So in an amazing group called the American Historical Society of Germans from Russia, we had a speaker who was able to go quite in depth about his families passages to Canada and well there is more challenge for your records:
Have you a time line of each person?
Birth: date, location, notes, time, conditions, news paper announcements, declarations, betrothals, inheritance
Religious entry: baptism, ceremony, circumcision notes, welcoming,
Education: did they make it passed grade school? Where? Any teachers comments or cool details?
Employment or contract record: how’s did they make ends meet? Did they trade or barter. Did they just do as their parents taught them? Trade tickets, education advancement certificates
Habitation: rental agreement, land titles, inheritance documents
Legal documents: land titles, sales or auction stubs/receipts, proof of ownership, wills and estate releases, jail time, court documents, tickets, dovorce decrees, warrants, certificates, police records (stolen goods, indecent acts, drunken)
Marriage: was it civil religious or presumed? Full records give the (full details of)parents of the bride and groom? Was there betrothal?engagement? Newspaper announcements? Invitations? Visas issued for travel? Passports for honeymoons?
Babies: any record of the child’s birth can declare the parents where they were born? Miscarriages, still borns, proper burial? Was there formal records? Small town could be registered in the nearest city later…
Census: can you track each one during the area
Phone book records or address card or voting notification cards
Military: draft or volunteer vards, Mia letter, service records, discharge papers
Travel records: was there legit passports or journal records of boarder crossings? Was there any bribe records (cause that is a thing) bills of lading, arrival, departure, immigration, deportations, holding, emigration, passport stamps, lost luggage notes, death at sea, missing in action
Money: they had it or spent it or lacked it… trace bigger chunks of it.
Health records: immunization cards, plague victim lists
Body records: cemetery, funeral arrangements, disposal records, donation acceptance, recovery or transfer
I actually digitalized every piece of paper less books and am going piece by piece sorting and validating every piece of proof. Time lines and legends help. Enjoy the hunt.
There is 30 day trial but the software is 59.50 CAD and can be paid by PayPal even… for those that don’t do credit cards by preference like me… so bonus.
They currently on list 2 add ons:
I had to do some digging on the web from initial links from here in Canada to find the 30 day trial of the software. The install was remotely quick but did require a reboot were the others did not.
This one is connected to myheritage.com and findmypast.Com
The test unit gedcom I have been using contains a lot of mixed data, variable connections and potential links to media. Out of installing and running this gedcom this application was one of two of the 7 that acknowledged potential breaks in media links to images, source files and extra errors like word wrapping. The software felt very intuitive. My test gedcom also has 2 people I know I need to get more hunting done on them.
Data entry on this application is a lot easier due to layout. I am one for newer Tech and I prefer the layout and esthetics in this specific program.
To Compare the same person here is the aspect of Wendelin from screen shots.
Also I am impressed at the built in features that don’t need extra payments from 3rd parties. I may buy it later once I am done my quarterly hint acquisitions from ancestry.
The built in leaf features that ancestry kinda dropped (their software is having transition issues to a new company). It pulls the data- quick enough but cool add-on feature.
To be honest- pending on your sourcing preference (was not a huge fan of myheritage.com) this is a definite buy!
This week I had the uncool news that I needed to tell my friend that her only USB stick bearing all of her university experience and 7 years of family photos will cost her $90-500 CAD to recover since she had it nowhere else- breaking our collective hearts.
To this conversation to prevent the tears again:
do you go cloud?
online application integrations through social connections like family search.org or ancestry.com or myheritage.com?
multiple offline storages?
paper hard copy?
Publish a book and call it?
There are pros and cons to all of the above.
You can get it anywhere there is the internet available
It is expandable
In many cases, you can have it online
Traditionally it is easy to share or control the administrative or viewing only access
more than just genealogy can be shared
The internet is needed to update the files between sites
more often than not there is a tangible reoccurring cost
security issues keep hitting the media
there is a minimum technical comfort level needed.
Parishes from all over the world can look in their records. When my grandfather took a course in the 1980s it went so far as to provide templates in foreign languages to formally request in trade for a donation.
