William Bonnington, my four times great grandfather, was born about 1816 most likely in Bowden, Roxburghshire, Scotland.1 He was the son of Robert and Agnes (Inglis) Bonnington.2 He died 11 June 1885 in his brother’s house in Bowden.3 About 1838, he married Margaret Purves4 (or Fairborn).5 She was born about 1821 and died between 1844 […]
This week’s 52 Ancestors in 52 weeks posts features my three times great grandfather, James Smith, of Whitburn Parish in Linlithgow, Scotland.
I’m looking at my 3x great grandfather Jefferson Force for this installment of my 52 ancestors in 52 weeks.
I’ve written extensively about my ancestor Christian Hoover and the search for his family. Now that I’ve got another piece of evidence that his parents were Philip Hoover and Hannah Thomas, I thought I’d write about them.
For week five of my 52 Ancestors in 52 weeks, I’m focusing on Jacob Walter. Just what do I know about Elizabeth (Walter) Frantz’s family?
For week four of my 52 Ancestors in 52 weeks, I’m focusing on Michael Frantz Jr. I’ve written about his parents and presumed grandparents, but what do I know about him?
How many interfamily marriages do you have in your genealogy database? I currently have 79 couples. Just an interesting fun fact, right? Not so fast. Interfamily marriage is defined as marriage between people with common ancestors, aka cousin marriage, and this is how pedigree collapse occurs. Pedigree Collapse What is pedigree collapse, you ask. If […]
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.
I was finally able to review Harrisburg city directories to see when my great grandfather was living in the city. I hoped that they would narrow the window for his possible employment at the Aetna Explosives Company in Mt. Union, Pennsylvania. It didn’t narrow the timeframe nearly as much as I was hoping it would. […]
As part of the 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks challenge, this week I’ve written about my great grandmother—Isabella Aiken (Smith) Hocker, the daughter of my Scottish ancestors William and Eliza Craig (Bonnington) Smith.