Jackson Reverdy Orrell – Second Genealogy Lesson

On Saturday, my Mom, Nora, and I travelled to Pennsylvania to see Reb, Sara, and Jackson.

It had been a little over 3 weeks since our last visit. He has really grown, now being about a week under 2 months old.

Naturally Grandpop had to give him another genealogy lesson. I told him about my troubles in finding his great great grandparents, Reverdy Lewin Orrell, Sr. and Mary (Martinek) Orrell in the 1930 Maryland census.

I must say, he listened well and was very interested in learning about how to search census records on line. I also told him about the ‘old’ days when you’ll have to go to a library or archives, check everything out by hand, locate the reel containing the enumeration distrcits, load onto the micro-film reader-printer, search for the image, and then waste money (generally 25 cents at a time) trying to print off a census image.

He laughed at that. “Boy, Grandpop, things have changed. Now all you do is log onto Ancestry.com, plug in the name, click the hyperlink to the image and pull it up on the monitor. Then you can print out the entire page, save the entire page to your computer. You can even crop the page to just the section you want. You don’t even have to leave the sofa.”

Finally he wanted to know some more about the research trips Uncle Bob and I have taken over the years. Here is one of the photos I took while telling him a few things that happened on one of those trips.


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