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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 [...]

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

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

Try finding German place names at, which provides maps and translations. Using the essential Meyers Orts German gazetteer just got easier. 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 [...]

16 Oct 2013


By |16 Oct 2013|0 Comments

Genealogy Research Services When is a professional genealogist right for you and your family? Do you lack the time necessary to build a family tree? Or have you encountered a stumbling block in your [...]

22 Jun 2013

Obituaries from Chicago German-Language Newspapers

By |22 Jun 2013|Chicago Genealogy, German Genealogy, Hann, Obituaries, Translation|Comments Off on Obituaries from Chicago German-Language Newspapers

Today's topic is about using and translating obituaries from Chicago German-Language newspapers. I've found the birthplace for Gottfried Hann (1861-1896), my great-grandfather, as I continue trying to read 19th-c. German without actually knowing any. [...]

12 Jun 2011

Researching Your Chicago Ancestors From Afar

By |12 Jun 2011|Chicago Genealogy, Genealogy, German Genealogy, Norwegian Genealogy, Prussian Genealogy, Scottish Genealogy, Swedish Genealogy|0 Comments

Researching Your Chicago Ancestors from Afar is today's post. I've presented at Jamboree and other conferences on Chicago research, so I decided to gather the links to the Chicago genealogy research resources I've compiled [...]

24 Mar 2011

Chicago Genealogy: German-American Archives

By |24 Mar 2011|Archives, Chicago Genealogy, German Genealogy|1 Comment

Chicago Genealogy: German-American Archives contains links to resources for German-American ancestors in Chicago. For links to other Chicago German-American resources, click here. For links to all other Chicago resources, click here. [...]

23 Mar 2011

Chicago Genealogy: German-American Church Records and Cemeteries

By |23 Mar 2011|Cemetery Records, Chicago Genealogy, Church Records, German Genealogy|1 Comment

Chicago Genealogy: German-American Church Records and Cemeteries For a list of other posts on Chicago German-American genealogy resources, click here. For links to other Chicago resources, click here. 1. Major Christian German-American Denominations Your research [...]