“Back in the day” census research from microfilm at the local NARA office
Now that FamilySearch has starting making Pennsylvania deed books available online, I was able to search for Jacob Wolf of Allentown in the indices. And guess what I found? The names of Jacob’s children.
A photo of the 1926 Pennsburg High School football team from the scrapbook. Do you recognize anyone?
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You know I love deeds. I’ve been haunting the FamilySearch catalog watching and waiting for them to add microfilm of county deeds online. Several of my counties of interest are now available!
I last wrote about an AncestryDNA match who was a possible cousin through Jacob and Catharine (___) Snyder and Jacob and Magdalena (Brey) Wolf. This post is about what I learned by mining our Shared Matches.
According to Ancestry, I have 363 DNA matches who are 4th cousins or closer. Parsing through them all to identify where we match is no small undertaking. However, sometimes it pays to spend the time building out a match’s family tree.
One of the most common difficulties in researching your family is the common, repetitive use of given names in families. This can not only make it difficult to correctly identify men of the same name. This is a situation that I’ve run into in my Landis family.
My 4x great grandmother, Molly (Landis) Hocker, had a short life, but left behind two children, including my 3x great grandfather Levi.
As I reported last year in “A Beautiful Circle,” I am a member of both the Philip Hoover and Hannah Thomas circles on AncestryDNA™. I decided to see if I could find additional evidence of the connection through my other Ancestry matches.