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 […]
Timelines are a great way to gain perspective and understanding of the historical period in which your ancestor lived. GenealogyBank has posted a wonderful graphic showing early American colonial events on an infographic entitled “Settling America.” Their blog post also lists newspapers in their Early American Newspaper collection, including newspapers from the late 17th and […]
Newspapers can be an invaluable source of historical information to put our ancestors’ lives in context. But they can also provide direct content, such as BDM—birth, death, marriage—dates, about our ancestors, too. I have found casual, social news about family, marriage announcements, death announcements, and obituaries in newspapers where they lived during the 19th and early […]
I came across a newspaper article entitled “Hocker Family Meets in Reunion” from the Harrisburg Patriot about the first annual Hocker family reunion that was held 7 September 1911 in Reservoir Park, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. This article mentions a number of Hocker family members—most of whom I immediately recognized. But there were several names that I didn’t know. I decided to do a little research to find out who they were.
I was scanning some gravestone photos the other day to add to Findagrave and became intrigued with two—Mary Ann Hocker and Solomon Hocker—that I had photographed, but that didn’t ring any bells. Additional information from two atypical sources helped to identify the parentage of Mary Ann Hocker.
Newspapers are a wonderful resource for finding not only the genealogical date, but the also the details that make a person’s life colorful. This week’s find is a marriage announcement for Trusten P. Drake and Alice Hocker of Leesburg, Florda.
Almost 100 years ago on March 25th a factory fire in New York claimed 146 lives. The fire led to changes building codes, labors laws, union formations and politics. Now the final six unidentified victims have been identified.
157 years ago Edward J. Witmer, son of John and Rachael (Jones) Witmer, married Lydia Amanda Kline, daughter of Philip and Lydia (Markly) Kline.