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  1. During my research trip into New Jersey and the Pennsylvania areas I was struck by the terrain and my impressions of it. I had developed an opinion that the Delaware river was such an obstacle that mostly it was a barrier to early colonial movement. I am no longer of that opinion. There were so many ferries, so much boat traffic, that the river was little more than speed bump. Another aspect meant that since so much of their industry thrived by use of the river, it actually enable more interaction because it was the proverbial highway of its time. Another issue that I previously held, regarded habitation and dwellings. This came from some earlier read census records. In those records I felt my family must have moved a lot in the pre-1850 time period, but they didn't. It just happened to be a time of vibrant township creation. The land that Peter and Dennis settled on was in Knowlton. Later it seemed they move to Hope, then Blairstown, when actually they live on the same farm the entire time. It was just that the township designated boundaries consumed the farm as the new townships were created. Maybe this is a peculiar case, but I still think one that is worth consideration. I made the mistake of thinking they had moved a lot, when in fact they never had. Lastly, for this posting. I was never thinking that land was not merely a residence. After pouring through many land transactions I found that some of my ancestors owned 3-6 parcels of land at the same time. I can't say exactly why and I am not sure there would be one reason for the ownership, but those that purchased multiple tracts of land sure elevated their financial position in later years. Land costs increased at dramatic rates. I will write another article on land records. They are fascinating, yet frustrating at the same time.
  2. Nice map from the LOC https://www.loc.gov/item/2012592358/ View full record
  3. Nicely detailed map of the county. Some prominent businesses identified as well. https://www.loc.gov/resource/g3813m.la000460/ View full record
  4. LOC again. Cool! https://www.loc.gov/resource/g3813m.la000460/ View full record
  5. LOC again with a great map. https://www.loc.gov/item/2012593683/ View full record
  6. Library of congress with another great map. https://www.loc.gov/item/2012593684/ View full record
  7. The library of Congress has amazing maps. I like to use the frequently so posting here. https://www.loc.gov/resource/g3813s.la000466/ View full record
  8. The weather was also very nice.
  9. I have been in the genealogy hobby for a fair amount of time. The one person I have struggled with, the so called "Brick Wall" has been Dennis TInsman Snr. This was the furthest back in that line I had been able to trace. While it was a distant relative, I always wanted to solve another step or two and be able to say who my German relative is and where he came from in the homeland. Today I feel confident about my decision in saying that Dennis Tinsman Snr, Sussex County NJ, dies in 1818. His father, Johann Peter Dunschmann, Sussex County Nj, dies in 1806 are father and son. Peter's other son is Christopher TInsman, dies in 1821. Within the next weeks I will also be able to put more descriptive insight into the family happening that occur pre 1830 in New Jersey and some in Pennsylvania. This family line has been a great challenge to me, but........ I AM DONE!
  10. The research trip is going quite well, but has been superseded by the discovery of distant cousins, the finding of family farms, and the discussions and relationship building that follows. While I wont get to all of the records that I had hoped to, I will build a substantial network of friends and family in the area. Honestly, that seems more important. I am beat, and still 3 more days....
  11. Things have been progressing nicely for the site and for our personal efforts in Genealogy and History. We believe we are on the right track and that over time we will have a wealth of information posted here that will help others. While it will be time that is the judge of that opinion, I am comfortable in continuing our efforts on our current path. We do have the basic constructs built for the US States and their respective counties. Efforts to create this infrastructure has provided over 3143 county pages, and each of those allows us to place more focused information in an easy to find format. All of these pages and their information is fully searchable on the site, and we are seeing more information posted each month. Yes, this will be a long term project. We have a few local volunteers that are helping us, so maybe some would say progress is slow, or slower than hoped. Sure, it is, but the one thing that volunteers need is a peaceful and pleasurable environment within which to be creative. There is no need in making a volunteers life be miserable, they wont stay long if that happens anyway. So, we will continue to build what we can and post it. In time we may uncover a few more volunteers and then a few others. Either way, the journey needs to stay pleasant, and for us it is. I hope everyone continues to view the pages in their own way, participate when you feel like it. This is merely a community, and one that will be represented by those that use it.
  12. I am tired. So much information that I think it is best to wait until we return home and then sort it all out. I do think I finally have my answers about Peter, Christopher and Dennis Tinsman in pre-1800 New Jersey. I hope it still makes sense when I get home.
