Surname Saturday

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!

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19 May 2012

Ross Family and Some Old-School Genealogy Research

Ross Family Sassy Jane Genealogy

Today’s post is about my Ross family and some old-school genealogy research. I never knew my mother’s father, who died a few years before I was born. The youngest of ten children, William Watson Ross (1892-1947)  emigrated from Aberdeenshire exactly one month after the Titanic sank. By the time he and his parents embarked permanently for Chicago in 1919, his six surviving siblings had emigrated to the four corners of the earth, landing in New York; Chicago; Johannesburg, South Africa; and Auckland, New Zealand.  The Chicago Rosses soon lost touch with the rest of the family.

Recently I went through some papers my mother had given me and discovered a remarkable example of old-school, pre-Internet genealogical research-cum-luck.

My grandfather’s oldest brother, George left Scotland for South Africa in 1903. Only later did we learn that George settled in Johannesburg and became the Acting Superintendent of the Tramways Department and in 1913 had a son, also named George, with his wife.

In 1989, George in South Africa decided to write to the newspaper in Glen Ellyn, Illinois, the last place he knew the Chicago Rosses were living. (top image). In a remarkable bit of luck, George Ross had his answer in less than a week when one of the cousins who still lived in the area saw the article.

Here’s how it happened:

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8 Oct 2011

Schumann of Massow, Pomerania, Prussia: Surname Saturday

Research has gotten less complicated now that I know my German ancestors really were Prussian. I’ve had some success lately with the Schumanns, my great-grandmother’s line from Pomerania.

Anna Schumann’s father, Friedrich Wilhelm, was certainly adventurous. He left his native village of Massow for nearby Freienwalde, where he married his first wife, Auguste Marie Luise LINDE (1835-1886). Massow is now Maszewo [maˈʂɛvɔ], a town in Goleniów CountyWest Pomeranian VoivodeshipPoland.

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14 Apr 2011

Death and Burial of Gottfried Hann (1861-1896) – Surname Saturday

I’ve got a birthplace for my brick-wall great-grandfather! YAY!