November, 2014

Episode #8: “Happy Dankegiving” | The German-American Genealogist Podcast

November 25, 2014 Josiah Schmidt Podcast

Download file Published 24 November 2014 Did you know that the “First Thanksgiving” was not actually the first Thanksgiving? Or that some of the Native Americans who greeted the Pilgrims already spoke English? Or that the Thanksgiving feast of 1621 was actually a three day celebration, and that turkey was probably not on the menu? […]

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Episode #7: “It’s Alive!” | The German-American Genealogist Podcast

November 18, 2014 Josiah Schmidt Podcast

Download file Published 17 November 2014 Put away that Ouija Board. You may not need to summon the dead to get your genealogical quandaries solved. You might find the answers you seek by locating and connecting with your living relatives. There are many reasons for wanting to find living relatives–whether it’s to locate an heir […]

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Episode #6: “Family History Interview Strategies” | The German-American Genealogist Podcast

November 11, 2014 Josiah Schmidt PodcastPublications

Download file Published 10 November 2014 Your loved ones aren’t going to be around forever. Have you ever wanted to sit down and ask your dad about his experience in the war, or interview your grandma to get her life story, but haven’t been sure how to conduct the interview and how to ask the […]

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This Month: Get 10 Hours of Research For Price of 6

November 6, 2014 Josiah Schmidt Announcements

I had so many positive comments after I offered the “2 free hours of research” special earlier this year that I decided to offer another special, in time for the holidays. This time, I am offering an extra 4 free hours of research when you purchase a commission of 6 hours, for a total of 10 hours. If […]

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Episode #5: “Birthplace Hunting Made Easy” | The German-American Genealogist Podcast

November 4, 2014 Josiah Schmidt Podcast

Download file Published 3 November 2014 Have you ever pulled your hair out trying to find the birth place of your immigrant ancestor? Well, save your hair line, because this whole episode is devoted to that very topic. In this episode, we talk about how an examination of the first household your immigrant ancestor inhabited […]

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German Genealogy Tip #33: “Rufname”, A Person’s Preferred Name, Was Often Underlined

November 3, 2014 Josiah Schmidt German Genealogy Tips

On one of my previous posts, a commenter named “Franz” mentioned a very helpful tip: Germans often had several given names. Many times, German individuals’ “first names” were very common: Johann or Hans or Anna or Martha. In order to differentiate themselves, they would go by one of their less common middle names: Balthasar, Karl, […]

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Limited Time: 20% Off New Book “2000 Questions for Grandparents” (Only $11.99)

November 2, 2014 Josiah Schmidt AnnouncementsPublications

Barnes & Noble is now carrying my new book, “2000 Questions for Grandparents: Unlocking Your Family’s Hidden History“. In celebration, I have asked my distributor to lower the price by 20% for the next 24 hours, to $11.99. If you’re looking for a Christmas present for mom or dad, this would make a meaningful gift. Find […]

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German Genealogy Tip #32: A Married Couple Usually Lived in the Husband’s Hometown

November 1, 2014 Josiah Schmidt German Genealogy Tips

In pre-20th century Germany, individuals usually married others who lived nearby, but every so often, a man and a wife from different towns were united in marriage. When this happened, the woman usually went to live with the man’s family, and rarely the other way around. There are a few reasons for this: If a […]

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