Census records are an invaluable source of information for family historians and genealogists. They are a go-to, record-of-choice for me when I start new research. However, they only occur every ten years. That leaves a lot of time uncovered. Even if you’re lucky and your research location includes state census records, there are still going […]
Have you ever had the experience of researching the information you found in a family genealogy book and discovering that it was wrong?
John Hocker’s listing in the 1785 Whitemarsh Township, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania tax list.
William Wingeard determined that there was a problem with establishing George Hocker Jr.’s date of death. In this post I will examine the conflicting data he found and explain what my subsequent research revealed.
Browseable images are available at FamilySearch.org for Pennsylvania Probate Records, 1683-1994. You can’t search them, but you can access index images for the various books for the county.
I just discovered that Maria Margaretha (Hager) Elser was the aunt of Hans Adam Hacker’s brother-in-law Lorentz Haushalter. My ancestor Hans Adam traveled to Pennsylvania on the same ship as Heinrich Mock and Johan Peter Elser, also of Rußheim. Heinrich Mock was Margaretha’s fiancée and Johan Peter Elser was her son. They all settled in […]
If you’ve been following my Huber/Hoover research, you may have seen me refer to some of them as “Byerland Hoovers.” Who were they? And why am I calling them the “Byerland Hoovers?” The Byerland Hoovers were the earliest Hoover families to appear in the Lancaster County tax records. They were all Mennonites who settled in […]
In rewriting the Hacker/Hocker genealogy, I’ve been trying to identify and make sense of the contemporary Fetter/Fehder/Feather/Vetter/Vehders living in the Warwick and Cocalico township in the late 1700s. There are at least two Henry Fetters that I need to clarify in the source data that I’ve found.
Jacob Huber was born circa 1698, and likely immigrated in 1717.1 He appears on tax records for Conestoga Township, Chester County from 1718 through 1725, settling on Pequea Creek on a tract of land in Conestoga and Martic Townships (now Pequea and Providence) which adjoined Ulrich Huber’s land. He warranted 105 acres.2 It was surveyed […]
I’m in the midst of rewriting the Hacker/Hocker family genealogy featuring the descendants of Christoph and Anna Margaretha (Jock) Hacker of Rußheim, Karlsruhe, Baden, Germany and Cocalico Township, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. And I need your help!