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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German Genealogy Tip #31: FamilySearch Has Free German Records

October 30, 2014 Josiah Schmidt German Genealogy Tips

If you’d like to see and use actual, physical images of genealogical records from Germany, many of them are available for completely free on FamilySearch.org. There are far more records on FamilySearch than the handful of transcribed/indexed records you get through regular the “search” function. To explore all that FamilySearch has to offer, you will need […]

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German Genealogy Tip #30: People Can Get Their Age Wrong

October 30, 2014 Josiah Schmidt German Genealogy Tips

Scenario: Your ancestor gives an approximate birth year of 1870 for himself in all of the censuses during his adulthood. You find a birth certificate that matches him in every detail, but the birth certificate implies he is born in 1861. Can this possibly be him? The answer: Yes, it can be. Don’t get too […]

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German Genealogy Tip #29: Use the German Phone Book to Find Surname Concentrations

October 28, 2014 Josiah Schmidt German Genealogy Tips

Do you have a German immigrant ancestor whom you have absolutely no idea where in Germany they came from? Most of us do. One great method for finding clues on where they might have come from is to use the modern-day German phone book, which is available online at: http://www.dastelefonbuch.de/ Here’s how it works. If the […]

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Episode #4: “What’s in a Word?” | The German-American Genealogist Podcast

October 28, 2014 Josiah Schmidt Podcast

Episode 4: What’s in a Word? Download file Published 27 October 2014 What’s in a word? When doing German genealogy, it pays to recognize that the way German words are used can have profound meaning for locating and understanding your German ancestors. In this episode, find out how and why German towns changed their names […]

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