I’m recently back from a trip to Pennsylvania—well, okay, not recently, but close enough—and I thought I’d share some of what I learned. I spent some time at the Pennsylvania State Archives in Harrisburg. Mostly, I looked up and copied Hoover Family deeds from Fayette, Armstrong, Westmoreland, Washington and Greene counties, but I also looked […]

This extraction is taken from the last will and testament of George Hocker (1794—1873). The will was dated 13 Sep 1783 and probated 14 Nov 1873. 1 George HOCKER devised as follows: “#1 To my widow Catharine, all household and kitchen furniture in the house, except what belongs to daughter. Margaret and son George, she […]

According to my grandfather’s research, his ancestor Charles (Karl) Philipp Greulich’s step-brother (or maybe half-brother) Philipp Peter Greulich, who remained in Haag after Charles emigrated from Germany to the U.S., never married and never had any children. Imagine my surprise when a half-hearted search on FamilySearch.org found in the IGI for Germany a marriage in […]

I’m seeking information on the family of Jacob and Sarah (___) Hacker of Lancaster county, Pennsylvania. They are another of my loose ends. I’d like to figure out where they fit in the Hacker/Hocker family. Any help would be appreciated. Jacob K./R.Hacker was born 26 Aug 1838 and died 16 Feb 1906. He was buried […]

I’m looking for information on my Smith family relatives—William Smith (1892—?), aka John Norwood, and James Smith (1885—1905?). Nothing like setting yourself difficult task, I know. Please help!

The family of Joseph and Susanna (___) Hacker is another of my loose ends/brick walls. I don’t know much about them, but I’m wondering if this Joseph is the one baptized on 21 Jul 1816 in St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, Shaefferstown, Lebanon county, Pennsylvania. If so, that would make him the child of George and […]