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Posts about finding and using resources for researching in Germany, Prussia, and Austria, and German genealogy organizations and social media.

26 Oct 2017

Translating German Genealogy Records

By |26 Oct 2017|German Genealogy, Sassy Jane Genealogy Guides, Translation|3 Comments

Today's post is about a system I've put together when translating German genealogy records to English. Lots has been written about resources to help you translate, but very little about the actual process of transcribing and translating.If you work with German records, you understand how the handwriting has changed over [...]

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 research in Germany, Prussia (now Poland), and Austria. Records are few where my great-great-great grandmother Johanna Christiane [...]

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 – [...]

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 Reichs (Meyers-Orts for short). As FamilySearch notes, This gazetteer of the German Empire is [...]