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.
Recently, I was going through Dauphin County Orphans Court books researching those of a specific surname. I was hoping to locate the family of a many times great grandmother. What I found was the maiden name of another many times great grandmother.
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 […]
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 researching and gathering information on John Jones of Philadelphia, because I think I may be descended from him. So, I’ve been searching through the Quaker meeting records on Ancestry, looking to document information that I’ve found in online forums. One of the items I’m searching for is the maiden name of John Jones Jr.’s wife. This post details the information I’ve found on the marriage of John Jones and Margaret Waterman in 1702.
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 […]
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. […]
Last week I wrote a post about the September 1916 explosion at the Aetna Explosives Company’s factory in Mount Union, Pennsylvania. Following up with additional newspaper research, I found that this explosion wasn’t the first, nor was it the last. Here’s what I’ve been able to piece together regarding the history of this factory. 1 […]
As part of the 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks challenge, this week I’ve written about my great grandmother—Lillian Witmer (Snyder) Greulich, the daughter of my ancestors Henry D. Snyder and Saraphine Kline Witmer of Montgomery County, Pennsylvania.