I’ve recently been following the Middletown PA Dauphin Co History Page on Facebook. Lots of good, historic photos of Middletown and it’s environs. Middletown Borough sits at the junction of Swatara Creek and the Susquehanna River, south and east of Harrisburg International Airport. It was founded in 1755 and incorporated in 1828.
The Census Bureau has created an interactive map that shows the geographic center of United States population as of each census, starting in 1790, through the last census (2010). The map also visually demonstrates the addition of states through the census years. IFRAMES not supported As you can see from the map, the American population […]
My 3x great-grandfather Joel Wolf died 18 November 1895 in Allentown, Lehigh County, Pennsylvania. He was 85 years, 5 months and 24 days old.
Last week I wrote about Joseph Snyder and my search for his father. This week I’m turning my attention to his father-in-law, Peter Deischer of Hereford Township, Berks County, Pennsylvania.
For the longest time my Snyder family research has been stuck at my 3x great grandfather Joseph Snyder. According to his gravestone, he was born 2 January 1826 and died 4 November 1895 at the age of 68 years, 10 months and 2 days.1 I’ve found him in census records from 1850 through 1880, the […]
My 3x great-grandfather Levi Hocker was born on 17 January 1824, most likely in Swatara Township, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania. His life came to a sad and mysterious end on 31 October 1876.
Amongst my grandfather Greulich’s things, I found the following newspaper clipping I believe it’s from the the Town and Country. It reads: Another Four-Generation Group Of This Section Witmer-Kline-Snyder-Greulich Freundschaft The above illustration represents another four-generation group of a widely-known family — the Witmer-Kline-Snyder-Greulich freundschaft, of which the oldest, Edward J. Witmer, has died since […]
I’ve heard family stories about an ancestor who fought on both sides during the Civil War, but I didn’t really believe it. Two brothers fighting on opposite sides? Yeah, okay. But one man fighting for both sides over the course of the war? Seemed a little far-fetched. And yet, I think that’s exactly what my great great grandfather James Benjamin Houdeshell did.
For some reason, I’ve been thinking about my great grandmother Nora (Houdeshell) Hoover a lot recently. I never had a chance to meet her, but from the few stories I’ve heard, I think I would have loved her. So, I thought I’d start my 52 Ancestors series writing about her.
Can a writing challenge spur me to research and write about an ancestor a week—every week—for 2014?