22 Oct 2013

Mapping 1890 German Ancestry is Tuesday’s Tip

Today’s post is about mapping 1890 German ancestry in the U.S. There are more Americans of German extraction living in this country today than any other ethnicity. At least seven million German natives emigrated to the United States between 1800 and the present. Most arrived between 1840 and 1914, with peak immigration to America in the early 1880s, as was the case with my German ancestors. Driven by limited opportunities in German-speaking countries of Europe, many emigrants settled in the Midwest, large cities in the East, the state of Washington, and parts of Texas and California.

Using data from the now-lost 1890 census, the map above shows relative population density of “natives of Germanic nations” across the U.S. Twenty individuals or more per square mile are the darkest areas; the lightest color shows fewer than one-half per square mile.

Cities and areas with sizable Germanic populations established German-language schools, churches, […]

18 May 2013

Direct Me NYC 1940 – Find Your Elusive NYC Family Member


Direct Me NYC 1940 marries the 1940 census with the digitized phone books of all five boroughs of New York City. The user unites the two sets of data with the help of Steve Morse’s One-Step site. If you’re still struggling to find elusive NYC family members, this site can help. There’s an article up at the New York Times about the resource at the New York Public Library.

The project permits the user to cross-reference NYC residents’ names and addresses with the 1940 census data made public last year, which includes the person’s age, income, education, occupation, and residences in 1935 and 1940.


26 May 2012

Birth and Baptism of Hans Loe, Part 2: Surname Saturday

Read Part 1 here.

Is there anything more satisfying that figuring out primary source records in another language? I don’t think so! And Norway may be the exception to the rule that it’s easier to do overseas research in SLC than it is in the country in question. Today I’m updating my search for the birth and baptism of Hans Loe.

Some time ago, I wrote of my beginning attempts at Norwegian genealogical research, attempting to find the birth and baptism of Hans Christensen Loe, my great-grandfather, in Norway. This included a fruitless attempt in Salt Lake City at the Family History Library.

I was getting nowhere fast, until I discovered that the National Archives of Norway (Arkivverket) has a Digitalarkivet containing census and parish registers and that this vast digital set of primary sources is free to everyone. I also found a tutorial that helps you navigate the records. Marvelous!


4 Apr 2012

1940 Success: Joseph and Mabel Libby in Barnsdall, Oklahoma

Very happy to say that I found my husband’s grandparents, whom he never knew, in the 1940 Census. I didn’t have an address or even a location. But I thought perhaps between 1930 and 1940 they’d lost their farm in the Dust Bowl catastrophe, so I looked in the nearest town to their 1930 location, which is Barnsdall, Bigheart Township, Osage, Oklahoma. The Enumeration District was 57-3 and off I went.