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Posts about church records and parish records, primarily from the United States, Scandinavia and Germany, and using these records for genealogy records.

7 Nov 2017

Scottish Church Records Before 1855 Released

By |7 Nov 2017|Church Records, Scottish Genealogy|1 Comment

More than 36,000 new Scottish church records before 1855 have been added to ScotlandsPeople, covering the period 1744 to 1854. These parish records are of interest if your ancestors belonged to Presbyterian churches that broke away from the established Church of Scotland or if you're having difficult finding ancestors [...]

27 Sep 2017

Transcribing Scottish Baptism Records

By |27 Sep 2017|Church Records, Ross, Scottish Genealogy|0 Comments

Transcribing Scottish baptism records can be a challenge, even for researchers fluent in English. Since I returned from my heritage travel to the Highlands in August, I've been puzzling over the Scottish baptism record (above) for my great-great-great-grandfather. George Ross, son of Hugh Ross & Margaret McFinley, was “babtized” [...]

31 May 2017

Searching for Medad Curtis the Shaker

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

Searching for Medad Curtis the Shaker took me down new research paths, including finding accounts of his daring rescue of Shaker founder Mother Ann Lee. Some sources said my husband's great-great-great-great grandfather Medad was a Shaker and others say he was the only non-Shaker buried in one of their cemeteries [...]

12 May 2017

Ancestry Shaking Leaf vs. Genealogy Brick Wall

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

Ancestry shaking leaf vs. genealogy brick wall. Which is mightier? As it turns out, the Ancestry shaking leaf is mightier than my brick wall. My ten-year-old Austrian brick wall fell and a leafy branch sprouts in its place on my tree.* You may want to get a snack – [...]