Genealogy Gems Podcast Episode 261
Show Notes: 10 Top Tips for German Research
Researching ancestors in another country can be a little daunting. Challenges include foreign languages, moving boundaries, and spelling variations. This is certainly true for German genealogy.If you’re new to German genealogy or your research has stalled, this episode is for you. In fact, even if you don’t have German ancestors I think you will still find the principles and ideas covered very helpful.
Translator, author and German handwriting expert Katherine Schober shares her 10 Top Tips for Beginning Germany Genealogy. These tips are packed with tools and resources that you can start using right away.
Katherine Schober is a German / English translator, specializing in the old German handwriting. She is the author of “The Magic of German Church Records” and “Tips and Tricks of Deciphering German Handwriting”, as well as the creator of the online course “Reading the Old German Handwriting.”
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New & Updated US Genealogy Records Online
From coast to coast, U.S. records from the ‘genealogy giants’ are new and updated this week. Findmypast has a new collection of mine accident records for Pennsylvania (and we’ll also highlight a similar collection for England). Ancestry.com has updated a large number of genealogy collections for U.S. marriage, census, and military records that you’ll want to check out. And lastly, FamilySearch has made updates to a small set of U.S. county, tax, and enumeration records.
Pennsylvania, Register Of Mine Accidents
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The Pennsylvania Register of Mine Accidents is a collection containing records from the Department of Mines and Mineral Industries. These records document mine accidents for the anthracite districts and the bituminous districts between 1899 and 1972. They are held by the Pennsylvania State Archives and links to the PDF versions of the accident registers are available on the transcripts.
Updated U.S. Records at Ancestry.com
Over at Ancestry.com you’ll find big updates to numerous records collections for the U.S.
- Florida, County Marriage Records, 1823-1982
- Indiana, Marriages, 1810-2001
- Kentucky Mercer County Marriages (1786-1800) & Wills (1786-1801)
- Michigan, County Marriage Records, 1822-1940
- Michigan, Marriage Records, 1867-1952
- Montana, County Marriage Records, 1865-1993
- Oregon, County Marriage Records, 1851-1975
- Utah, Weber and Piute County Marriages, 1887-1940
- Massachusetts Army & Navy, 1861-1865
- Missouri State Offices Political and Military Records, 1919 – 1920
- Official records of the Union and Confederate Armies, 1861-1865
- Kansas 353rd Infantry Regiment in World War I
- Connecticut State Register, 1924 Government & Military records
- U.S. WWII Draft Cards Young Men, 1940-1947
- 1850 U.S. Federal Census – Slave Schedules
- Arizona and New Mexico Territories Census, Late 1800s
- Michigan, State Census, 1894
- Arkansas Census, 1840
More Updated US Genealogy Records at FamilySearch
Lastly, we head over to the all-free genealogy giant website FamilySearch. This week they’ve made updates to the following US genealogy records collections:
- Kansas, Gove County Enumeration Books and List of Residents, 1909-1950
- Montana, Sanders County Records, 1866-2010
- Ohio Tax Records, 1800-1850
- Texas, Cooke County, Deeds, 1895-1924
- Texas, Swisher County Records, 1879-2012
Most of these updates are pretty small, under 2,000 records. But you never know where your ancestor’s name might be lurking! The Ohio Tax Records collection has over 1.5 million new records, so if you have Ohio ancestors you’ll definitely want to check it out.
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