Thanks to Randy Seaver’s geneablog round-up, I read a great article that illustrates how to find your ancestor’s origins using deeds in conjunction with other records. If you’re stuck for ideas, deeds and other land records can be a great source of information.
Have an ancestor who was born before 1910 or died in Missouri? Check out the “Missouri Birth and Death Records” collection at Missouri Digital Heritage. I found death certificates for several of my Hockers.
Newspapers are a wonderful resource for finding not only the genealogical date, but the also the details that make a person’s life colorful. This week’s find is a marriage announcement for Trusten P. Drake and Alice Hocker of Leesburg, Florda.
Information on the formation of Pennsylvania counties and their townships.
Census records are an invaluable source of information for family historians and genealogists. They are a go-to, record-of-choice for me when I start new research. However, they only occur every ten years. That leaves a lot of time uncovered. Even if you’re lucky and your research location includes state census records, there are still going […]
I’ve been working on the Philadelphia Hocker branch of the family for my book A Hacker/Hocker Family recently. Learning about “Mapping West Philadelphia: Landowners in October 1777” was a fantastic find!
Browseable images are available at FamilySearch.org for Pennsylvania Probate Records, 1683-1994. You can’t search them, but you can access index images for the various books for the county.
Top 10 causes of death in 1900 and in 2010. Very interesting to note the difference and the similarities.
If you’ve read my blog, you’ll know that I use land records—a lot! I’ve mentioned warrants, patents and deeds in a number of posts. They’re some of my favorite record groups. And best of all, depending on where your ancestor lived, the records may be available online for free. This blog post is going to explain how to use the land records available online at the PA State Archives.