In the wake of the influenza epidemic of the early twentieth century, another mysterious illness swept ‘round the world. Between 1915 and 1926, more than five million people took ill with the disease. Nearly a third died as a result. The survivors were never the same. Yet, despite this, most of us have never heard of encephalitis lethargica. I hadn’t until I saw it listed on a death certificate. Just what is this mystery disease?
I recently decided to have my DNA tested at Ancestry. Since you really can’t get anything worthwhile out of it without being able to match family trees with your match, I decided to go ahead build a tree at Ancestry. Here’s my experience.
I’ve been using the Pennsylvania and New Jersey, Church and Town Records, 1708-1985 to locate records for my ancestors. I keep running into the same error in the index for some of these records—specifically the early baptismal records for Emanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church, also known as the Warwick Congregation in the 18th century. Here’s an […]
I went looking to rent some films from FamilySearch for some research I’m doing. I discovered that images from the very films I need are available online! Each of those camera icons indicate that that particular microfilm is available for online viewing. Although the images aren’t indexed, they’re no more difficult to use than the microfilm […]
In my last post, I posited that John Weidman (1756-1830) could have been the son of Christopher3 Weidman (Martin2, Mathias1), but wasn’t the son of a member of President Buchanan’s direct family. Can we prove that he was (or wasn’t) the son of Christopher?
An issue recently came up in a Facebook group that I belong to for my Weidman surname. A fellow family researcher had found information that connected our Weidmans to President James Buchanan. I’ve never been terribly interested in making connections to famous persons in my family research. But this was new family information, so I decided to check it out.
I’ve written before about the importance of citing your sources. But when you’re writing a blog post creating footnotes can be a bit of a problem. If you’re posting to a self-hosted WordPress blog, however, there is a simple solution.
The next Lancaster County, PA Online Deeds Indexes Book, covering deed books I through M, is going through its last review. Hoping to have it available for purchase very soon.
So, Randy Seaver’s Saturday Night fun challenge was to create a color-coded ancestral birthplace chart. This chart has been popping up all over the genea-blogosphere in recent days and it seemed like a fun idea. I decided to play along, too. The majority of my ancestors were born and lived in Pennsylvania from their arrival in the […]
Have you ever wondered what is included in an intestate probate record? Part Five of Vita Brevis’ probate record series starts their coverage of intestate records.