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.
When I last wrote about Joseph Snyder, I was on the trail of his father and believed he was the same Henry Snyder whose mortgage indenture I had in my possession. In studying Snyder family deeds, I believe I’ve found proof of the connection.
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. […]