Sign in to follow this  
Followers 0
Ronald

Colonization Oddities

1 post in this topic

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.

1 person likes this

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!


Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.


Sign In Now
Sign in to follow this  
Followers 0

  • Announcements

    • Ronald

      05/26/2017

      In order to keep moving forward on site site, we understand the need for content and resources that you can use in your research.  We are restructuring our databases to make them more user friendly for genealogy research and bring more unique content to the site. Once we structure the regional information appropriately, it will be linked to other database information from our our GoAncestry Library and our Postcards project.  Additionally, it will allow us to continue to expand our projects for surname and other source data and once again, link it to the regions (s) that are depicted. We hope these additions will occur fairly quickly. Please let us know your thoughts.   
    • Ronald

      04/23/2017

      I think it is a common theme really.  Each year as spring opens and the weather allows a release to the outdoors, the website will see a slowing in information.  That is ok, we really love our gardens as well.  I am also a huge fan of grilling foods.  I am not sure any of that will change in years to come either.   We have also taken a grand step in our field research and spent a week primarily in New Jersey with a few stops in Pennsylvania. It was a grand discovery, and yet, it was overwhelming as well. I have yet to go through all of the information that we uncovered.  And again, we found more holes that need attention.  I jokingly tell my bride that I am "DONE" now that I have linked my American lineage to the initial immigrant from Germany.  It is just a joke, there is always more to do. Thankfully so!   In the coming weeks things will settle and we will once again make some time to get more of our information on line.  Expect a wealth of data surrounding the early Tinsmans in America, maybe in Germany as well.  I will see what I can do.  I will also get more linked information posted for other areas.  Finding so many local resources while we traveled has proven that courthouses and societies are very important places to visit, and even make new friends.   I hope you will find something worth your visit, maybe even something Grand!!!!!
    • Ronald

      02/04/2017

      The GoAncestry Library is coming to you!       We are beginning our efforts to place our physical and digital genealogy and history library on line. This effort will provide Bibliographic information to those areas of the website where they may help you. The hope is to make our library more useful to our members from distant areas.         Initially we will get the Book Titles placed into a new topic, then we will add the table of contents, and lastly we hope to provide some meaningful book reviews.  This effort is beginning to take shape in our Pennsylvania areas. Regional specific books will be able to be found on the county and sate pages. Additionally all of the books will find their way into the forum regions as topics. If you have questions, want some more information, or are aware of material that is included in one of these volumes, you should post your comment directly into that forum topic.        It will take time for us to get the library fully listed. Our current holdings amount to almost 5,000 volumes and I can't seem to stop acquiring more.  We just love the books, they are so helpful and interesting to us that putting them on line for others is the right thing to do.   Be patient, more books are on the way! 
  • Flag Counter
    flags_1