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Posts about primary sources, including church records and parish records, primarily from the United States, Scandinavia and Germany for genealogy records.

31 May 2017

Searching for Medad Curtis the Shaker

By |31 May 2017|Church Records, Curtis, Surnames|1 Comment

Searching for Medad Curtis the Shaker took me down many interesting research paths, including accounts of his daring rescue of Shaker founder Mother Ann Lee. Some sources said Medad was a Shaker and others say he was the only non-Shaker buried in one of their cemeteries because he saved founder [...]

12 May 2017

Ancestry Shaking Leaf vs. Genealogy Brick Wall

By |12 May 2017|Church Records, German Genealogy, Search Strategies|16 Comments

Ancestry Shaking Leaf vs. Genealogy Brick Wall. Which is mightier? The Ancestry shaking leaf is mightier than my brick wall. I didn’t realize it, but for nearly a decade, my Austrian research has been complicated by looking for a “vagabond" family. With one Ancestry shaking leaf, that ten-year-old Austrian brick [...]

10 Nov 2016

Free Swedish Genealogy Research Alert

By |10 Nov 2016|Church Records, Databases, digital collections, Genealogy, Immigration Records, Marriage Records, Military Records, Swedish Genealogy|Comments Off on Free Swedish Genealogy Research Alert

Free Swedish Genealogy Research Alert – on Saturday November 12 and Sunday November 13, ArkivDigital  is providing free access to everyone who wants to try out ArkivDigital All-in-One. New users and users with Base subscription get access to everything in their All-in-One database on both days. Church records, estate inventories, court records, [...]

28 Apr 2016

Visiting Prussia for the Time-Traveling Genealogy Blog Party

By |28 Apr 2016|Church Records, Kirschstein, Prussian Genealogy, Translation|10 Comments

Visiting Prussia for the Time-Traveling Genealogy Blog Party is my entry in the latest blog party. Courtesy of Elizabeth O'Neal at LittleBytesofLife, here's this party's theme: You and The Doctor (of Doctor Who fame [who of course is David Tennant – hubba hubba]) have just finished saving the Earth from nasty, alien monsters. [...]