Month: November 2016

Born in Wiegboldsbur u Wiesens?

Locating Jan Mimken Habben in‘s “Germany, Lutheran Baptisms, Marriages, and Burials, 1519-1969” was fairly easy. I had his name and date of birth from other records and I had already seen the German record of his birth. However, I wanted to search their database for other families I have from the same area. In reviewing […]


Humor: My Three Cousins

For those who don’t understand how cousins are counted…it’s easy. My uncle has three sons: the oldest one was my first cousin, the middle one was my second cousin, and the youngest one was my third cousin. Of course that’s not how first, second, and third cousins are determined. First cousins share a set of […]

Does Think Troutvetter Does Not Sound Like Troutfetter?

Some names are made for “unexact” searches or the use of wildcards. Trautvetter is one of those names. I was reviewing probate records for members of the Trautvetter family using the “Illinois, Wills and Probate Records, 1772-1999” at Because the name gets spelled a variety of ways, I searched for troutvetter with the search slider set to […]

Can Add More to the “Suggested Records?”

I’ve been using the database “Germany, Lutheran Baptisms, Marriages, and Burials, 1519-1969,” as published on We’ll have a more detailed post about this database later, but for now there’s one limitation to the search results interface. The “Suggested Records” section is inadequate. Even with the relatively unusual name of Elsche Tjarks Janssen there are three additional […]