Posted By:Stan Arney
Subject:Question about research strategies
Post Date:January 20, 2013 at 16:17:13
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Forum:Pennsylvania Genealogy Forum
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I have traced my family surname, ARNEY, back to a Jacob Arney (????-1782)
Jacob Arney's first Wife, was Anna Ursula KRON (1722-1761)
She arrived, from Essenheim, Germany, with her family in 1741.

Together, Jacob and Anna Ursula Arney, had four "known" children:
Christian "Christy" Arney, Sr. (1750-1834), died in Lincoln County, North Carolina
Adam "Lawrence" Arney (1751-1802), died in Burke County, North Carolina
Johann Heinrich "Henry" Arney, Sr. (1755-1830), died in Owen County, Indiana
Anna "Elisabeth" Arney-Setzer/Setser (1761-1849), died in Caldwell County, North Carolina

Their children were born in the area of York(town), York County, Pennsylvania.

York(town) was established in 1741, meaning it would have originally been in Lancaster County.
York County was established in 1749, that's why I say York(town) would have been in Lancaster
County, prior to being in York County, Pennsylvania.

At this time, I do NOT know who, the Parents and Siblings of Jacob Arney were.

So, what I would like someone to answer is:
Where should I concentrate my research, in order to solve this mystery?

Should I be looking in Lancaster County, because they may have been living there,
prior to being in York County, at its' creation?

Should I be looking in York County, Pennsylvania, because that's where the children
would have been born and raised, prior to there moving from the area around 1767?

Jacob Arney moved his family, from York(town), York County, Pennsylvania, around
1767, moving them to North Carolina, and settling in the area of Tryon County, NC.
Tryon County, NC, was dissolved in 1779, therefore they then lived in Lincoln County, NC.

I really want to solve this mystery (brick wall), to learn where my Jacob Arney came from,
to find who his parents and siblings were, etc.

Therefore, I'm asking for expertise, as to where I should concentrate my research,
Lancaster County/York County/elsewhere?

Would it be more "cost effective" to hire a Professional Genealogist in the area OR
figure out where to search and travel there myself?

I truly want to solve this mystery, IF it's possible to ever solve it.

Your feedback, would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you, for your time, consideration, and cooperation.