Month: May 2016

Paper Neighbors

The declaration of intention for George Trautvetter was one of those documents I located early on in my research, probably before I was able to even drive myself to the courthouse. I did not take the time to look at the other declarations in the book. After all, I had found the person I wanted […]


Hiring a Researcher–Getting Started: Part II

  The family I want some research done on is my Trautvetter family. I have already done some work on the family in records from Bad Salzungen that are on microfilm at the Family History Library. The Family History Library did not have records for all the villages that I needed and, in readying this material, I […]

Hiring a Researcher–Getting Started: Part I

I am in the initial process of hiring a researcher to work on one of my ancestral families. I’ve hired researchers before, usually to access records that were only available onsite or required specialized knowledge to locate and research efficiently. In most cases, these research requests were for specific items from a specific repository. Sometimes […]

If I Had Read the Entire Manifest Years Ago

I first located this passenger list over twenty-five years ago when I knew quite a bit less about the family being researched and about research in general. Had I known more, I would have discovered more from the entry. The family I originally located is at the bottom of this manifest page–George and Sophia Trautvetter […]

May Webinar Schedule

We’re excited about our May 2016 webinar schedule: Irfanview for Genealogists Digital Media Organization American Court Records Federal Land State Property Descriptions: Sections, Townships, Base Lines and Meridians Barbara’s Beaus and Gesche’s Girls Visit our announcement page for specific schedule.