  13. The Sigal Museum is Northampton County, Pennsylvania's leading institution of local history, and home to significant collections of pre-European settlement artifacts, decorative arts and textiles, farming implements and colonial furniture. The Museum opened in summer of 2010, offering its visitors interactive exhibits, self-guided and docent-led tours, special children's programs, and a lecture series on local and American history. Northampton County Historical & Genealogical Society (NCHGS) For more than 100 years, members of the Northampton County Historical & Genealogical Society have preserved the past, served the present, and shaped the future of Northampton County through research, producing papers and books, and growing and maintaining exceptional collections in old and new places. We tell the story of American history made in Northampton County. http://sigalmuseum.org/ The Jane S. Moyer Library is home to a wealth of family, county, and state information crucial to our genealogical and community researchers. View full record
  14. The Marx Local History Room houses the largest collection of local history and genealogy in northeastern Pennsylvania Marx Room Hours: Monday – Friday 10 am-12 Noon & 1 pm - 4 pm Saturday 9 am - 12 Noon & 1 pm - 5 pm Local history and genealogy material – more than 15,000 items, including books, periodicals, pamphlets, vertical files, pictures, family files, maps, microfilmed local newspapers since 1799, yearbooks, city directories, and over 200 volumes of Northampton County church and cemetery records Easton Library Company books acquired from 1811-1855 – about 1600 volumes Books written by local authors, printed by local printers, or owned by local residents – about 550 volumes http://www.eastonpl.org/EAPLMarxRoomHome.html Easton Area Public Library 515 Church StreetEaston, PA 18042610.258.2917 View full record
  15. West Jersey Proprietary Records. The records for West Jersey have not been published, but the originals at Rutgers University have been microfilmed. These include: Minutes, 1688 to 1951 (FHL Collection films 888812-14) Warrants, 1717 to 1754 (FHL Collection film 888815) Surveys, 1681 to 1952 (FHL Collection films 888803-11) Land records, 1700's-1800's, (FHL Collection film 888723) Secretary of State's Deeds From 1664 to 1785, land sales between individuals were recorded as deeds in either the East Jersey capital of Perth Amboy or in the West Jersey capital of Burlington. In 1795 deeds were transferred to Trenton, where they became known as the secretary of state's deeds. It has been estimated that less than half of all land transactions were ever recorded as deeds. The secretary of state's deed books also contain some proprietary deeds, warrants, surveys, powers of attorney, mortgage releases, and other miscellaneous documents. West Jersey. The New Jersey State Archives has the original West Jersey deeds. They are also on microfilm at the Family History Library: Deeds and surveys, 1677 to 1854 (FHL Collection films 460045-71) Grantor and grantee indexes (FHL Collection films 460043- 44) Salem deeds and surveys, 1672 to 1703 (FHL Collection films 460074-75) Gloucester deeds and surveys, 1682 to 1779 (FHL Collection films 460077-78) Indexes to Proprietary Records and Secretary of State's Deeds There are four major printed indexes to early provincial and state land records of New Jersey: Nelson, William, Editor. Documents Relating to the Colonial History of the State of New Jersey. Calendar of Records in the Office of the Secretary of State, 1664-1703. [Archives of the State of New Jersey, First Series, Volume 21]. 1899. Reprinted as Patents and Deeds and Other Early Records of New Jersey, 1664-1703. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Company, 1982. (FHL Collection book 974.9 B49a, Ser. 1 v. 21 (1898); FHL Collection film 844843; FHL Collection fiche 6051369). This book indexes and abstracts most of the earliest deeds and surveys of East and West Jersey through 1703. All the original records abstracted by this book are at the New Jersey State Archives and on microfilm at the Family History Library. Use this index cautiously as some entire pages in the original records were not transcribed, and some entries that were transcribed were not indexed. A substantial number of pre-1704 records, primarily for West Jersey, were omitted from the book. Index to Powers of Attorney, Surveyor's Reports, Commissions, etc., Referring to Deeds. This card index is at the New Jersey State Archives and on film at the Family History Library (FHL Collection films 542530-31), filmed in 1972. In addition to secretary of state deeds and West Jersey surveys, it references such diverse types of records as civil and military commissions, naturalizations, oaths of allegiance, marriages, pardons, licenses, and cattle earmarks. It is listed in the FamilySearch Catalog as Index of Names to Various Records in Various New Jersey Counties, 1600-1800s (Film Collection films 946856 - 946861). Colonial Conveyances: Provinces of East and West New Jersey, 1664-1794. Two Volumes. Summit, New Jersey: Crestview Lawyers Service, 1974. (Not at the Family History Library). This is the principal index to use to locate pre-1785 secretary of state's deeds. Index to Deeds, Grantee and Grantor. A card index at the New Jersey State Archives (FHL Collection films 539948-49, 540239-40, and 540603-605) This indexes secretary of state deeds for East Jersey, 1667 to 1784 and for West Jersey, 1677 to 1854. County Land Records The Land Act of 1785 gave county clerks the responsibility of recording deeds, but many deeds were never registered. Those that exist are at the offices of the county clerks. County Land Records. The Family History Libraryand the state archives have more than 5,000 microfilms of New Jersey county land records. These include: Deeds to about 1901 for all counties except Union County. Grantee and grantor indexes to about 1920 for all counties except Bergen County. The deed books for most counties record sales pre-date 1785. It is common in New Jersey to find deeds recorded many years, sometimes generations, after the original transaction took place. Some county clerks have deeds that were actually recorded before 1785. These deeds are usually not included in the grantee and grantor indexes that start in 1785. These deed books may also contain powers of attorney, slave manumissions, wills, leases, agreements, maps, settlements of boundary disputes, and cattle earmarks. The Family History Library has microfilm copies of pre-1785 deeds for Bergen, Cape May, Essex, Hunterdon, Middlesex, and Monmouth counties. Some counties also have separate volumes of "ancient deeds." These were unrecorded deeds from earlier times that were finally recorded beginning in the 1870s. The Family History Library has microfilm copies of ancient deeds for Burlington, Morris, and Passaic counties. Mortgages. The earliest mortgages date from 1724. The mortgages often include a schedule of payments, the names of the assignees (persons to whom property is legally transferred), and the name of the mortgagor. New Jersey mortgages were seldom recorded until the date the mortgage was discharged. A card index to county loan office mortgages is at the New Jersey State Archives. (FHL Collection film 913175). This indexes many mortgages of Burlington, Hunterdon, Gloucester, and Somerset Counties. County clerks began recording mortgages in 1766. The Family History Library has microfilm copies of: