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Bertus Grass Prepares to Emigrate from Ostfriesland
This document from 1876 appears in the microfilmed copies of the Auswanderungskonses (1842-1919)  that the Family History Library has on microfilm.  This set of microfilmed materials only applies to those individuals who were leaving the Ostfriesland area o...
This document from 1876 appears in the microfilmed copies of the Auswanderungskonses (1842-1919) that the Family History Library has on microfilm.  This set of microfilmed materials only applies to those individuals who were ...
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A Christening for Johann George Trautvetter in 1798
This was another of my big finds at the Family History Library in Salt Lake: the baptismal record for Johann George Trautvetter from 1798 in Salzungen, Thuringen, Germany. I located records for two other children of Erasmus and Anna Katharina (Gross) Trautv...
This was another of my big finds at the Family History Library in Salt Lake: the baptismal record for Johann George Trautvetter from 1798 in Salzungen, Thuringen, Germany. I located records for two other children of Erasmus a...
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In Support of My Son Focke
This is probably one of the greatest finds I have ever had at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City. I mentioned Focke Goldenstein's emigration materials from Ostfriesland, Germany, in an earlier blog post (" Focke Gets Permission to Immigrate in 187...
This is probably one of the greatest finds I have ever had at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City. I mentioned Focke Goldenstein's emigration materials from Ostfriesland, Germany, in an earlier blog post ("Focke Gets...
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Memorial Day Webinar Sale Ends today!
Memorial Day 20% Sale If you missed our 20% off sale, it's back on for Memorial Day-ending 25 May-- and before the old inventory is physically removed from the host site at the end of the month. Download now and view the presentation as many times as you wa...
Memorial Day 20% Sale If you missed our 20% off sale, it's back on for Memorial Day-ending 25 May-- and before the old inventory is physically removed from the host site at the end of the month. Download now and view the pre...
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What Happened After Ameling Died?
I haven't had time to translate it yet, but this 1839 entry from the Evangelical church in Aurich, Ostfriesland, Germany indicates that Ameling Jansen Sartorius died on 28 January 1839. Married in Aurich in 1833, Ameling left behind his wife Meta Margareta ...
I haven't had time to translate it yet, but this 1839 entry from the Evangelical church in Aurich, Ostfriesland, Germany indicates that Ameling Jansen Sartorius died on 28 January 1839. Married in Aurich in 1833, Ameling left...
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20% off webinar sale back on for Memorial Day
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Memorial Day 20% Sale If you missed our 20% off sale, it's back on for Memorial Day and before the old inventory is physically removed from the host site at the end of the month. Download now and view the presentation as man...
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More Lines Over Letters to Indicate Double Consonants
In an earlier blog post, we mentioned lines above consonants being used as a short hand to indicate a double letter. The sample item in that discussion was from the late 19th century in Nebraska, by a pastor whose ethnicity was unknown, but was probably Ger...
In an earlier blog post, we mentioned lines above consonants being used as a short hand to indicate a double letter. The sample item in that discussion was from the late 19th century in Nebraska, by a pastor whose ethnicity w...
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Nebraska Needs Order in the 1880s. At least according to Ancestry.com
I understand organization,but some organization I can do without. In 2013, I wrote a post called " Is Ancestry.com Putting Households in ABC Order ?" Apparently they still are. The 1885 Nebraska State Census lists the household of Frank Goldenstein in the f...
I understand organization,but some organization I can do without. In 2013, I wrote a post called "Is Ancestry.com Putting Households in ABC Order?" Apparently they still are. The 1885 Nebraska State Census lists the househol...
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Webinars in June
We are still accepting registrations for 4 webinars upcoming in June--registration entitles you to a complimentary recording of the presentation after it has been processed. This way if your schedule changes you still get the presentation. Topics are: War o...
We are still accepting registrations for 4 webinars upcoming in June--registration entitles you to a complimentary recording of the presentation after it has been processed. This way if your schedule changes you still get the...
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Citation Creating and Error Reduction
We are usually told to cite our sources because it allows us to go back and find things again if necessary and it assists us in the analysis of information. Another reason: Reducing errors created by the researcher. Creating citations after the research has...
We are usually told to cite our sources because it allows us to go back and find things again if necessary and it assists us in the analysis of information. Another reason: Reducing errors created by the researcher. Creating ...
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Mary, Mary...That's not Contrary
This document comes from the guardianship of Mary Brown in Middlesex County, Massachusetts. The mother and daughter are requesting that the court appoint a local man as the daughter's guardian. [begin transcription] [For it?] my Desier and my Daughter Mary ...
This document comes from the guardianship of Mary Brown in Middlesex County, Massachusetts. The mother and daughter are requesting that the court appoint a local man as the daughter's guardian. [begin transcription] [For it?]...
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The recent update on FamilySearch of the 1892 New York state census reminded me that the name of one family for which I was looking is always hopelessly misspelled: Desmarais. When I can, I've taken to searching without using...
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