Translation and that conversation will be coming soon. But once you see the jigsaw puzzle pieces shapes the family puzzle can become very clear.
Side entry: Anna Margaretha Sengerin, age 36
In the year above [apparently, 1766, to gauge by the next entry] on Feb. 16 there piously died, fortified with all the sacraments of the church and with general absolution, Anna Margaretha, wife of Johannes Senger, local citizen and tailor, at the age of thirty six. The next day, she was buried in the local cemetery. In attestation of this, the following signed: [signatures] Johannes Senger, Jörg Cohn, J.C. Dietz parish priest [with some ecclesiastical abbrevations I don’t know]
The Lord knows thy name.. Government records may be signed with an X but the priest used the whole name especially since the family may reuse names or better use only colloquial to differentiate family members.
In several cases I have also found the Parish records more effective than the local records since the government ported the bodies or re-used the graves.
Who bought the internment plot- are they related? Perhaps they are executor
Who signed off on the death? – See the family or a professional from the area who can attest the body
Faith is perspective too. I have read journal entries where faith isolates families and prevents unions. Faith can show what the options are if you want to change towns.- Not going there as they are ____. Follow the faith trail- like minded tend to stay together even now.
Due to FOIP (Freedom of Information Privacy) and the statute of limitations generally the dead(or aged living) must be dead (or aged event) of certain given time before documentation is easily accessible. Contacting your local county or provincial registry for specifics.
birth records that are 120 years old or older (from the date of birth)
marriage records that are 75 years or older (from the date of marriage)
death records that are 50 years old or older (from the date of death)
stillbirth records that are 75 years or older (from the date of stillbirth)
When creating a family tree ,persons not dead yet are traditionally kept private due to ID fraud potential . All it takes is birth date name and piece of ID to mangle someone’s life. Score for freedom of information and privacy acts-protecting you and your immediate family.
The idea of life’s details being shared is not for everyone-even when dead. This needs to be honoured.
The part of genealogy that makes the researcher cold is straddling the line between considering a family member’s death as just a number/statistic or a memory that was a part of very interesting part of their life story.
While 6 months pregnant with my first child I scanned this into the shared drive and was shattered. To look at the idea of losing 4 children under the age of 3 to anything breaks my heart… and then to add to that people are actually still debating vaccine use.
You need to remember the dead were people, had lives, loved and been loved. The best way to honor their death is to remember them.
Today is Remembrance Day (November 11)is here in Canada. We honor the fallen of our armed forces to thank them for their absolute sacrifice. The thought for many is a day off for 5 minutes of unified silence -the part many forget is the lives.
The lives we forgot…
My grandparents were born in 1921, 1923 and 1930. The stories I was lucky enough to read and hear. This is a modified version.
The newspapers are taking about the draft. It is that he will get to go to serve to save our country. All able bodied men. And all dad has been talking about is not having food from the farm to help the boys that are not yet men. We’ve been knitting in class many things for the men already at the front.
~could you imagine your brother, cousin, neighbor whose over 16 excited to go save the neighborhood…
He sends letter from the bay of something. The Christmas letter came in February. We sent him pictures and some personal items like the picture of his fiance who is pregnant and due when he should come home. Mom is furious that she is due before he could come home but happy he found love.
And doesn’t come home.
A moment of silence doesn’t fix the stupid that is war. It doesn’t heal the broken hearts that can not heal. Silence does not restore the lives shattered by choices made by foreign leaders and choices thousands of miles away. 100 years later, silence and prevention is a good start.
When reading that my tree has lost over 10 young people. Under 30 years old-I am not even there yet and dying from someone else’s fight leaving my child without me is just- just that. The idea that the body doesn’t come back for closure -the family will never heal.
Here is perspective for today:
Everyone has lost someone to cancer or has been impacted by cancer now. Replace the word cancer with the “great war”. After all, that loss- mankind does it again not even 20 years later with more cancer deaths- senseless deaths.
The winner writes the history books for all to read. When we voted him in. He was going to make Germany great again!