I’m still playing with my results on AncestryDNA, so I’m still learning. However there is one thing I wish I could do there: filter my results by submitter. Manually searching trees and searching trees by specific surnames seems highly inefficient to me. And there’s no guarantee that a surname that matches is even the line on […]
Johann Luken Jurgens Ehmen Goldenstein was born in 1814 in Wrisse, Ostfriesland, Germany, where he died in 1891. He was married in that same location to Tjode Anna Focken (Tammen). Some things I learned about research and life from Johann: last names can change. Johann came to adulthood when patronyms were in a state of […]
There is still room to join me on my annual trip to the Allen County Public Library in Ft. Wayne, Indiana, this coming August of 2017. Details are on our announcement page. We’d love to have you join us for three full days at the library.
Maria (Bruns) Fecht was born in Wiesens, Ostfriesland, Germany, and died probably in Hancock County, Illinois, before the fall of 1877. She married Hinrich Jacobs Fecht in Wiesens, Ostfriesland, Germany. Some things I’ve learned about research from Maria: people sometimes marry their in-laws. Maria married Hinrich Jacobs Fecht after his first wife Trientje Bruns died. Trientje […]
I have hundreds of cousin matches on AncestryDNA. I’m not yet certain how many I will eventually try and contact. The first six matches were particularly interesting for me as AncestryDNA grouped them as “second cousins.” The first five matches were indicated as being “first or second cousins” and the sixth was indicated as being a “second or […]
I spent a successful week in Salt Lake at the Family History Library with my group. We’ve almost set the dates for the 2018 trip, but wrapping up a few minor details before making an announcement. Some work was done on my Ohio, Virginia, New York, and Ontario families. We’ll have updates as I have […]
Hinrich Jacobs Fecht was born in 1823 in Wiesens, Ostfriesland, Germany, and died in 1912 in Elvaston, Hancock County, Illinois. He married Marie Bruns in Wiesens, Ostfriesland, and later married Antje (Jaspers) Habben in Hancock County, Illinois, in 1877. What I’ve learned about research from Hinrich: last names can be dropped. Hinrich is enumerated in […]
I was surprised just a little with my Ancestry.com DNA test results which came in over the weekend. Using my third great-grandparents as a point of reference (simply because I’m not going to use my 10th great-grandparents to create the percentages for this post), my genealogical ancestry is approximately: 50% Ostfriesen (my maternal side)–which qualifies as […]
Antje was born in Wiesens, Ostfriesland, Germany, in 1823 and died in Hancock County, Illinois, in 1900. She married Mimke Lubben Habben in Ostfriesland and later married Hinrich Fecht in Hancock County, Illinois, in 1877. Some things I have learned from Antje: wills get denied. The Hancock County, Illinois, judge over probate affairs refused to […]
There is still time to sign up. Please let me know if you signed up and did not receive your registration information. We are again offering my popular “Organizing Genealogy Information” class this June–starting later in the month. Additional details are contained in our blog post.