I’ve recently joined the genetic genealogy club. Mom and I both had our DNA tested through Ancestry DNA. My results just came in. You know how the television commercials show someone making a surprise discovery through their DNA? Surprise, you’re not German, you’re Scottish. Yeah, my results weren’t anything like that.
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?
Ruth O. “Kate” Hocker passed away Friday morning, the 12th of February, at her home in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Born on 22 August 1920 in Lescontes Mills, she was the daughter of Clyde L. Hoover and Nora M. Houdeshell. In 1941 she married William H. Hocker in Harrisburg, who predeceased her. She is survived by her children, grand children and two great grandchildren.
A Little Saturday Research Delight: Were Barbara Hocker, Daniel Smith, and Mary Ann Beinhower related? I decided to find out.
Genealogy fun & games: Two degrees of separation. How far back in time can I go with ancestors two degrees of separation from me?
My dogs are a big part of my life. I’ve lived with pets all my life. Thinking about that made me curious about whether or not dogs were a part of my ancestors’ lives.
I’ve been thinking about my ancestor Johann Adam Hacker’s emigration from Germany to Pennsylvania. Could he have been a Redemptioner?
Funny cake is a family tradition for Thanksgiving at our house. Sometimes we request it for Christmas, too. I had a question from a reader regarding an earlier post about funny cake. So, I pulled out the recipe and posted it here for you all to enjoy!
I’ve been data mining the Pennsylvania Death Certificates, 1906-1963 on Ancestry.com for records for Hockers (and Hackers). So far, I’ve compiled a collection of 691 death certificates for Hockers (male and female) and their children. Since genetic disease has been on my mind a lot lately, I thought it would be an interesting exercise to […]
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. […]