Sassy Jane will be back in a week. In the meantime, a little genealogy humor.
The Max Kade Institute for German-American Studies is today’s Follow Friday. Founded at the University of Wisconsin in 1983 with a grant from the Max Kade Foundation of New York, MKI examines how “German-speaking immigrants and their descendants have both shaped their North American environment and been shaped by it.”
German-American immigration, history, culture, and language are the topics of interest at the MKI, and the following links may be helpful to genealogists researching German lines:
American Languages: German Dialects
Scanned images from the MKI Archives
Ethnicity in Wisconsin
Historical Maps of Central Europe (G. D. Reymann’s Special-Karte, 1832-1870)
How German Is [the] American [Language]?
If you live or will be traveling to Madison, the MKI Library offers:
A collection of more than 3200 books, pamphlets, and periodicals in the German language published in America, and/or by German-American authors;
A collection of more than 5300 books, articles, and pamphlets dealing significantly with political, cultural and religious aspects of […]
Thanksgiving and family photographs go together like mashed potatoes and gravy. It’s coming up on Thanksgiving again (in America), so it’s time to 1) reflect upon your life to give thanks and 2) eat as much as you possibly can. If you’re exceptionally fortunate, some time this weekend you may perhaps acquire some family photographs you’ve never seen before.
If you do do your own scanning, scan at a minimum of 300 ppi (pixels per inch) and preferably 600 ppi.
Choose the tiff format and label the scan sequentially. Store your masters together in one location on your computer.
Kartenmeister.com for Prussian genealogy is an indispensable tool. It’s difficult not to jump up and down as I write this because this resource is so great.
The brainchild of Uwe-Karsten Krickhahn, Kartenmesiter.com contains 94,636 locations in the former country of Prussia, with 38,691 locations that have changed to Polish, Lithuanian, or Russian names.
You can search by:
1. German name
2. Older German name
4. By the next larger town (proximity search)
5. Current Polish, Russian or Lithuanian name
6. By Family Name
As seen in the example at right, search results include the all important Kreis, GPS, and other information to further your research.
Best of all is the option to attach the surnames you’re researching in a particular town and view surnames other researchers have posted as well.