I was kind of excited when I first found an entry for Christopher Hocker on Find A Grave. Uncle Bill determined through his research that Christopher, son of Adam Hacker, settled in Lycoming County. Could this entry give us a death date and burial place for him?
In 1831 William L. Breton painted a water color, entitled “The Hocker Farm.”1 Breton was an Englishman, a self-made artist of the nineteenth century who painted Philadelphian scenes.2 The question, I have, is whose farm was this? Johann George Hocker, the immigrant, moved his family to Whitemarsh Township about 1763. He died in 1821 and […]
I’ve never actually put my memories of September 9, 2001 down in words. While it’s not a day that I actively try to forget, it’s not one I like to remember either. But…I’ll never forget.
Randy Seaver over at Genea-Musings has a weekly blog meme called Saturday Night Genealogy Fun. This week’s challenge is to determine the surname count in your family tree database. Wanna guess what my #1 surname will be?
If you’ve been following along with my research through the years, you know that I’ve been determined to identify the ancestry of my 3x great grandfather Christian Hoover. I finally found one more piece of evidence linking him to Philip and Hannah (Thomas) Hoover of Armstrong County, Pennsylvania.
Disheartened. Found that someone pirated my ebooks and made them available online for free download.
Just how much does a surname’s spelling indicate familial relationships or lack thereof? I once had someone tell me that my Hockers of Dauphin County were not related to the Hackers of Lancaster County because the name was spelled differently—even though both spellings (and others) were used in documents in Lancaster County. Fortunately, in this […]
Ever wondered what the menu item called “collections” was all about? Here’s what it means to me and why it’s up there in the menu.
Names, dates, and places, as difficult as they can sometimes be to find, only tell a small fraction of the story of our German immigrant ancestors. The larger story is written in understanding their daily lives.
I’ve recently joined the genetic genealogy club. Mom and I both had our DNA tested through Ancestry DNA. My results just came in. You know how the television commercials show someone making a surprise discovery through their DNA? Surprise, you’re not German, you’re Scottish. Yeah, my results weren’t anything like that.