Thursday, February 16, 2017

TREASURE CHEST THURSDAY ~ Several obituaries for the BRIGHT Family of Pittsburgh, PA

BRIGHT_Elizabeth_death notice_ThePittsPress_27 Apr 1910_pg 16 BRIGHT_Catherine_Obit_ThePittsburghPress_8 Sep 1933_pg 44 BRIGHT_William C_death notice_ThePittsPress_25 Oct 1951_pg 47

It’s always a good day when you locate any record for your ancestor.  This week I’ve been working on my husband, Ron’s, paternal grandmother’s line.  The Bright family of Pennsylvania.

It had been several years since I’d looked at this particular family.  Since then, more records have come online and I now have a subscription, full access, to  I have found hundreds of obituaries, news articles, notices of probate, marriage announcements, military information, travel and visiting notices and more on this website.

Here’s what I located this morning.

Funeral/death notice for Elizabeth C. Eastland Bright, first wife of William C. Bright.  William is my husband’s great granduncle.


BRIGHT_Elizabeth_death notice_ThePittsPress_27 Apr 1910_pg 16

I notice that they are asking Detroit, Michigan papers to copy.  I believe that is because her son, Elmer Charles Bright had moved from Pennsylvania to Detroit.

Obituary for Catherine E. Sawert/Sewart Bright, 2nd wife of William C. Bright.

BRIGHT_Catherine_Obit_ThePittsburghPress_8 Sep 1933_pg 44

The article states that she will be buried at Homewood Cemetery, but she is actually buried at Greenwood Cemetery, Pittsburgh, Allegheny, Pennsylvania.

Obituary for William C. Bright.  William outlived both his wives, and was 94 at the time of his death.

BRIGHT_William C_death notice_ThePittsPress_25 Oct 1951_pg 47

I have the death certificates for all three of these family members.
It’s obvious from the obituaries that William and his wives were involved in the Masonic organization.  Perhaps I will be able to find more information about them through that source.  Although I’ve found the Masons to be pretty tight with the information they will share.
This is a good day for genealogy research.  I have added all these obituaries to my Legacy database.
NOTE:  When you locate any article on you have the option to clip that article, then view the clipping.  I do this every time.  When viewing the clipping you can then add the article directly to your Ancestry tree, which I also do.  The next thing I do is download or print the article to PDF.  I then convert it to JPG, which allows me a bit more editing freedom and then I add the image to Legacy.

I also use Genealogy Bank, although it doesn’t yield nearly as many hits for me as  And as far as Chronicling America, I have never located one single article.
Have you had luck finding newspaper articles on your family?  If so, from which site?  How often do you look at the newspaper websites.  I do so, almost daily.


New York Newspaper Links Online

Tuesday's Tip - More Detroit Newspapers Online

Happy hunting,
Michigan Girl

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  1. is a treasure trove if you have ancestors from Pittsburgh. As I noted on another blog recently, which online newspaper database you subscribe to all depends on where you are researching. I have found that GenealogyBank is pretty good for Massachusetts (Springfield and Boston) among other locations.

    1. You're right about that Elizabeth. I found more and wrote another post today, which I'm just about to publish. I seem to have a lot more luck on than Genealogy Bank. Unless I'm looking for San Diego papers, which is where I live. Then GB is great.
      Thanks for stopping by.


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