Peter Batdorf & Elizabeth Welker

In a sense, Peter Batdorf and his wife, Elizabeth Welker, were war babies. She was born on November 23 in 1812, four months after America declared war on Great Britain beginning the War of 1812. He was born January 20, 1814, eleven months before the treaty was signed...

Notable Ancestors in WIki

Many notable folks are part of the Chronies ancestry. The past with even links to three fascinating maybe even considered monstrous folks. Lucas Raus was born in 1723 in Marienburg, now Feldioara, Romania, south of Transylvanian Castle belonging to Dracula. Peter...

Judith Perigal Werner

The remote village of Brodbecks was the birthplace of Judith Perigal and her future husband George Werner. Both families had left the war-torn, religiously oppressed Baden region, migrating through Philadelphia to York county to pursue opportunity. The frontier had...

Daniel Updegrove & Sarah A. Culp

Life was hard in the anthracite coal fields of eastern Pennsylvania following the Panic of 1837. Layoffs, wage cuts, and persistently high unemployment afflicted the nation, dooming President van Buren’s re-election campaign. John Updegrove, a laborer from Berks...

Early Settlers & Migration

With the 400th Anniversary of our first ancestor’s arrival in the New World, it becomes important to recognize how and where these early families settled. The arrival and settlement are broken into five 50-year time periods, starting with 1600 and ending in the 1800s....