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Brian Minella

Geneaology
Mrs. Murphy
2/15/17

Dear Harry J. Myers,

I very much enjoyed the time spent researching into your familys past. I started in late
February and worked all the way to the start of April. I would like to thank you for allowing me
to do my research project on you and your family. With more time I would be able to find more
documents and proof into your familys history. Here is what I learned.

Here is the original question you gave me,Where was my grandfather. I started off with
gathering as much information as I could from you. Here is my notes from what information you
first gave me.

Client name.) Harry Myers.

Question.) Where was his grandfather born?

People and brief information-

Harry J Myers III. Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Harry J Myers Jr. Harrys father. / Birthday. Jan 3rd 1921 / Place of birth Philadelphia.

(Application for World War II compensation states that birth year was 1922 not 1921 the initial
year you gave me)

Mary Ann Martin. Harrys mother Year = 1941 or 1942 Date = August 26th

Harry J Myers. Harrys grandfather ( Subject of project )

( The initial grandmother you gave me was not married to Harry J Myers but instead a different
part of your family line. After viewing many censuses we found Edith Martin )

Edith Hesselpoth. Harrys grandmother


This information is the ground for the research part. We use everything we know to learn more. I
initially took the information you gave me and entered it into Familysearch1. The first things to
come up were many censuses. After going through and filtering them out I found two matches.
The 1930s and 1940s censuses, they are included below. Censuses are not primary sources but
what they do show is consistency. The 1940 census showed that Edith, the mother, answered all
the questions. This is a good because in some cases the child is the only one home to answer.
Edith would have a great understanding of where people would be born and their ages. What we
learn from the census is that theyre currently living in Philadelphia while raising their family.
They say in it that they are from the state Pennsylvania as well. While it only says the children
were born in Pennsylvania and not specifically Philadelphia, we soon learned through an
application for World War II compensation that Harry ( your father ) was born in Philadelphia.
We found this information off of ancestry2. This information of where he was born would go
along with the rest of the family because their household remains the same to the next census
showing they are remaining in one location.

Consistency is what most helps solve the question. Was your grandfather born in Philadelphia? I
am most certain he was. It is a common thing for people born in Philadelphia to remain in
Philadelphia. I have not found anything that suggest he was not. With more time more specific
documents can be revealed. I would like to thank you for allowing me to shed light on your
familys history. I hope what Ive found and given you has helped.

Sincerely, Brian

1 https://familysearch.org/

2 https://www.ancestry.com/
Harry Myers

United States Census, 1940

Name Harry Myers

Event Type Census

Event Date 1940

Event Place Ward 18, Philadelphia, Philadelphia City,


Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

Gender Male

Age 48

Marital Status Married

Race (Original) White

Race White

Relationship to Head of Household Head


(Original)

Relationship to Head of Household Head

Birthplace Pennsylvania

Birth Year (Estimated) 1892

Last Place of Residence Same Place

Household Role Sex Age Birthplace

Harry Myers Head M 48 Pennsylvania


Edith Myers Wife F 39 Pennsylvania
Blanche Myers Daughter F 19 Pennsylvania
Harry Myers Son M 18 Pennsylvania
Phyllis Myers Daughter F 17 Pennsylvania
Joseph Myers Son M 16 Pennsylvania
Johm Myers Son M 10 Pennsylvania
Joan Myers Daughter F 8 Pennsylvania

Citing this Record "United States Census, 1940," database with images, FamilySearch
(https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KQJW-JCB : accessed 28 March 2017), Harry Myers, Ward 18,
Philadelphia, Philadelphia City, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 51-293,
sheet 11B, line 42, family 226, Sixteenth Census of the United States, 1940, NARA digital publication T627.
Records of the Bureau of the Census, 1790 - 2007, RG 29. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records
Administration, 2012, roll 3696.-

Harry Myers
United States Census, 1930

Name Harry J Myers


Event Type Census

Event Date 1930

Event Place Philadelphia (Districts 0751-1000),


Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

Gender Male

Age 39

Marital Status Married

Race White

Race (Original) White

Relationship to Head of Household Head

Relationship to Head of Household Head


(Original)

Birth Year (Estimated) 1891

Birthplace Pennsylvania

Father's Birthplace Pennsylvania

Mother's Birthplace United States

This information above is from FamilySearch. I also searched ancestry and found a better
analysis about your grandfather in 1930.

Name: Harry J Myers


Birth Year: abt 1891
Gender: Male
Race: White
Birthplace: Pennsylvania
Marital Status: Married
Relation to Head of
Head
House:
Philadelphia, Philadelphia,
Home in 1930:
Pennsylvania
Map of Home: View Map
Ward of City: 31st
Block: 68th
House Number in
2218
Cities or Towns:
Dwelling Number: 47A
Family Number: 57A
Home Owned or
Rented
Rented:
Home Value: 12
Radio Set: No
Lives on Farm: No
Age at First Marriage: 25
Attended School: No
Able to Read and
Yes
Write:
Father's Birthplace: Pennsylvania
Mother's Birthplace: United States
Occupation: meter Reader
Industry: Phetoselphie Gas Co
Class of Worker: Wage or salary worker
Employment: Yes

Household Role Sex Age Birthplace

Harry J Myers Head M 39 Pennsylvania


Edith Myers Wife F 29 United States
Edith M Myers Daughter F 10 United States
Blanche A Myers Daughter F 9 United States
Harry J Myers Son M 8 United States
Phyllis M Myers Daughter F 7 United States
Joseph E Myers Son M 6 United States
John W Myers Son M 1 United States
Citing this Record
"United States Census, 1930," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XHW4-
VDX : accessed 22 March 2017), Harry J Myers, Philadelphia (Districts 0751-1000), Philadelphia, Pennsylvania,
United States; citing enumeration district (ED) ED 924, sheet 3B, line 62, family 57, NARA microfilm publication
T626 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 2002), roll 2115; FHL microfilm
2,341,849.
Source Information
Ancestry.com. Pennsylvania, Veteran Compensation Application Files, WWII, 1950-1966
[database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2015.

Original data: Pennsylvania (State). World War II Veterans Compensation Applications, circa
1950s. Records of the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, Record Group 19, Series
19.92 (877 cartons). Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, Harrisburg,
Pennsylvania.