Although Adam Hacker was the first Hacker family member from Rußheim, Baden-Durlach (now Baden-Württemberg), Germany to immigrate to North America, he wasn’t the last.
Recently, I was going through Dauphin County Orphans Court books researching those of a specific surname. I was hoping to locate the family of a many times great grandmother. What I found was the maiden name of another many times great grandmother.
I’ve been researching and gathering information on John Jones of Philadelphia, because I think I may be descended from him. So, I’ve been searching through the Quaker meeting records on Ancestry, looking to document information that I’ve found in online forums. One of the items I’m searching for is the maiden name of John Jones Jr.’s wife. This post details the information I’ve found on the marriage of John Jones and Margaret Waterman in 1702.
I was finally able to review Harrisburg city directories to see when my great grandfather was living in the city. I hoped that they would narrow the window for his possible employment at the Aetna Explosives Company in Mt. Union, Pennsylvania. It didn’t narrow the timeframe nearly as much as I was hoping it would. […]
Last week I wrote a post about the September 1916 explosion at the Aetna Explosives Company’s factory in Mount Union, Pennsylvania. Following up with additional newspaper research, I found that this explosion wasn’t the first, nor was it the last. Here’s what I’ve been able to piece together regarding the history of this factory. 1 […]
A recent post on Vita Brevis explains the benefits of adding city directories to your go-to research sources.
Newspapers can be an invaluable source of historical information to put our ancestors’ lives in context. But they can also provide direct content, such as BDM—birth, death, marriage—dates, about our ancestors, too. I have found casual, social news about family, marriage announcements, death announcements, and obituaries in newspapers where they lived during the 19th and early […]
While writing this week’s 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks, I recalled a story my grandfather told me about an incident in his father’s life. With a little digging, I was able to discover more information about it.
As part of the 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks challenge, this week I’ve written about my great grandmother—Isabella Aiken (Smith) Hocker, the daughter of my Scottish ancestors William and Eliza Craig (Bonnington) Smith.
Daniel Bobb of Hereford Township wrote his last will and testament on Saturday, 26 May 1827 and it was proven on Tuesday, 19 March 1833 in Berks County. This post contains a transcription of his will, including his specific requests for the care of his wife by his son Daniel after his death.