What is the purpose of PA Ancestors? What is it about?
PA Ancestors provides people the tools, resources, and skill development to discover and understand their ancestors who lived in Pennsylvania.
What is my philosophy?
If you take the journey of exploring the lives of your ancestors, you’ll transform yourself to be more resilient, empathetic, purposeful and grateful, all while being part of a community doing the same kind of work.
Why is it different from what can be found elsewhere?
Most genealogy site are generalized tips that would work in any geography and time period. When you start getting deep into research, you quickly realize that general tips only take you so far and you need specific knowledge of geographic areas and different time periods in order to be successful. What works in searching 1700’s rural PA (platting land deeds and correlating wills of relatives) doesn’t necessarily work in 1800’s city of Philadelphia (families renting, no assets, and immigrating alone).
Why isn’t (fill-in-the-blank) here on the site?
I’m not focused on repeating what others have already done. I am building something to help people researching in Pennsylvania. I work on it every day, some gets added to the website, some does not. Could I have waited until I had it all done and perfect (in my mind)? Sure. But then people would miss the opportunity to see what consistent work on a project can produce over time. If you have something you’d like to see, please send it to me.
Why “PA”? Why didn’t you use “Pennsylvania” written out?
I picked the name because I liked it. It’s casual and fun. But if you need a list of reasons, here’s some:
1) You can’t register a business in Pennsylvania that begins with the word “Pennsylvania”.
2) All the url’s for genealogy with “Pennsylvania” were already taken.
3) PA is one of few state abbreviations that people use when writing. NY and NJ also come to mind.