I knew that finding information on Amanda would be difficult since I am now going back in Pennsylvania to the early to mid 1880s, before the time of required birth, death and marriage records. I also knew that census records will not name her until 1850. I decided to try a technique I had heard about at the Southern California Genealogy Jamboree this past June. (See post Southern California Genealogy Jamboree 2018-Friday and Saturday). The presentation was by Annette Burke Lyttle entitled How Research Plans Can Up Your Genealogical Game. Annette talked about developing a good research question and making a list of all possible sources of information for the area where your ancestor lived before hitting the
button on a record source. I know that I have several ancestral lines that were in PA in the early 1800s, so, I decided to try her technique. The list of resources in PA would be valuable help with other lines.
My research question: When and where was Amanda Johnson born?
I knew that 'Pennsylvania' was too broad so I thought I would narrow my options down. I knew that Amanda’s daughter Harriett Browning DeLeon Coolbaugh (see post) was born in 1850 in Orwell, Bradford County, PA. I decided to look for information and records in Bradford County, Pennsylvania.
Here are the sources of records/information I found for Bradford County:
|Bradford County, PA History, Records, Facts and Genealogy|
|Linkpendium - Bradford County|
|Tri-Counties Genealogy and History Site - Bradford and
Tioga County (PA) and Cemung (NY) For family and local
|Sullivan-Rutland Genealogy Project
This database focuses
on the ancestors and descendants of the early nineteenth century
pioneers who migrated to Tioga and Bradford County,
Pennsylvania, primarily from Connecticut, Massachusetts,
and Vermont. It also includes Chemung County. New York.
|Bradford County Historical Society|
|Bradford County PA Genealogy|
|Family trees on Family Search|
|Family trees on Ancestry|
|Family trees on My Heritage|
|Ancestry.com -North America, Family Histories, 1500-2000
The Coolbaugh Family in America, from their earliest appearance at New Amsterdam, 1686-1938
Will I be able to verify Amanda’s birth? Will a research question help me stay focused to find an answer?
In future posts I will tell you if I am able to answer my research question and what other great finds may come my way.
If you have any corrections or additions or stories to share I look forward to hearing them.
Enjoy the journey,