World War II Mystery

Thielke 1945

A couple of weeks ago I finally got a bunch of photos from my maternal side of the family. I really had next to nothing when it came to photos for that side of the family compared to the amount from my paternal side. Among the awesome pics of my grandparents and their families when they were … [Read more...]

Germany, Prussia, Pomerania Church Records

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FamilySearch has a boatload of church records scanned and available online for Germany, Prussia, and Pomerania from 1544-1945, though I would estimate that most of them are in the middle of that range. Currently they're not available for searching, but I did see them in the indexing software, so … [Read more...]

Google Plus Your Passions

Google Plus

If you're a visitor to social networks of any kind, you've probably already heard about Google+ (or Google Plus.) Though, maybe as I have noticed, you seem to hear mostly negative things about it, usually on Facebook. I've read posts about how it's a wasteland or "none of my friends are on it." I'd … [Read more...]

DNA: Autosomal DNA

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This is Part 4 in a series of post dedicated to finding out more information about your DNA test results from 23andMe or Family Tree DNA. If you haven’t read it, yet, view Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3. Today we're going to look into the last set of DNA that you can use in your research, Autosomal … [Read more...]

DNA: X Marks the Spot

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This is Part 3 in a series of post dedicated to finding out more information about your DNA test results from 23andMe or Family Tree DNA. If you haven’t read it, yet, view Part 1 or Part 2. I had the YDNA and mtDNA down pretty good in my head. One is paternal, one is maternal, and so on. Then … [Read more...]

DNA: X? Y? So Many Letters.

My DNA lines

This is Part 2 in a series of post dedicated to finding out more information about your DNA test results from 23andMe or Family Tree DNA. If you haven't read it, yet, view Part 1. There are four main types of DNA that can be used for genealogy purposes: Autosomal, X Chromosome, Y Chromosome, and … [Read more...]

DNA: Digging Deeper Into Your Ancestry

DNA Kits

In the last week or so I've dug deeper into my DNA testing results mainly from my 23andMe test. I hope to have this be my first post in a "series" of posts about DNA for genealogy since I've done a lot of other research about different types of information found in your DNA. Another genealogist … [Read more...]

Ancestry Composition

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I received an email the other day from 23andMe letting me know about their new "Ancestry Composition" tool. I let it go to the back-burner since I didn't have a chance to visit it the other day. Today visited the link and was quite impressed. This is how it works, according to their … [Read more...]