Discovering A Lost Brother

Discovering A Lost Brother

Everyone’s family tree holds a surprise or two (or three.) Oftentimes, these surprises are either welcomed (hurray, you’ve got royal blood!) or embarrassing (your ancestors owned slaves in the south!) Either way, these surprises add depth, color, and conversation to your family history, and almost always become an important part of the story telling process.

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Understanding Gollub's Stammbuch Entries

Understanding Gollub's Stammbuch Entries

Dr. Hermann Gollub has remained one of the most important researchers and archivist of Salzburger Genealogy amongst any researcher familiar with the group. Born in 1888, he was responsible for the all-important 1934 book Stammbuch der ostpreußischen Salzburger which literally translates to ‘The Studbook of the East Prussian Salzburger.’ Gollub’s book lists thousands of names of those who came to East Prussia from Salzburg in 1731/32.

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Finding Church Records in Prussian-Lithuania

Finding Church Records in Prussian-Lithuania

Any Genealogist or family historian will tell you that church records are amongst the most important repositories of information when conducting research. And they’re right. Before many state governments required vital records to be recorded at their own governmental institutions, it was the duty of religious organizations to record births, deaths, marriages, and the like for their citizens and parishioners. Having these records will advance your research significantly, and often hold the information you need to overcome brick walls.

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Uncovering Grandpa's Adoption

Uncovering Grandpa's Adoption

I discovered lots of photographs, papers, memorabilia from his stint in the army, a briefcase full of papers from his contracting business, and the like. For as much of a legend as grandpa was in my family, his past was quite the mystery to those around him. One thing in particular pushed me over the edge so to speak, to find out more: grandpa was adopted.

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