A healthy dose of skepticism can be a valuable tool in genealogy. It’s important to examine each record critically. It’s a lesson I’ve just had cause to remember, again.
Based on deed and last will & testament records, I was able to create a simple outline of the family. Now I want to flesh out Abraham Huber’s family a bit with information from census records. Follow along.
Will testing your DNA really tell you who you are? Or are the stories we find about our ancestors much more enlightening than the test tube?
A Little Saturday Research Delight: Were Barbara Hocker, Daniel Smith, and Mary Ann Beinhower related? I decided to find out.
In my last post, we learned that John and Christian Huber were tenants in common on a tract of land, containing about 55 acres. Abraham Huber purchased this land in 1892 from the Orphans Court, though John and Christian left wills. What, if anything, can those wills tell us about Abraham’s ancestry?
When you think of deeds you probably think of land transactions, right? So-and-so sold someone land in this place on that date. And why not? That’s what deeds are supposed to record. But there have been many times when I’ve been surprised by just what else deeds record. What can I learn about Abraham Huber’s (1847-1910) ancestry from a deed?
I’ve been thinking about my ancestor Johann Adam Hacker’s emigration from Germany to Pennsylvania. Could he have been a Redemptioner?
In a previous post, I wrote about the problem of determining how many Henry Hoovers there were in Martic Township. In this post, I plan to go into more detail on how I used deeds and other records to distinguish between multiple men of the same name who lived in the same area at the same time.
Based on research that I wrote about in Joseph Snyder (1826-1895)—Who’s Your Daddy?, The Greulich Farm, and Part II: The Greulich Farm, I’ve determined that Heinrich Snyder was the father of Joseph Snyder, my 3x great grandfather. Henry died intestate, but deed records state directly that Henry was the father of Joel, Joseph, Lucianna, and Sophia.1 The […]
In my last post about the Greulich farm, I compared the metes and bounds from two documents and determined that there was a significant overlap between the two tracts of land. In searching for a photo to use for the post, I found additional deeds. This post examines what I learned from those deeds.