My family history site is a work in progress. Documents and images are all linked to individuals as well as being grouped in topical albums (birth, marriage, death, etc.) My grandparents are the starting point. Click on the links under "Feature Articles" to the right to see fan charts showing their ancestors.

A word about the menu on the left--

To find a specific individual or family, use the Search and Surnames functions. If you know what you are looking for--a birth certificate or a family bible--it may be easier to go directly to "Albums". As I post documents and images, I am placing them in albums to make them easier to find. So, "Documents" refers to a much more general category of media, including vital records, wills, newspaper articles, etc., but I will make a specific album for each type of document as I import it.

Last updated March 20, 2021

Feature Articles

feature 1 Samuel Buyer
My father's dad, Samuel Buyer, was born in New York City in 1874. He was a merchant and the son of Louise Stein and Edward Buyer, immigrants from Bohemia in the 1860s. Louise was the daughter of Samson Stein and Elisabeth Grunbaum of Ceradice, Zatecky, Bohemia. Edward Buyer, originally Bayer, was the son of Samuel Bayer and Theresa Feldman of Kasejovice, Prachensky, Bohemia.

feature 2 Edith Selma Michael
My dad's mother, Edith Michael, was a school physician and psychiatrist, born in New York City in 1894, the daughter of Annie Hamerschlag and Bernard Michael, a printer. Annie's parents William Hamerschlag and Fannie Brummel came from Bohemia in the 1860's. Bernard's parents Solomon Michael and Esther Abrahams came from Wreschen, Posen, Prussia, around 1850.

Sam and Edith were married at the 86th Street Temple in New York in 1920.

feature 3 Mary Chambers Hunter
My mother's mother, Mary Chambers Hunter, was born in Oakmont, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, in 1894, the daughter of John Porter Hunter, City Solicitor of Pittsburgh, and Mary Hannah Agnew. John's father Thomas Armstrong Hunter came from County Tyrone, Ireland, around 1850. His mother Sarah Porter was born in Allegheny County of Irish parents. Mary Hannah Agnew's parents were John Agnew, grandson of Robert Agnew who emigrated from County Antrim in 1757, and Mary Ann Chambers, born at sea on her way to America from County Armagh, Ireland, in 1820. The Agnew and Chambers families were glass manufacturers.

feature 4 Hugh Douglas Stier
My mother's father, Hugh Douglas Stier (known as Douglas), a sales manager, was born in Perryman, Harford County, Maryland, in 1893, the son of Jay Hugh Stier from New Market, Frederick County, Maryland, and Lily Powell Patterson of Perryman. Jay's parents were Hamilton Stier and Achsah Barbour of New Market. Lily's parents were Frederick Ethelred Patterson of Perryman and Olivia Clagett Powell of Middleburg, Loudoun County, Virginia. They were descendants of colonial families of Maryland and Virginia.

Doug and Mary were married in Pittsburgh in 1919.

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