Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Müller & Schulz research - a double surname whammy ...

How many different ways are these surnames found recorded in Milwaukee records: Schulz Schulze Schultz Schultze, or Miller Mueller Moeller Möller Müller Muller -- what did I leave out?

(I'll save the "Mayer" research quandry for another posting.)

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Where is Hilarius Schlömmer buried?

There are some subtleties to interpreting church records and even German newspaper clippings that become more obvious the more you use these resources: In this thread posted on genealogy message boards, the question is: where is Hilarius Schlömmer  / Schloemmer buried (d. Aug. 1884)?

Over 3500 messages with research information ...

I've posted over 3500 messages of research information on genealogy message boards. A recent response compares a very simple English language death notice in the Milwaukee Journal for Julius Lasche with clippings found in Milwaukee's German language papers of 1915.: multiple death notices, 2 obits., 1 with photo, and the followup "thank you" (Danksagung).

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Memorial for Anna Heinl

Two notices for Anna Heinl: from a local German language paper and the evening edition of the English daily. The information is similar, but not identical; the German notice includes a comment about the event and the name of the cemetery. One is clearly a memorial, the other is a helpful, but perfunctory piece of information.

Friday, February 15, 2013

A wealth of research information for many of our 99%

Two obituaries for John Gstoettner, one with a picture, in addition to multiple death notices in multiple papers - a real family research treat. There was even an article describing the funeral and burial -- and he wasn't a beer baron?

If you're looking for depth of research it's important to check for multiple obituaries, compare the selection of death notices in multiple papers, check for a burial article, check the Danksagung for the unique information that can be found there. (yes, genealogy lady, there really is valuable information in the Danksagung).


Sunday, January 27, 2013

inspiration from Rabbi Hecht ...

Besides assisting the average family researcher, inspiration for continuing work in the German newspapers comes from the papers themselves, like the theme of Rabbi Hecht's series in the 1880s: "Be true to thyself!" (Der Herold, Milwaukee, Wis.).