Free Newspapers for German Genealogy

Free Newspapers for German Genealogy

Let’s say you are looking for the German origin of one of your ancestors, and you’ve exhausted your English-language sources. You are familiar with German genealogical words and phrases because you own a copy of Ernest Thode’s German-English Genealogical Dictionary. You’re reasonably confident that the missing ancestor came to the U.S. from Berlin, so what[…]Read more

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Understanding Spanish Parish Records

Mastering Spanish Handwriting Deciphers 16th-Century Handwriting

Chapter Twelve of Mastering Spanish Handwriting and Documents, 1520-1820 tackles the difficult task of transcribing the 16th-century Cortesana style of Spanish handwriting commonly found in documents created by notaries and other officials of the Spanish Empire. With a nod to Miguel Cervantes’ Don Quixote, authors George Ryskamp, Peggy Ryskamp, and Leandro Soria introduce the notorious[…]Read more

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What Exactly are Layered Citations & Why Do We Need Them

Citation Tips: What Exactly are Layered Citations & Why Do We Need Them? By Elizabeth Shown Mills, CG, CGL, FASG

To celebrate the release of the new fourth edition of Evidence Explained: Citing History Sources from Artifacts to Cyberspace, author Elizabeth Shown Mills offers guidance drawn from the new edition. This is second in our four-part series. (View part 1) Technology has complicated the process of citing our sources. With digital images delivered online or through other[…]Read more

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The Carlins of North West Ireland: A Representative Surname History

The Carlins of North West Ireland: A Representative Surname History, by Brian Mitchell

The following one-page history of the Carlin clan associated with County Donegal and County Derry is indicative of what the reader can expect to encounter with each of the 300+ histories of surnames compiled by Brian Mitchell in his book, The Surnames of North West Ireland:  Concise Histories of the Major Surnames of Gaelic and[…]Read more

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Irish and Scots-Irish Consolidations Identify Immigrants & Possible Forebears

Irish and Scots-Irish Consolidations Identify Immigrants & Possible Forebears

Over the last year and a half, Genealogical.com has consolidated two series of books by Dr. David Dobson that were originally published in multiple installments. The first of these was Scots-Irish Links, 1525-1825: Consolidated and Indexed Edition. In Two Volumes, originally published in 15 parts but lacking an index.  To rectify these shortcomings, we re-numbered[…]Read more

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Citing History Sources—Flexibility & Choices

Citation Tips:  Citing History Sources—Flexibility & Choices. By Elizabeth Shown Mills, CG, CGL, FASG

To celebrate the release of the new fourth edition of Evidence Explained: Citing History Sources from Artifacts to Cyberspace, EE’s author offers guidance drawn from the new edition. This is the fourth in our four-part series. ( View Part 1 | View Part 2 | View Part 3 ) Citations are flexible structures. They are not rigid formulas from which we dare[…]Read more

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The Push, Pull & Means of Colonial Era British Emigration

The Push, Pull & Means of Colonial Era British Emigration, by Terrence M. Punch

Following is a discussion of some of the things I have learned from studying the migration of people from Scotland and Ireland into the Maritimes.  Books about emigration usually talk of the forces that drove people out of their homelands – what we call the push factors: Highland clearances, breakdown of the traditional clan system,[…]Read more

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