Wed, 25 July 2007
Published July 29, 2007
Book Recommendation: Home and Home Again by George and Helen Papashvily.
GEM: German Homeland - Part 2
Here's a checklist of other types of records that might contain information about your ancestor's home town.
Bremen Passenger Lists 1920 - 1939
Hamburg Passenger Lists, 1872
A research outline from FamilySearch for Hamburg Passenger Lists, 1850-1934
Look sideways, at brothers and sisters, aunts and uncles, even friends. If you can determine where one of them was born, you will have an EXCELLENT place to look in Germany for your ancestors!
In addition, determine if your ancestors had traveling companions on their way to America and look into their backgrounds. Go back to the census and check out your ancestors first recorded American neighborhood. Where were their neighbors from? Folks often settled near family and friends from the old country.
The Freedom of Information Act
is a federal statute that allows any person the right to obtain federal agency records unless the records (or part of the records) are protected from disclosure by any of the nine exemptions in the law.
It can take up to six months to receive a reply. I've obtained two ancestor files so far, and both contained information and photographs that I had never seen before. No fees are required when you make the request. And the first 100 pages of copying and two hours of search time are free!
GEM: Christmas in July
Sweet Memories Candy Bar Stocking Stuffers
First, you'll need the following items:
Here's how to create the label:
Scan the photos you want to include on the label
Open a new page in Microsoft Publisher
Use the Rectangle Tool to create a 7 " high x 5 " wide rectangle
Insert a background image using the INSERT IMAGE function, and then resize it to fit just over the rectangle. Another option is to select the rectangle, and use the FORMAT FILL COLOR function to color the box.
Use INSERT IMAGE to add your photos, and resize them to fit. Measure down 2" from the top of the label, and that's where the top of the front side photo is placed. Set it Ââ? from the left edge.
The backside photo should begin 5" from the top of the label, and be set Ââ? from the left edge.
Insert the text boxes. The "Sweet Memories" and Ingredients text boxes are about 3" wide and 1 1/4" high. Format with the borders and colors that you want. Reflect your own family values in the Ingredients list.
To Print: From the menu, click FILE then PRINT and then click the PROPERTIES button. From this window select "high resolution paper" or "High Brightness" as the Media Type, and select HIGH for the Print Quality to get the bestlooking label. Print the label & cut out carefully.
Folding guidelines: The first fold line is 1 Ââ? from the top of the label, and the second fold line is 4 Ââ? from the top of the label.
Use a small piece of double sided tape to stick the label to itself on the backside snugly.
Now you have your own custom family history themed chocolate bar ready to tuck in Christmas stockings this year. They're guaranteed to put smiles on everyone's face on Christmas morning, and hopefully inspire a bit of curiosity about the family tree.
August Episodes - In order to get the book finished and prepare for some exciting new episodes for Season Two I'm not going to make any promises about how often new episodes will be published in August of 2007. However, I will be putting out a couple of new podcasts as well as doing some blogging on the website so check back often.
Music courtesy of UC Santa Barbara: Deutschlands Ruhm performed by the Johann Strauss Orchestera for Edison Records in 1913. Homeland, sung by the soprano Elizabeth Spencer, recorded by Edison records in 1911
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:00am EST
Sun, 15 July 2007
Published July 15, 2007
GEM: A Long Look Sideways
Have you ever heard the piece of genealogical advice that says if you get stuck with your own ancestor, look sideways - at their siblings, aunts and uncles? Well in this episode we stretch this idea even further by looking at folks who aren't even related to us in order to get a clearer view of our ancestor's lives.
EXAMPLE Here's a list of books that I've found that are about specific locations and experiences that apply to my ancestors:
Places to find old or out of print books:
Ebay.com, Amazon.com, Google Search, Garage Sales
GEM: Finding Your German Ancestors Town of Origin
A little German village can seem like a needle in a haystack when you're starting with ancestors who made it to the shores of America. But once you've found that gem, it will open up all kinds of records from their native land, and likely take you back several more generations.
There are three important pieces to this Ancestral puzzle:
First step: find them in the most recent census and work backwards. Look for immigration information.
The naturalization process created a lot of paperwork, and in that paper work your ancestors were asked for specific information about where they were born, where they immigrated from, the ship they traveled on, and when they arrived in America. Naturalization was applied for at the county courthouse in most cases.
Try the free GenWeb website http://http://usgenweb.com/ for the county where you think your ancestor's applied for citizenship to see what resources they have available. Also, look up the county courthouse online for records and contact information.
Declarations of Intent: The first document filed for citizenship
The more recent the naturalization, the more likely you will find listed the place of birth, date of emigration and the ship on which they sailed.
Brush up on your German border history. Most recent border changes occurred in 1945 and 1871. Wikipedia
Consult a gazetteer at the library or online, and look up the town. This should indicate the parish and Kreis.
Check familysearch.org: Enter the last name, and the country as Germany to see if people with the same last name are listed in the same location you have pinpointed in Germany.
Also, Search PLACE under the Family History Library link to find out what records they hold for that village. Suggestion: Put the village name in the first field and the kreis in the second.
Next, Timelines are a great tool for seeing the bigger picture and determining how the little bits of information fall within it.
One of my favorite German sites is Genealogy.net German Genealogy website http://www.genealogienetz.de/reg/ger1871.htm
Email me & Visit the complete website at lisalouisecooke.com
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:58pm EST
Sun, 8 July 2007
SHOW NOTES Published July 8, 2007
GEM: Colorado History
The song That Railroad Rag performed by Edward Meeker.is an Edison Recording from 1912, Courtesy of the University of California, Santa Barbara
GEM: Vehicular Forensics
Applying your own CSI "Alternative Light Source" to reveal the license plate number on an a car in an old photo.
Compare the plate with plated found on LicensePlates.TV
Check the state's Department of Motor Vehicles website for license history
Try the state's archive website online catalog for 'motor vehicle records'
Book Alert: No more note taking required! My new book The Comprehensive Guide to Season One of the Genealogy Gems Podcast -The First Twenty Episodes is set for publication in August / September 2007. Subscribe to the newsletter for special notification.
Ragtime music courtesy of Frederick Hodges
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:54pm EST