How much of your family tree have you identified? If you and/or your DNA match haven’t built out your family trees, how can confident can you be in determining your most recent common ancestor?
An example of a 19th century needlepoint sampler circa 1852 by Amanda Deischer of Hereford Township, Berks County, Pennsylvania.
A funny thing happened as I researched the pedigrees of my Snyder Shared Matches. A specific surname kept showing up… and it wasn’t Snyder.
Ever since I discovered that Heinrich Schneider (aka Henry Snyder) of Upper Hanover Township, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania was the father of my 3x great grandfather Joseph Snyder, I’ve been on a mission to trace the family back further. I think I’m getting closer.
In my last post, I posited that John Weidman (1756-1830) could have been the son of Christopher3 Weidman (Martin2, Mathias1), but wasn’t the son of a member of President Buchanan’s direct family. Can we prove that he was (or wasn’t) the son of Christopher?
An issue recently came up in a Facebook group that I belong to for my Weidman surname. A fellow family researcher had found information that connected our Weidmans to President James Buchanan. I’ve never been terribly interested in making connections to famous persons in my family research. But this was new family information, so I decided to check it out.
A healthy dose of skepticism can be a valuable tool in genealogy. It’s important to examine each record critically. It’s a lesson I’ve just had cause to remember, again.
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.
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.
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.