Weekly column sharing genealogy-related things that I’ve found.
Took a break from things a little bit ago and indexed a batch of Chicago church records for FamilySearch. Moments after submitting my batch, I received an email indicating that I had reached a “significant and rare milestone” of 1,000 batches indexed. I had no idea I’d done that. I’m guessing the bulk of it was from the 1940 census.
Back in January, I acquired several church records for my family from Bromberg, Posen, Preußen. While I have had luck deciphering most of them (thanks to my handy book German-English Genealogical Dictionary and, of course, Google Translate), there are a few that I’m having trouble reading. I thought maybe my readers would be able to offer a hand.
There are four records, which I will describe briefly below. I have uploaded PDFs for each, which includes the full-page image as well as any close-ups. The text I’m struggling with is highlighted. Any help would be greatly (very greatly!!) appreciated. You are welcome to leave a comment (which is nice so others can see) or you can email me privately.
March 28, 2014, marks the 150th anniversary of the Charleston Riot that took place in this Illinois town during the Civil War. To commemorate and share the history of the Riot, a three-day event has been put together for March 28-30, 2014, in Charleston. The event is free, with the exception of the Saturday dinner, where tickets are $30 (I heard about a week ago they were close to selling out). There are a variety of activities planned over the three-day period. The dinner on Saturday night will feature noted Lincoln scholar, Harold Holzer, who is a fantastic and entertaining speaker (well worth the $30 admission!). To learn more about the event, including a schedule of activities, visit The Charleston Illinois Riot website.
Photo: Charleston, Illinois, courthouse. The photo is in the public domain and available at Wikipedia.
This post is long overdue since I discovered this trick about six months ago. But, I’m writing it now due in part to Michael John Neill’s recent blog post Churches That Do Not Exist; They Can’t Spell Lutheran; and Why Search Terms Occasionally Are Part of the Citation.
Back in March 2013, Archives.com released digitized collections for Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Birth, Baptism and Confirmation Records, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Death and Burial Records, and Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Marriage Records. Knowing that my Müller family in Chicago attended an ELCA church (and knowing that the archives had possession of their church’s records), I was ecstatic! It was at that time that I started my seven-day free trial so I could check them out.