genealogy

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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Different Y-DNA results from different companies?

August 17, 2014 Josiah Schmidt Tidbits

Did you get slightly different Y-STR values in your Y-DNA test results, if you took the test from two different companies? Fear not. This happened to me when I took Ancestry.com’s 46-marker Y-DNA test (which is no longer for sale) and then a year later, took FamilyTreeDNA.com’s 37-marker Y-DNA test. Now, the two Y-DNA tests […]

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Case Study: Who are the Parents of Mary Elizabeth (Morris) Mills?

October 21, 2013 Josiah Schmidt Case Studies

The mystery of my great great grandmother Mary Elizabeth (Morris) Mills begins with an entry in the book, “The Descendants of Sterling & Reuben Mills: Two Brothers From East Tennessee,” by Michael Glenn Gibson, published in 2009.  It comes in a section describing her husband, Charles Harold Mills (1877-1966), which states that Charles Harold Mills […]

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How to Use Jr, Sr, II, III, etc. (with Cartoons)

October 20, 2013 Josiah Schmidt CartoonsTutorial

Ever wondered what qualifies a person to put a “II” or “III” after their name, or what the difference is between a “II” and a “Jr”?  Learn how to use generational suffixes, with a little help from cartoons.  (Who doesn’t love cartoons?) Rule #1: Parent & Child with Same Name = Sr. + Jr. This […]

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The Perils of Being a Young Genealogist

October 9, 2013 Josiah Schmidt Methodology Articles

Many people generally view genealogy as a retired person’s hobby–a pastime of sweet, old ladies nostalgically reminiscing about days gone by.  This is not entirely accurate.  One report from 2009 revealed that of the nine million Internet users who describe “genealogy” as a “core passion/hobby,” 7.5 million are 45 years or older.1  While this may […]

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