Researching select families from: Northampton County Pa; Bucks County, Pa; Sussex/Warren County, NJ
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Published: The Descendants of George Steckel and Mary Raub. Now available on for $49.95 in hardcover and $35.00 in softcover. Updated in February 2013.

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The book also includes the Peter Raub genealogy (Mary Raub's Grandfather) a small section of the Jacob Philip Steckel family of Bucks County, a small section on Peter Steckel of Lehigh County and Anthony Stackel of Lower Saucon Township.

The book contains information on the first person to receive a gambling license in Las Vegas, a member of the Philadelphia Yellowjackets, a precursor to today's Philadelphia Eagles, as well as one of the influentual people to get prostitution legalized in Nevada.

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Resources I use:
Pennsylvania Death Indexes:
Pennsylvania Marriages on Family Search
Northampton County, Pa, Residents for 1890
Archives for Morning Call, Allentown, PA (1984 - Present)
Find a grave website
Family Search Historical Records Collection (U.S.)
Reading Eagle Online
Partial Reading Eagle Obit Index

New Feature: Search Morning Call and Easton Express Obit Index online!!! Click Here!

New Feature: Search Easton Public Libary Church and Cemetery Books index, excluding WPA index, online: click here.

Easton Area Obituaries Resource:
Easton Library indexed obits in  Easton Express
The Express and Express Times Newspapers.  A big thanks to Jeanne C. Cheston and Sharon who headed the project.  It took her and several other volunteers 10 years to extract this information.
or down load my excel 2010 spreadsheet of the Easton Express (1900-2014) obits. Click here to download.

Easton Daily Free Press Online

Allentown Morning Call Obituaries index
Below are spreadsheets containing obituaries published in the Morning Call from 1895-1983

Bethlehem Globe Times Obituaries index:

Current book project: Descendants of William Gruver of Northampton County,Pa. (On Hold)
Status: Working on first draft, collecting information.
Indexing and footnoting entries in first draft.
Contact me if you have information to share in the book. Looking for family pictures to be published with book.
Publish Date: TBD.

Kay Ervine is working on updating the Brotzman family book, it has taken her many years to research and she is still working on gathering information. I have done some research for her and published a book on my branch of the Brotzman's. This is available on in paperback. This is only for Jacob Heinrich Brotzman branch of Northampton County. It's only a subset of Kay's research, but if you are looking for information on the family, it's a good place to start, until she can get her book ready. (Also available in e-book format)

Frankenfield Family in America Beginning August 24, 1749

The Frankenfield Reunion has plenty of copies of Alfreda Patton Davidson's Frankenfield Family in America. Order form can be found here.

Frankenfield Updates and Correction:
I'm currently working on the updates and corrections to Alfreda Patton Davidson's 2000 edition of the Frankenfield Family in America Beginning 1749, for the Frankenfield Reunion.

I have most of the research done for three branches of the family, Philip Frankenfield, the eldest son; Dorthy Frankenfield, wife of Conrad Hess; and John Leonard Frankenfield.

In 2014 I plan to finish John Henry Frankenfield, Adam Franknenfield and the two remaining daughters.

If you have questions, corrections or addtions to the current book please send them to me. It's Kevin at gi3 dot com.

Also looking for volunteers for research outside of Pennsylvania.

As it currently looks the book will be released in volumes starting in 2016. I have found a lot of information not contained in the book. It will not contain Alfreda's original research, it's only corrections and additions to her work.