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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 #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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Index of Vital Records in Iba, Machtlos, and Gilfershausen post-1876

August 20, 2014 Josiah Schmidt AnnouncementsResources

I am happy to announce that I have added a “Free Genealogy Resources” section to my website, at http://www.SchmidtGen.com/Resources.php. My first offering is a set of three indexes I spent hundreds of hours translating and compiling. The indexes cover births, marriages, and deaths in the German towns of Iba, Machtlos, and Gilfershausen in 1876 and […]

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