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 […]

Water Castles in Munsterland

On my recent post I talked about visiting a landlord’s house in Northwest Westphalia. It made me wonder who did the landlord answer to? He was the collector but was there someone over him. In some cases the landlord of a large farm was the collector for the noble family or church “owner” of the […]

WDYTYA & Hessian Soldiers

Did you watch last week’s WDYTYA and follow Rob Lowe’s journey of finding his ancestor that had been a Hessian soldier that fought in the American Revolutionary War?  Do you have or think you may have a “Hessian soldier” in your background?   Then here is a site from the Archives in Marburg, Hesse, Germany that […]

You Must Go Home Again

When you are researching your German ancestors don’t forget to mine all the resources from the towns they lived in.  Perhaps before they settled someplace permanently they lived in several states and there were major life events that happened in that town.  Marriages, births, deaths or maybe just a mention in the local paper, these […]

U.S. Naturalization Process

I’ve been cleaning my office (ugh) but I am finding a bunch of helpful things. This post is one of them. One step that might be helpful to finding your ancestor’s hometown is to check to see if they were naturalized.  This was an article I found on the Baden-Wuerttemberg mail list.  Hope it helps! […]