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22 Jun 2017

German Peasant Costumes for Genealogy Research

By |22 Jun 2017|German Genealogy, Prussian Genealogy|0 Comments

German Peasant Costumes - Silesia Tannhausen - Czarnowanz (near Oppeln) – (Courtesy Boston Public Library) Illustrations of German peasant costumes by noted German-American artist Louis Prang can help illuminate your family history [...]

2 Oct 2020

Prussian Place Name Research

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Prussian Place Name Research explores German and Prussian gazetteers, maps, databases, and records for  German-speaking ancestors from Prussia (Brandenburg, East Prussia, Pomerania, Posen, Silesia, West Prussia). Discover where your Prussian ancestors lived, and what place names [...]

17 Jun 2020

Solving a German Sibling Brick Wall in Chicago

By |17 Jun 2020|Prussian Genealogy, Schumann, Search Strategies|14 Comments

Today I'm sharing a post about solving a German sibling brick wall in Chicago. Breaking through this brick wall with Chicago records makes it extra satisfying. Anna and Her Sister Elise Sail to America [...]

29 May 2019

Chicago German-Language Newspaper Obituaries

By |29 May 2019|Chicago Genealogy, German Genealogy, Hann, Obituaries, Translation|4 Comments

These Chicago German-Language Newspaper Obituaries helped me break through my Austrian genealogy brick wall. Searching for an Austrian Birthplace Churchyard at the Ladis Catholic Church. Regular readers know how elusive Gottfried Hann, [...]

7 Aug 2018

Using Polish Archives for Prussian Research

By |7 Aug 2018|Archives, Genealogy Pilgrimage, Primary Sources, Prussian Genealogy|2 Comments

Using Polish archives for Prussian research in person may seem daunting. But it's a snap when you take a professional genealogist as skilled as Ewa Pękalska with you. As you can see in the video [...]

26 Oct 2017

Translating German Genealogy Records

By |26 Oct 2017|German Genealogy, Sassy Jane Genealogy Guides, Translation|5 Comments

Today's post is about a system I've put together when translating German genealogy records to English. Much has been written about resources to help you translate, but very little about the actual process of [...]

14 Jan 2017

Finding German Place Names at Meyersgaz.org

By |14 Jan 2017|German Genealogy, Maps|2 Comments

Try finding German place names at Meyersgaz.org, which provides maps and translations. Using the essential Meyers Orts German gazetteer just got easier. Meyersgaz.org is a new site for searching the indispensable Meyers Orts- und Verkehrs-Lexikon des Deutschen [...]

19 Oct 2015

FamilySearch German Databases Updated

By |19 Oct 2015|Databases, Death Records, Digital Collections, Genealogy, German Genealogy, Marriage Records, Prussian Genealogy|3 Comments

An astute friend told me that the FamilySearch German Databases updated on 18 September 2015. Great news! If you haven't searched the three main German databases available at FamilySearch in a while, it's worth taking [...]

3 Aug 2014

Free Online German-Language Newspapers

By |3 Aug 2014|Genealogy, German Genealogy, Newspapers, Search Strategies|0 Comments

Free online German-language newspapers published in the United States are invaluable resources for genealogists. If you're searching for ancestors from Germany, Austria, and Prussia who emigrated to America, 19th- and 20th-century German-language newspapers can hold [...]

6 Dec 2013

Max Kade Institute for German-American Studies

By |6 Dec 2013|Genealogy, German Genealogy|1 Comment

Familienglück, ein Büchlein für Jünglinge und Jungfrauen, die sich verheirathen wollen, 1903. (courtesy MKI) The Max Kade Institute for German-American Studies can help your German research. Founded at the University of Wisconsin [...]

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