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Surname Saturday: Schwartz (Luxembourg / Illinois)

This week I get to talk about one of my favorite families: SCHWARTZ.  It’s one of my favorites because they came from Luxembourg, which is such a wonderful place to research.  Despite the records being in German (old script at that) and/or French, neither of which I can actually read, records are abundant and readily available.  And, the women are kind enough to keep their maiden name with them at all times!  I’ve found a ton of information on this and my other Luxembourg families, in a very short period of time.  There’s still a lot of work to do, but they’ve probably been one of the easier groups of people to research.

The earliest Schwartz I’ve reached is Laurentius (a.k.a. Lorentz) SCHWARTZ, who is my fifth great-grandfather.  I don’t know much about him, his wife, or any other children, besides the child I descend from.

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Surname Saturday: Cahill (Ireland / Illinois)

This is my first Surname Saturday post, so I figured I’d start with my maiden name.  I’ll probably work in order by ahnetafel number just so I don’t lose my mind trying to remember what names I’ve done.

My CAHILL clan hails from Thomastown, County Kilkenny, Ireland.  Michael CAHILL, my third great-grandfather, it the earliest known/proven ancestor in that line.  At least two of his children left Ireland and settled in Aurora, Kane, Illinois (one son eventually moved to Chicago, Cook, Illinois).

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Dear GeneaSanta, How About Some Research Help

Christmas Wish ListThis year I thought I’d ask GeneaSanta for some research help.  There are a few research projects I’d like to make some progress on, but I need some help.  Help could be in any form:  help with a research plan, access to records, cousins with information, or the people in question could simply fall from the sky (wait, that would be too easy and take the fun out of it).  Here are some of the cases I hope to crack in 2013.

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Fearless Females – Gone Too Soon

Back in 2010, in honor of Women’s History Month, Lisa Alzo created a list of writing prompts for each day during the month of March.  I didn’t participate in 2010, so I’m going to take the opportunity to participate this year, since Lisa was kind enough to resurrect her prompts for 2012.

Did you have any female ancestors who died young or from tragic or unexpected circumstances? Describe and how did this affect the family?

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Peculiar, With a Side of “Huh?”

A few months back, I posted about finding the birth record for Margarethe Kremer, my second great-grandmother.  The record was found in FamilySearch’s Luxembourg Civil Registrations record collection.  Periodically, over the last few months, I’ve  continued to review more of these records, working mainly on the line of Margarethe’s husband Johann Schwatrz.  Research was going well, even though I can’t read German (or even French, which started to appear the further back I went).  I can get the gist of the records since they follow a pre-printed register, and therefore, a (usually) predictable pattern.  While I had much success with the Schwartz family (going back two more generations than previously known), I can’t say the same for the Kremer side.  To illustrate the research path I took and ultimately present my predicament, I will outline what I did, step by step.

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