Monday, April 21, 2014

A man's castle; house images found in Milwaukee's historic German newspapers

Milwaukee's East Side, 1898
Milwaukee's historic German language newspapers have many real estate advertisements that include images like this architect's rendering of an East Side address from 1898.
This  advert. for the house and side lot includes the old version of the address so I dug up the current address at the library. This home became someone's 'castle' in about 1898 and it's still here in 2014, with changes.

I have a growing list of citations for adverts. and featured addresses with architectural renderings or photos from the German papers.
Milwaukee's East Side, 2014

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Unlikely sources for research training

PBS runs a lot of great programming that provides suitable training for researchers: nature programs, British mysteries; cop series (George Gently; Lewis; Morse, etc.), and many of the Masterpiece Theater offerings over the years featuring adaptions of Dickens, Fielding, Trollope, and Conan-Doyle ('Sherlock' adaptions have even proved prescient).
Who knew that episodes in a series about our national parks would mirror the experience of creating an index from otherwise completely neglected German language newspapers - found in libraries?

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.