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?
Genealogy fun & games: Two degrees of separation. How far back in time can I go with ancestors two degrees of separation from me?
My dogs are a big part of my life. I’ve lived with pets all my life. Thinking about that made me curious about whether or not dogs were a part of my ancestors’ lives.
I’ve been thinking about my ancestor Johann Adam Hacker’s emigration from Germany to Pennsylvania. Could he have been a Redemptioner?
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 […]