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New Service: Custom Children’s Storybook Starring YOUR Ancestor!

December 25, 2014 Josiah Schmidt Announcements

Excited to announce my new Family History Storybook Service! Have your family history turned into a custom-made, richly-illustrated children’s book! The star of the book can be your mom and/or dad, your grandparent, or even your distant ancestor from long ago. These informative keepsake books can be enjoyed by your children or grandchildren, and even […]

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The German-American Genealogist Podcast Will Return in 2015!

December 1, 2014 Josiah Schmidt Podcast

The German-American Genealogist Podcast will be taking a break this month, to return in 2015. In the meantime, if you’ve missed any of the previous episodes, now is your chance to catch up: Episode #8: “Happy Dankegiving” – an exploration of German Thanksgiving practices and busting myths about the Pilgrims’ 1621 Thanksgiving feast Episode #7: […]

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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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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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Episode #3: “All About Death” | The German-American Genealogist Podcast

October 21, 2014 Josiah Schmidt Podcast

Download file Published 20 October 2014 Happy Halloween! To celebrate the spooky and the macabre, this episode of the podcast is dedicated to exploring the records left behind by our ancestors after their deaths. How to find a death certificate, how to find a newspaper obituary, how to find cemetery burial records, and how to […]

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German Genealogy Tip #21: Departure Passenger Lists Often Give Birth Town

October 20, 2014 Josiah Schmidt German Genealogy Tips

If you’re having trouble finding your German ancestor’s birthplace, it can pay to find their passenger list from when they departed Germany. Especially if they departed from Hamburg or Bremen, there is a good chance that their birth place or town of origin is listed on the passenger list. When an emigrant left Germany, they would […]

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German Genealogy Tip #7: Anglicized German Names

October 7, 2014 Josiah Schmidt German Genealogy Tips

Something you will inevitably find when you research German ancestors who immigrated to America are names that changed to something more “English sounding”. Can you blame somebody named “Balthasar” for desiring a name that fits in a little better in Ameria? Some Germans would change their names only slightly: Wilhelms would become Bills, and Adelheids […]

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Episode #1: “German-American Day” | The German-American Genealogist Podcast

October 7, 2014 Josiah Schmidt Podcast

Download file Published 6 October 2014 The very first episode of The German-American Genealogist Podcast! In this episode, we discuss the history of German-American Day, October 6th, and the struggle of German-Americans to find their place in the national fabric. We also discuss tips for researching German ancestors: things you need to know about your […]

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German Genealogy Tip #6: In Germany, People Used Their Occupation as a Title

October 5, 2014 Josiah Schmidt German Genealogy Tips

When looking at genealogical records in Germany, especially from the pre-20th century era, you will often find that individuals’ names were prefixed by their job title. These occupational prefixes were capitalized, so don’t confuse the job title for being part of their given name. Common examples are: Taglöhner Johann Brack (English: day laborer Johann Brack) Leinweber […]

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