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Checking Out Chicago’s Old German Newspapers

Wait…what?  Julie’s working on her own genealogy?  Yes, it’s been quite some time since I’ve been able to work on my own family history, much less blog about it.  Sadly, I’ve been sitting on this find since May 2014, yikes!  But today, with actual free time (I know, shocking!!), I decided to work on my ever-growing pile of “stuff” accumulated from various research trips over the last few years.  It’s a neat find and I thought I’d share it with my genealogy buddies.

Over the last few years (when I have time, that is), I have been working on a few of my German lines, using German records both in the United States and abroad.  Stepping into this land of records is challenging due to the fact that the language AND the handwriting/text is foreign.  While I don’t have total command over this obstacle yet, I continue to grow.  Heck, I found this tiny little notice about my second great-grandfather’s death, despite the fact that his name was spelled wrong.  How often have we overlooked a short notice in a newspaper that’s written in our native tongue?  (I’ve got my hand raised!)  What’s more, I haven’t seen this newspaper clipping (or much else in German script) for almost a year, and I could still glance at it and find what I needed!  Boy, if I can do it, anyone can!!  Though I’ll admit, I had my cheat-sheet with me, that has all of my surnames shown in the German script used in the newspaper so I could easily identify them.  I blogged about doing the same thing for German handwriting while perusing German church records (see Tip for German Research – Write it Out…in GERMAN!).

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Surname Saturday – REEDER (France / Georgia / Iowa)

Mary Eva REEDER (or LASSER) is my second great-grandmother. I am not certain if Reeder or Lasser is her maiden name because each of the records I currently have list one or the other. I suppose it’s possible that she was married once before and that one of the names could be a married name. Perhaps one day I will know the answer, but for now, I’m sticking with Reeder. This family has been difficult to research for many reasons, but mainly because they moved around the country several times.  My direct line ancestors are in blue.

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Fearless Females – Brick Walls

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.

Is there a female ancestor who is your brick wall? Why? List possible sources for finding more information.

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SNGF – “Heritage Pie” Chart

This week’s challenge from Randy is:

  • List your 16 great-great-grandparents with their birth, death and marriage data (dates and places).
  • Determine the countries (or states) that these ancestors lived in at their birth and at their death.
  • For extra credit, go make a “Heritage Pie” chart for the country of origin (birth place) for these 16 ancestors. [Hint: you could use the  chart generator from Kid Zone for this.] [Note: Thank you to Sheri Fenley for the “Heritage Pie” chart idea.]
  • Tell us about it in your own blog post, in a comment to this post, or in a post on Facebook or google+.

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