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The Fuggerei – Augsburg, Germany

The year has flown by again and here I am staring 2017 in the face!  Before the year was over I wanted to re-visit some of the places I’ve traveled this year and share some of the interesting places with you. After our September Rhineland tour, my partner Matthias and I spent a few days […]

TEN TIPS FOR DECIPHERING OLD GERMAN HANDWRITING

For many of us we put off working on our German ancestors because we are afraid of having to read the Old German script, chicken scratch we say!  But you absolutely have to be able to read some things, as German church book records are one of the main ways to follow your family line […]

Impressions of Mecklenburg

Our Mecklenburg tour ended about a week ago and I think I can say it was successful, although we had our worries. This was a tough place for finding contacts. First off, Mecklenburg is a beautiful area, I keep calling it “big sky country” lots of open fields and wide expanses of sky. Lucky for […]

10 THINGS TO KNOW WHEN STARTING GERMAN GENEALOGY RESEARCH

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 […]

German Genealogy Tour NW 2014 Part Two

So we sent everyone out via train to visit their hometowns last Wednesday and usually we have to wait until they come back in the evening (or next day) until we find out how their day went, but this time Matthias and I were taking one couple to visit their hometowns too.  We headed first […]