In my last post I wrote about the brick wall in my family tree that got me hooked on genealogy – a brick wall that remains today, over a decade after I first encountered it. Today I’m going to talk a bit about a brick wall that I was very pleased to see crumble years… Continue reading A Brick Wall Down: Jacob Wilson’s Parents
All I know about Emma's life comes from exactly one document: the 1900 census
Here is something I wouldn't have ever expected to see until the past few months: my closest maternal DNA cousin on MyHeritage.com is now someone from Italy. And not only that, the match helped me solve a genealogical question it would have otherwise taken much more time and tedium to resolve.
While working on the historical narrative for the National Register nomination of Midland Cemetery, which is stewarded by my friend Barbara Barksdale, I collected a deed for adjacent parcels. This deed transferred over 700 acres from Richard Peters to John Potts in 1756. Richard Peters was a Philadelphia bigwig and personal friend of the Penn… Continue reading Envisioning the Early Colonial Landscape through Deeds