One of the most common difficulties in researching your family is the common, repetitive use of given names in families. This can not only make it difficult to correctly identify men of the same name. This is a situation that I’ve run into in my Landis family.
For week five of my 52 Ancestors in 52 weeks, I’m focusing on Jacob Walter. Just what do I know about Elizabeth (Walter) Frantz’s family?
If you’ve been doing genealogy for a while, I’m sure you’ve come across lists. Yeah, those pesky records that are little more than a laundry list of names. Just what can you learn from them? Quite a lot, actually.
The Lancaster County (Pennsylvania) Archives has a great list of indices to their records. Have you checked it out lately?
The Lancaster County Recorder of Deeds has made available a new online deed e-film reader. Not only can you view the deeds online, but you can also search the deed indices by name. You will be asked to login, but you can simply login as a guest by clicking a button. The e-film reader will […]
I examined records from Lancaster County for Hans Georg and Anna Maria and records in Blankenloch for Georg and his three marriages. Yet, I don’t have proof regarding the identity of the immigrant. Was he the father or the son?
Recently, I’ve been looking into Hans George Huber and his wife Anna Maria Hooß. For no other reason than that he’s a Huber and his children share some of the same given names as my ancestor Michael Huber’s children. It’s a long shot, but I figured it was worth a little research. Here’s what I found out.
Just how much does a surname’s spelling indicate familial relationships or lack thereof? I once had someone tell me that my Hockers of Dauphin County were not related to the Hackers of Lancaster County because the name was spelled differently—even though both spellings (and others) were used in documents in Lancaster County. Fortunately, in this […]
I’ve been using the Pennsylvania and New Jersey, Church and Town Records, 1708-1985 to locate records for my ancestors. I keep running into the same error in the index for some of these records—specifically the early baptismal records for Emanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church, also known as the Warwick Congregation in the 18th century. Here’s an […]
In my last post, I posited that John Weidman (1756-1830) could have been the son of Christopher3 Weidman (Martin2, Mathias1), but wasn’t the son of a member of President Buchanan’s direct family. Can we prove that he was (or wasn’t) the son of Christopher?