Last week a highway construction worker in a small Pennsylvania town made a grim discovery with links to a deadly pandemic that killed millions around the globe nearly a century ago… According to the Pottsville Republican-Herald, approximately 17,000 residents in the region around Schuylkill Haven fell ill. Close to 1,500 of them died, leaving as many […]
Where did Philadelphian men go when they wanted to drink and socialize in the 1700s? This blog post—A Pinch of History: The Philadelphia Tavern— from the Historical Society of Pennsylvania seeks to answer that question.
On this last day of 2014, it’s time to take a look back. I don’t have specific goals for this website—other than to provide access to my family research. So, how did I do? In 2014, I wrote 63 new posts with most posts being written in January—April and July—September. May, June and December were […]
An Index to Lancaster County, Pennsylvania Online Deeds I’ve been working on a print version of my An Index to Lancaster County, Pennsylvania Online Deeds, Books A-D, 1729-1760. The proofing for the print format is almost complete. I want to review it one last time in hard copy, then it should be available for purchase through […]
I’ve been reading communion lists and calculating dates recently. Here are some of the days I saw that I had to look up. Easter (calendar) Quasimodo Sunday (aka “St. Thomas Sunday”): 1st Sunday after Easter Misericordia Sunday: 4th Sunday of Easter Cantate Sunday: 4th Sunday after Easter Rogate Sunday: 5th Sunday after Easter Pentecost (aka […]
Are you a fan of Scrivener? Do you use it for your writing projects? Would you be interested in using it to write your blog posts? Here’s an article discussing how to use Scrivener as a complete blogging system.
The site is going pink for breast cancer awareness month in honor of all those family members who are surviving breast cancer and those who have been lost.
Looking for some of the sources used in Our Daily Bread, German Village Life, 1500-1850, I found the Reviews in History website. While books reviews may not be an ideal source, I was able to pick up several nuggets of information from those I found.
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.
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 on an infographic entitled “Settling America.” Their blog post also lists newspapers in their Early American Newspaper collection, including newspapers from the late 17th and […]