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Register Now: FGS 2014 Conference in San Antonio, 27-30 August 2014

“Gone to Texas” – A Conference for the Nation’s Genealogists

March 27, 2014 – Austin, TX. Online registration is now open for the 2014 Federation of Genealogical
Societies (FGS) Conference, scheduled 27‐30 August 2014 in San Antonio, Texas. Register at
http://www.fgsconference.org by 1 July 2014 for an early‐bird discount. This year’s conference theme is
“Gone to Texas,” and the local hosts are the San Antonio Genealogical and Historical Society (SAGHS)
and the Texas State Genealogical Society (TSGS).

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A Breakthrough in the Emil Müller Case

How appropriate—it’s been four years to the day that I last wrote about any progress on the case of my second great-grandfather, Emil Müller.  Sadly, it’s taken about that long to make much progress, but I have made some major breakthroughs that I thought I’d share.

Last March, Archives.com released a collection of Evangelical Lutheran Church of America records.  To say I was ecstatic would be an understatement, as I knew I wanted to get my hands on those records, knowing the Müller family attended a church in Chicago that eventually became a part of the ELCA (I also knew that the records were a part of the ELCA archives).  Armed with a seven-day trial, I managed to find some records.  No real breakthroughs at that point, although I uncovered a possible second marriage for Emil (which was confirmed).

Several months passed, and by August, I decided to set aside some time to do more work on this family by going though all the church records.  So I signed up for a one-month subscription to Archives.com and got to work.  I knew the family had been associated with the church through at least three generations (now I know it is actually four), which meant a lot of record browsing.  I went through nearly 100 years of baptisms, marriages, and deaths.  I looked at each entry, concerning myself not only with the Müller surname (as either primary participants or witnesses) but the surnames of witnesses I found in Müller events.

Cluster genealogy is a wonderful thing, and to make a very long story short, by late October, I was able to give Emil a mother and a brother.  Additionally, I learned the whole identity of his mother, thereby giving Emil an uncle and some first cousins.

Fortunately, back in September 2012, I had identified a potential area in Prussia where Emil came from.  I had it narrowed down to Bromberg, Posen, Prussia.  Bromberg is a city, and “county” and a “state” so who knew what would come of this information.  Another fortunate find was a village name listed in one of his mother’s church records.  The village of Maximilanowo, situated in Bromberg Kreis (county) suggested that Emil was probably from this smaller village.

Anyway, back in October 2013, I actually found an index entry for him in the Germany Births and Baptisms, 1558-1898 database at FamilySearch.  No doubt it was him, and I also found an entry for his brother and his mother.  I couldn’t wait until January to walk into the Family History Library and retrieve the records. 

I don’t know when this family got so easy!  Really, it didn’t, or at least it wouldn’t have, if I hadn’t taken the time to comb through all those church records using the cluster genealogy technique.  And while I did obtain those baptism records and more, I also uncovered some additional information that I was not expecting, but that’s a story for another time.  In the meantime, here are the three baptism records I obtained.

Emil August Müller Baptism Record

MILLER, Emil Baptism Register (Page 1)

MILLER, Emil Baptism Register (Page 2)

Source:  Evangelishcen Gemeine zu Bromberg [Evangelical Congregation of Bromberg] (Bromberg, Bromberg, Posen, Prussia), “Taufen [Baptisms], 1862-1864,” entry no. 1310, p. 486, baptism of Emil August Müller (1863); FHL microfilm 245,344.

Entry no. 1310  /  born 15 December 1863  /  Legitimate male  /  born in Bromberg  /  baptized 27 December 1863  /  given name, Emil August  /  Pastor Romberg  /  father, Friedrich Müller  /  mother, Maria Wojan  /  parents both of the Evangelical faith  /  father’s occupation, tailor  /  witnesses:  Gottlieb Wojan, a potter, and Albertina[?] Thiede, a single female.

