9 May 2013

Forvo.com: Follow Friday

Forvo.com (“All the words in the world. Pronounced.”) lets you hear how words are pronounced in foreign languages. I’ve been doing a lot of work on my Prussian lines in my Germanic Genealogy class. My eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Prussian villages are located in Poland since the end of World War II, and of course now have Polish names and I have no idea how to pronounce them.

For example, Freienwalde, Pomerania, Prussia, is now Chociwel, Poland. Click here to hear is how it’s pronounced, which of course is nothing like how I would have guessed.

Do you have some words in foreign languages you’d like to understand better? Try Forvo.com.

5 Aug 2011

Poznan Marriage Project: Follow Friday

Today’s Follow Friday post is about the Poznan Marriage Project, a database of extracted nineteenth marriage records. Headed by Łukasz Bielecki, the Poznan Marriage Project contains 651,594 records from civil, Lutheran, and Catholic parishes within the former Prussian province of Posen, now Poznań, Poland.

In addition to the search function available by surname, location, and date, the site also provides a wealth of information about what records are available for various villages and towns.


12 Jun 2011

Researching Your Chicago Ancestors From Afar

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 into one big post.

Research for my own tree is very Chicago-oriented, as my great-grandparents in Norway, Sweden, Scotland, Austria, and Prussia/Germany decided to emigrate to Chicago, meet each other there, get married, and our family tree has flourished ever since. I’ve moved from Chicagoland many years ago, however, so the information included here has a mix of digital collections you can research wherever home may be and resources for your next trip to the Windy City.

Below are links by ethnicity and/or record type to digital collections, organizations, books, articles, databases, and listservs to research your Chicago ancestors.
Chicago Genealogy Resources
African-American Genealogical Resources for Chicago
Bohemian, Czech and Slovak Genealogical Resources for Chicago
Chicago and Illinois Digital Collections
Chicago City […]

3 Apr 2011

Chicago Genealogy: Polish-American Resources

Chicago Genealogy – Polish-American Resources is today’s post. Given the border changes over time, I also recommend the German-American resources for Chicago I’ve posted.

For links to other Chicago resources, click here.

Please note: This list is meant to include resources in addition to the ones found at the traditional genealogical sites like FamilySearch, Ancestry, Fold3, and the like. And the lists are by no means exhaustive, so if you know of other digital collections on Chicago and Illinois that you’ve found useful in your research, please let me know.
Polish Genealogical Society of America

Membership information

The Society, headquartered in Chicago, is open to anyone doing research within the borders of the old Commonwealth of Poland. They provide books, newsletters, bulletins, printed information, regular Society meetings, and an annual workshop. With 2,000 members in all 50 states and 10 countries, the Society encourages its members to communicate with each other and share leads, research sources, and […]