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.
Based on research that I wrote about in Joseph Snyder (1826-1895)—Who’s Your Daddy?, The Greulich Farm, and Part II: The Greulich Farm, I’ve determined that Heinrich Snyder was the father of Joseph Snyder, my 3x great grandfather. Henry died intestate, but deed records state directly that Henry was the father of Joel, Joseph, Lucianna, and Sophia.1 The […]
In my last post about the Greulich farm, I compared the metes and bounds from two documents and determined that there was a significant overlap between the two tracts of land. In searching for a photo to use for the post, I found additional deeds. This post examines what I learned from those deeds.
Funny cake is a family tradition for Thanksgiving at our house. Sometimes we request it for Christmas, too. I had a question from a reader regarding an earlier post about funny cake. So, I pulled out the recipe and posted it here for you all to enjoy!
When I last wrote about Joseph Snyder, I was on the trail of his father and believed he was the same Henry Snyder whose mortgage indenture I had in my possession. In studying Snyder family deeds, I believe I’ve found proof of the connection.
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 […]