23andMe Follow-up

DNA Kits

I mentioned in a recent post that I was able to get 23andMe tests for my father and my father-in-law that would hopefully help narrow down DNA matches and also find out more about ourselves. Those tests have been taken, sent in, and now finally analyzed. There were no surprising results, but it does … [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...]

Solve One Mystery, Create Another

That seems to be how it always works, doesn't it? You finally solve a family research mystery and it just creates more mysteries. But, what fun would it be if we ran out of mysteries to solve? The story of how I solved one mystery late last night is somewhat interesting. I spent a few hours over … [Read more...]

My Most Recent Last Research

Last/Strassman

Go into your brain and pick out a surname that would be awesome to try to research. Something that would return 8 million results every time you searched for it. If you guessed the surname LAST, you win. Searching for anything on that surname was never fun. I would get every version of "last … [Read more...]

Johann Thielke

With the change in the way I built my "Everything I Know" sites, I added a new one. This one is about my maternal great-great grandfather, Johann THIELKE. This is the first one I've done on my maternal line. It's also actually the first one I've done with not a lot of information. The first two I … [Read more...]

Follow Friday: Polish

Since I've done a lot of Polish/Prussian research this week, I'm going to point at some helpful resources and blogs. Al's Polish-American Genealogy by Al Wierzba This one has been on my blogroll for awhile, since Al posts useful Polish information and interesting tidbits on his blog. It … [Read more...]

Any German Transcribers Out There?

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I have found what I think is the passenger list for my 4th-great-grandparents (found via my 3rd-great-grandfather, Mathias FIRMENICH.) They had it transcribed as Fermainz, which is does look like, but I can see FIRMENICH in it also. Now, a lot of things match up. The list is from April 22, 1847, … [Read more...]

Tell Me Thursday: Unknown

I'm not sure who is in this photo. It was located in the BRAATZ area of my grandmother's photo album, but it is no labeled. I have yet to ask her personally if she knows. The girl in the middle does somewhat resemble a photo of my 3rd-great-grandmother, Margaret (SCHUMACHER) STEARNS, so maybe it's … [Read more...]