When you think of deeds you probably think of land transactions, right? So-and-so sold someone land in this place on that date. And why not? That’s what deeds are supposed to record. But there have been many times when I’ve been surprised by just what else deeds record. What can I learn about Abraham Huber’s (1847-1910) ancestry from a deed?
In a previous post, I wrote about the problem of determining how many Henry Hoovers there were in Martic Township. In this post, I plan to go into more detail on how I used deeds and other records to distinguish between multiple men of the same name who lived in the same area at the same time.
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 […]
From Peter Taborelli’s Footsteps of History
John Frantz of Manor Township wrote his last will and testament on 3 March 1786 when he was “old but of sound understanding & memory.” It was proven on 10 February 1787 when letters testamentary were issued to his “friend” Jacob Brubaker and “son” Jacob Frantz, his executors. Here’s a transcript.
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.
The next installment of the Along the Pequea series features Henry Line’s 218-acre tract on the Pequea in Conestoga and Martic townships.
In my last post, I reported that based on deed research Michael Frantz of Londonderry and Lower Paxton townships was the son of Hans and Catharina Frantz of Manor Township. When Michael died two men—Jacob Frantz of Manor and Christian Frantz of Manheim—were the administrators of his estate and guardians of his underage children. Were they Michael’s brothers?