German Journeymen & Wanderbuch’s

The Wandering Years On my recent trip to Germany, I caught a news story on TV that was of interest to me (although my understanding of spoken German is very limited) and perhaps to others with German heritage. The story was about a traveling craftsman and his wanderbuch.  This gentleman was an apprentice bricklayer, and […]

Using a German Website

Happy New Year! Already in the middle of the first month, can you believe it?  Time is going fast and now is the time to start thinking of travel plans for the spring or summer.  I wanted to talk a bit about our upcoming trip to the Northwest of Germany in May.  One of our […]

Freiburg Archives

We spent a day in the lovely town of Freiburg, which is in very southern Germany.  Our first stop was to the Staatsarchiv Freiburg.  We had a wonderful overview of the Archive by a Herr Strauss.  He had prepared a great lecture and showed us how to navigate their website by showing us what is […]

Black Forest Heritage

So off to the “Vogtsbauernhof” Black Forest Freilichtmuseum on Tuesday.  Weather seems to be holding and we had a beautiful ride down through the countryside.  Rolling green hills (or a little bit bigger than hills) with the tall pine trees that give the “Black Forest” their name.  In the midst of the green mountainside typical […]

Baden Heritage Trip 2012

So, no time for a newsletter this month but here is an update on our Baden trip. Third day in Germany and things are great! We dodged rainfall today when it only rained when we were inside and when we were outside the sun came out. Temps were good too. After spending the first day […]

Notes on Irish Research Trip

I’m back home to the HEAT after a nice cool trip around Ireland. Here are a few notes about our trip. So on Sunday the group arrived in Dublin and we met for a quick bite before some of us decided to take a Historical Walking tour. We met our young guide, a graduate of […]