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Geneamania*  Would the right Christian Schneÿder please stand up? (c)

                                 Family History Research - and a book that will help!

Geneamania, part of the book's title, is derived from the word genealogy [Greek: 'race, generation'] and its reference to a line of descent from an ancestor. 

In our family, the ancestor was Christian Schneÿder/Schneider/Snyder/Snider, or one of the many variations of the name, which translates as tailor or dressmaker. In fact, both our ancestor and one of his sons was occasionally described as a taylor. It is also important to remember that in Western culture, the use of surnames or "last names" was adopted gradually, and today not all cultures use them. The last name sometimes described a person's occupation, or it could refer to their birthplace or even their father's name. 

As for mania, I prefer the definition in the Revised & Updated Illustrated Oxford Dictionary: "Denoting extreme enthusiasm or admiration." This aptly describes many genealogists who become absorbed by family research, often to the exclusion of all else.

So, what about the website slideshow of a woodland path trailing into lush trees; substantial rocks, and a piece of abandoned farm equipment? Let me explain:

This is not a random slice of parkland, but research suggests that it falls within the boundary lines of a patent granted to our ancestor, Christian Snyder/Schneÿder in 1749. Our Schneiders and others of their time, shared a common passion still found among immigrants today. Land was often the driving motivation behind the sacrifice and struggle of our early family members, who put themselves and their loved ones in mortal danger to reach the promise of land -- and through that land -- achieve their dream of freedom and economic prosperity.

Christian Snyder/Schneÿder/Schneider applied for many land warrants -- the first stage towards acquiring property in Pennsylvania -- but as far as we are aware, this is the only patent he was granted. Digital records of warrants and patents are stored in the Land Records of the Pennsylvania State Archives in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, and are also available on their website.