Why you may ask? Well not only is the annual Federation of Genealogical Societies Conference being held at the same time as RootsTech (in Salt Lake City), but I am pleased to announce that they selected me to give THREE presentations! That’s right! Check out the list of awesome speakers. I will be surrounded by greatness! Can you tell I’m excited about this?!
Though I only made it through 5 of my ancestors initially… I’m back at it! I took a break while I was super busy with work and The In-Depth Genealogist. Now’s the time to resume the No Story Too Small challenge. This week I am going to introduce you to my Great Grandmother, Antonia “Tony” Jeannette Engel. She is the mother of my maternal grandmother, Shirley. She died before I was born, but after reading my grandma’s biography I could see what a special person she was and how she helped shape my grandma into the woman that she was. Here’s what I’ve learned over the past few years about Tony. Antonia Jeannette Engel was born on 24 May 1889 in Chicago, Illinois to Dora Flekman and Samuel Hirsch Engel. She was the second child and the first born in the US. Her older brother, Otto was born in Presov, Slovakia in
I can hardly believe how much time has gone by since my last post! My apologies as I know all of you are sitting on the edge of your seats in anticipation. But seriously, I’ve been keeping myself quite busy. Here’s the rundown! Client Research: I currently have several clients that I am researching for and have enjoyed the challenge that each one has presented. The first is a long-time family friend who has asked me to research her grandparents origins. Her grandmother was adopted and little is known of her origins. It will not be easy, but I’m on the case looking at ship passenger lists, newspapers, and even baptismal records from the local Catholic church. Such a challenge! My second client is working on a lineage application for the Ohio Genealogical Society’s First Families. In her case, it is a surprise for her husband. The challenge of this research is
FamilySearch to Make Millions of Obituaries Searchable Online Tens of Thousands of Additional Indexers Needed to Help Create an Every-Name Index to Millions of Obituaries FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASESalt Lake City, Utah—February 7, 2014—FamilySearch is working with partners and the larger genealogical community to collect, digitize, and index millions of obituaries from the United States (with other nations to follow). This huge undertaking will ultimately make hundreds of millions of names of deceased individuals and information about their family relationships freely available for online research. Dennis Brimhall, CEO of FamilySearch, announced this new initiative in his keynote speech yesterday as he welcomed record-breaking crowds to the 2014 RootsTech family history conference in Salt Lake City, Utah. Brimhall and special guest pirate mascot “Captain Jack Starling” utilized a well-known pirate theme of “dead men tell no tales” and added, “but their obituaries do!” drawing attention to the fact that obituaries tell the
Recently my friend Amy Crow, who writes No Story Too Small, challenged others to join her in writing about our ancestors each week. This is week 5 of the challenge and I am going to introduce you to my Great Grandfather, Myer Krueger. He is the father of my maternal grandmother, Shirley. Though I never got to meet him, he is the ancestor that I’m most intrigued by and his family has been my biggest brick wall. I take a break sometimes, but always return to learn more about him as I can. Here we go! Myer Krueger was born 10 January 1887 in the town of Lachawitz, Minsk, Russia1 (now Lyakhavichy, Brest, Belarus). His parents were Zebra “Zipe” Soloman and Ellya Kriger.2 He is supposed to have come over to America in July 19013 traveling from Liverpool, England to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He then made his way to Michigan City, Indiana to