Month: January 2018

Michael’s Blogs

This is your monthly reminder–unsubscription instructions are at end of message. Please let others know about our blogs if you find them helpful. I maintain the following genealogy blogs:—Michael’s thoughts, research problems, suggestions, and whatever else crosses his desk Genealogy Tip of the Day—one genealogy research tip every day–short and to the point Genealogy […]


Fretting Over Trofatter Images on AmericanAncestors.Org

John George Trautvetter married the widow Susanna Tewksbury in Salem, Massachusetts, in 1767. The marriage is referenced in a database on titled “Massachusetts: Vital Records, 1621-1850.” It’s easy to find when searching on their website, partially because Trautvetters are easy to find in many databases. That’s where the easiness ends. This is the citation the […]

That Doesn’t Look Like Christina to Me

note: This is reprinted from our old blog and was originally published in May of 2015.  Transcribing foreign language records is not always as difficult as one might expect. There’s a difference though between transcribing and translating. This image comes from the “family register” of the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Harmony Township, Hancock County, Illinois, […]

Preparing for Your Autosomal DNA Results-Webinar

4 February 2018—8 PM Central This hour-long presentation will present a brief overview of what autosomal DNA results are and are not. These are the tests that are done at AncestryDNA, MyHeritage, FamilyTreeDNA, and 23andMe. Effective use of your results is easiest to do if pre-planning is done beforehand. This presentation will also help those […]

I’m Looking for Hancock Counthy, Illinois–and It’s In Rock Island County

Add this to the list of questions I have about why do they have clearly wrong place names in the drop-down menu for their searches? I understand that in user “trees” places may entered in such ways as: hancock counthy, Illinois, Pope, Arkansas, USA hancock counthy, Illinois City, Rock Island, Illinois, USA hancock counthy, […]