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Patty (#46996553)
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Bio Photo My husband Rick Matthews lost his battle with lung cancer on Saturday, 2 Jul 2011. Please stop by and leave a note for him.

Rick and I were writing a book on the men of the 143rd PA Inf. and had located and photographed more than 1300 headstones of the 1526 men of that elite unit.

To honor my late husband, I will finish his book because it was so important to him that the men of the 143rd get the recognition they so richly deserve.

We appreciate the assistance of those who have helped us obtain photos from areas where we are not able to travel, and we return the favor by taking photos in our area for those who are unable to make it here to visit the graves of their ancestors. It's the next best thing to being there.

I have been doing genealogy for many years and run a free interactive genealogy group here in Luzerne Co., PA. We have more than 840 members from 14 countries on 4 continents, all with Luzerne Co., PA ancestors. Truly amazing!

You can find us at:

Also, check out the Wilkes-Barre Record Almanacs:

(The Almanacs were transcribed by members of The Courthouse Gang on Yahoo.)

Please note: No transfers will be made if they are not requested by using the EDIT tab or if they are members of my family.
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Elizabeth Shayne
Hi Patty,

Received your message, and I'm so sorry you've had so much trouble after your surgery...I've been told that shoulder surgery is among the worst. :( I hope the physical therapy is successful, and I'm looking forward to "talking" further with you. Take good care, Elizabeth
Added by Elizabeth Shayne on Apr 17, 2014 12:05 AM
Mary J Piazza
RE: Matthew Pollard
Thank you,Patty.
Added by Mary J Piazza on Mar 28, 2014 10:16 AM
Mary J Piazza
Matthew Pollard
Patty, thank you for everything you do. I am asking permission to add the picture of my grandparents stone to my family tree. I was a member of the courthouse gang site several years ago but got a new computer and a new email and lost contact.
I used to work with Mary Dysleski, I'm sure you know her from the Courthouse. I worked at E.W. Bilbow Abstract Co. and Mary was a searcher there back in the day.
Added by Mary J Piazza on Mar 27, 2014 4:36 PM
Floyd Raymond Ross (# 41932219)
Hello Patty,

Thanks so much for transferring Floyd's memorial. He is now linked with his parents and his information has been updated.

Kind regards,

Added by botheja on Feb 03, 2014 12:39 PM
Fred Ross (# 41931673)
Hi Patty,

Thanks so much for transferring Fred's memorial to me. I've updated his information and linked him to his parents and his wife.

I really appreciate your help as always. If not for you and the Courthouse Gang, my Luzerne county genealogy progress would be very poor to say the least!

Kind regards,

Added by botheja on Jan 28, 2014 9:15 AM
Lisa Winner Haas
Maud Hon
Thanks for tranferring Maud. Much appreciated!
Added by Lisa Winner Haas on Jan 19, 2014 9:32 PM
Joe Nihen
George Harlos
Hi Patty,

Thank you very much for the copy of the marriage certificate for George - very kind of you. I shall add this to the collection!

Happy New Year!

Added by Joe Nihen on Jan 02, 2014 6:32 PM
Elizabeth Shayne
RE: Forty Fort graves
Hi Patty,

I sent you a message the evening before your shoulder surgery,not sure you received it. My email is: I'm thrilled to be in contact with someone who knows about my ancestors! Hope you're all recovered and enjoying the Christmas season~Sincerely, Elizabeth
Added by Elizabeth Shayne on Dec 20, 2013 1:48 AM
RE: Photo permission
Thank you very much! Happy Thanksgiving to you. Gwen
Added by Gwen on Nov 26, 2013 2:27 PM
Photo permission
Hello Patty,
Would you mind if I use your photo of the Cedar Crest Cemetery sign on my family tree? Thanks for your consideration. Gwen
Added by Gwen on Nov 25, 2013 3:54 PM
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