Saraphine Witmer’s Reformed Church confirmation certificate from 14 Apr 1878.
In genealogical research we are told to “research the relatives, neighbors, and associates” of our family member in order to learn more about them and hopefully take our family line back another generation. However, when does an apparent series of coincidences become a connection?
Gravestone image for Reverend Caius Frederic Sophus Waage (17 Aug 1797—23 Aug 1884) at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church Cemetery, Pennsburg, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania
Jacob and Anna Maria (___) Hoover both died in German Township, Fayette County, Pennsylvania in 1800 and 1808, respectively. Their children can not be found in the township after 1816. Where did they go?
I just recently got the death certificate for the last of my direct ancestors who died after 1906—the year Pennsylvania started registering births and deaths at the state level, as opposed to the county level. Her name was Judith (Deysher) Snyder.
Researching an individual is particularly difficult when they have a common name. It is even more difficult if there is more than one person of the same name in the same general location at apparently the same time. Such is the case with Christian Hoover of Hempfield Township, Lancaster County.
An examination of Martic Township, Lancaster County tax lists available for the years 1751 through 1772 shows the following Hoovers in the township.
George Hoober of Mount Pleasant Township, York County, Pennsylvania signed his will on 21 Oct 1772; it was proven on 2 Feb 1775. He named his son John and friend George Fisher as his executors. In the document he also named his wife Barbara, daughter Barbara wife of Conrad Staly, and “my three grandchildren of Jacob Hoober Deceased.” This is a transcription of the full will.
John Huber of Cocalico Township, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania wrote his will 6 Oct 1792; it was proven 15 Dec 1792. He named his friends Henry Hershberger and John Bechtol his executors. This is a transcription of his will.
Abstracts are an invaluable source of information for genealogical research. They allow you to compile more information in less time across multiple family lines. But if they include ambiguously worded or incorrect information, they can also cause confusion.