I recently attended an all day seminar with one of the leading German experts.  Lectures were very interesting as were the questions the audience asked, they ranged from complicated to basic. It reminded me that when you are starting out with German research its helpful to know a few things going in.  A few months […]

Mardi Gras, Fasching, Karneval- whatever, Let’s Party

Mardi Gras, actually French for “Fat Tuesday”, refers to the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent’s 40 days of repentance that ends on Easter Sunday. Bringing out the wild side of people, Fat Tuesday, or Mardi Gras as it is more commonly referred to, is filled with events to tempt the final moments […]

Who Do You Think You Are experience for the Average Joe!

It’s amazing to me how quickly the world just gets to be a smaller place.  The internet has opened a new world in the ability to connect with people all over the world and sometimes it holds some fun surprises! I also was thinking about what our immigrant ancestors would think of all the descendants […]

Hometown Visit with German TV Crew

Finally, our Television debut on German TV!  Last September on our small group tour to the Rhineland area we were joined by a German TV crew after a journalist had contacted me asking if we would allow them to follow us around.  We said yes and they were with the group for a couple days […]

Familienbuch, Burgerbuch and Ortssippenbuchs

On our Rhineland trip this year (2013) we visited and toured the Evangelische Archivestelle Boppard (the Evangelish Church Archives in Boppard) This depository has microfilms and many books for the Protestant church records in the Rhineland, we were shown their collection of Familienbuchs and were taken down into the stacks where we were shown some […]

Travel Diary Part Two

Tues 17th –  Today we head to the ancient city of Trier, famous for its ‘”Porta Nigra” the Black Gate from when the Romans ruled here.  We are getting our folks used to the train and it seems like we meet new friends on and off the train!    We approached the Gate and of […]

Cruising the Rhine and Hometown #2

One thing I would like to suggest if you visit Germany is to definly try to squeeze in a cruise up or down the Rhine River, even if it is just a day trip like we do so often. There is no better vantage point than from the middle of the River and it is […]