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 […]
A recent post on Vita Brevis explains the benefits of adding city directories to your go-to research sources.
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, too. I have found casual, social news about family, marriage announcements, death announcements, and obituaries in newspapers where they lived during the 19th and early […]
Was your ancestor too poor to trace them in historical records? Quick Tips over at Evidence Explained offers some insight and suggestions for searching for that elusive, not-too-wealthy ancestor.
My latest endeavor—An Index to Lancaster County, Pennsylvania Online Deeds, Book A-D, 1729-1760— has gone live at Amazon as a Kindle book.
I’ve been working on an index of the online Lancaster County deed books for a while now. And it’s taken significantly longer than I’d expected. Compiling the index didn’t take long. Formatting it, however, has taken ages.
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I’ve recently been following the Middletown PA Dauphin Co History Page on Facebook. Lots of good, historic photos of Middletown and it’s environs. Middletown Borough sits at the junction of Swatara Creek and the Susquehanna River, south and east of Harrisburg International Airport. It was founded in 1755 and incorporated in 1828.
The Census Bureau has created an interactive map that shows the geographic center of United States population as of each census, starting in 1790, through the last census (2010). The map also visually demonstrates the addition of states through the census years. IFRAMES not supported As you can see from the map, the American population […]