I’ve been working on A Hacker-Hocker Family recently and decided I needed to add flavor to the narrative. Unfortunately, while there are scads of information about historical events and personages, I wasn’t able to find much on the day-to-day lives of the common people—people like my ancestors. Until, however, I found this book.
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 […]
Timelines are a great way to gain perspective and understanding of the historical period in which your ancestor lived. GenealogyBank has posted a wonderful graphic showing early American colonial events […]
A recent post on Vita Brevis explains the benefits of adding city directories to your go-to research sources.
As part of the 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks challenge, this week I’ve written about my great grandmother—Lillian Witmer (Snyder) Greulich, the daughter of my ancestors Henry D. Snyder and Saraphine Kline Witmer of Montgomery County, Pennsylvania.
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, […]
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.