Just how much does a surname’s spelling indicate familial relationships or lack thereof? I once had someone tell me that my Hockers of Dauphin County were not related to the Hackers of Lancaster County because the name was spelled differently—even though both spellings (and others) were used in documents in Lancaster County. Fortunately, in this […]
Names, dates, and places, as difficult as they can sometimes be to find, only tell a small fraction of the story of our German immigrant ancestors. The larger story is written in understanding their daily lives.
In the wake of the influenza epidemic of the early twentieth century, another mysterious illness swept ‘round the world. Between 1915 and 1926, more than five million people took ill with the disease. Nearly a third died as a result. The survivors were never the same. Yet, despite this, most of us have never heard of encephalitis lethargica. I hadn’t until I saw it listed on a death certificate. Just what is this mystery disease?
In my last post, I posited that John Weidman (1756-1830) could have been the son of Christopher3 Weidman (Martin2, Mathias1), but wasn’t the son of a member of President Buchanan’s direct family. Can we prove that he was (or wasn’t) the son of Christopher?
An issue recently came up in a Facebook group that I belong to for my Weidman surname. A fellow family researcher had found information that connected our Weidmans to President James Buchanan. I’ve never been terribly interested in making connections to famous persons in my family research. But this was new family information, so I decided to check it out.
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?