  I have much more, but I will send privately.  You may already have most of this, but if not, hope this helps.

Comment by Michelle Beretsky on January 29, 2012 at 2:39pm

Researching my McNulty's of Philadelphia, lived in the North section. 


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