Eduard Friedrich Müller  Baptism Record

MILLER, Eduard Baptism Register (Page 1)

MILLER, Eduard Baptism Register (Page 2)

Source:  Evangelishcen Gemeine zu Bromberg [Evangelical Congregation of Bromberg] (Bromberg, Bromberg, Posen, Prussia), “Taufen [Baptisms], 1859-1861,” entry no. 929, p. 405, baptism of Eduard Friedrich Müller (1860); FHL microfilm 245,343.

Entry no. 929  /  born 4 October 1860  /  Legitimate male  /  born in Bromberg  /  baptized 14 October 1860  /  given name, Eduard Friedrich  /  Pastor Romberg  /  father, Friendrich Müller  /  mother, Maria Wojan  /  parents both of the Evangelical faith  /  father’s occupation, tailor  /  witnesses:  Ottilie Michaeles[?], a single female, and Johann Lang, [occupation ?].

Maria Petronella Wojahn Baptism Record

WOJAHN, Maria 9413 - 1837 Baptism Register (Page 1)

WOJAHN, Maria 9413 - 1837 Baptism Register (Page 2)

Source:  Evangelishcen Gemeine zu Bromberg [Evangelical Congregation of Bromberg] (Bromberg, Bromberg, Posen, Prussia), “Taufen [Baptisms], 1837-1841,” entry no. 216, p. 41, baptism of Maria Petronella Wojahn (1837); FHL microfilm 245,338. 

Entry no. 215  /  born 30 April 1837  /  Legitimate female  /  born in Maximilanowo  /  baptized 15 May 1837  /  given name, Maria Petronella  /  Pastor [?]  /  father, Johann Wojahn  /  mother, Elisabeth Niemann  /  parents both of the Evangelical faith  /  father’s occupation, [?]  /  witnesses:  Michael Wichmann[?], [occupation ?]; Christian Potratz, ditto; Regine Ristau, [?], Maria Niemann, ditto.

Book Review – Finding Dolores: An Adoptee’s Mid-Life Search for the Beginning

FindingTitle:  Finding Dolores: An Adoptee’s Mid-Life Search for the Beginning

Author:  Thomas W. Muldary, Ph.D.

Format:  Kindle

Published:  2011

Synopsis:  (from Amazon) Finding Dolores is a compelling true story of perseverance and triumph over failure and adversity. It details an extraordinary journey against all odds to learn the truth, connect with genetic history, and claim a birth right. For some, Finding Dolores is a virtual guide for adoption searches, with informative resources and facts about the experiences and challenges of adoptees, birth parents, adoptive parents, and anyone touched by adoption. Above all, it is a source of inspiration and hope, which are essential for adoptees if they are ever to learn the most fundamental truths of their existence: their origins.

Muldary takes you his emotional roller coaster ride of the search for his birth family in this wonderfully written and engaging book.  Through his fluid writing, you share in the happiness associated with his triumphs and the sorrow associated with certain realities.  Even if you are not an adoptee, you still feel all his emotions and find yourself rooting him on during his journey for the truth.

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Entries Are Being Accepted for the 2014 Dallas Genealogical Society Writing Contest

Submissions for the Dallas Genealogical Society 2014 Writing Competition are due by April 1, 2014.  You do not have to be a DGS member to enter and articles do not necessarily have to relate to the Dallas area.

Articles are to be 1,500-5,000 words in length, unpublished, and should fall into one of the following categories:

  • advanced methodologies and case studies (not limited by geography)
  • family histories and genealogies, linked to North Texas, including those who came from or left to settle elsewhere
  • historical events in North Texas with a local family connection
  • ethnic, house, or military histories related to North Texas

Monetary prizes will be awarded as follows:

  • First Place – $500
  • Second Place – $300
  • Third Place – 150

Winners will be announced in July.

Complete details, including rules and submission guidelines, can be found here (opens a PDF).

Need some convincing to write about your genealogy research?  See my post 4 Reasons to Convert Your Genealogy Research Into Writing.