These documents were sent in by one of our readers, and further exemplifies why ship manifests alone do not paint a complete picture of our ancestors. The documentation provided here can help us learn more about ancestor professions, social standing and wealth, and potentially where they came from. While these documents might be fragmentary or […]

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“How much better to get wisdom than gold. to choose understanding rather than silver.” Proverbs 16:16 A few weeks ago, I traveled to Concordia University in St. Paul, Minnesota to do some family history research. Unknown to some is that Concordia is home to the Germanic Genealogy Society’s library. Driving up, one can’t miss the […]

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I need to speak about the profession that generations of Rohrs were involved with.  Many of the old documents from Germany list the professions of the male line.  This is can also aid in finding additional information about one’s family and also confirm the information you currently have.  In the Rohrs’ case, this helped find […]

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The charming neo-Gothic palace in Podewils is literally disappearing before our eyes. The following article was translated with permission from Zwiadowca Historii concerning the dilapidation of a once-beautiful former manor house in Pommern. It chronicles its history in Belgard to modern times as Podwilcze in Zachodniopomorskie. Unfortunately, this is not the only historical structure to […]

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A little over a year ago, I stumbled onto information about a tour guide in Poland who was granted permission to photograph church books in the diocese archives. Skeptical at first, I put in my request and was quickly surprised at how fast I received a response from Stanley Frymark, who lives in former Kashubian […]

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A little over a year ago, I stumbled onto information about a tour guide in Poland who was granted permission to photograph church books in the diocese archives. Skeptical at first, I put in my request and was quickly surprised at how fast I received a response from Stanley Frymark, who lives in former Kashubian […]

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Typically, I become frustrated when others try to monetize archival holdings. However, a little over a year ago, I stumbled onto information about a tour guide in Poland who was granted permission to photograph church books in the diocese archives. Skeptical at first, I put in my request and was quickly surprised at how fast […]

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A little Background…. As I think about the history of Germany, and the German people over time, for me, finding our family in that area of the world, has certainly given me a feeling of admiration for what these people have had to endure over the years whether brought on by themselves or others.  This […]

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