November 12, 2018

Featured Posts


The Trump Babies of Milwaukee

“My dad told me I was left on the doorstep of Humboldt and Meinecke.” Lawrence* was trying to recall any additional details about his search for his biological parents. He took a bite of toast […]

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DNA & Ethnicity


Ancestry’s New Ethnicity Estimates

In 2006, began offering direct-to-consumer DNA tests. Since then, the company has analyzed the genetic code of over 10 million participants. Over the years, Ancestry has been expanding and refining its reference population samples […]

Translation Resources

  • Reading old documents in a foreign language isn’t easy, but old records contain plenty of useful information. This page is a compilation of some of my favorite translation sites and tools. Learn how to recognize some of the most common [...]

Finding Place Names

  • Village Lists and Gazetteers Identifying an ancestor’s village of origin is an essential step to building a several-generation family tree. Many small towns from a century ago no longer exist, or have gone through one or more name changes. The documents and  links on this [...]


  • Many small towns from a century ago no longer exist, have gone through name changes, or are more commonly known by alternate exonyms. The map links on this page can help identify the modern-day names [...]

Adoptee Guide

  • Using DNA to Find Birth Parents: If you are an adoptee trying to locate biological family, you’ve probably found many websites full of adoptee resources, legal information, and even links to adoptee angels (volunteers who will assist in your search). [...]

My Genealogical Projects

  • When researching European ancestors, often the information we need isn’t easily accessible or available online.  These pages contain links to my notes, findings, and indexes.

Historical Articles


November 6, 1920: Hinky Dink and Bathhouse John

In November 1920, soon after the adoption of the 19th amendment, suffragettes excitedly filed into polling stations across the country. Meanwhile, in Chicago, where women had been allowed to vote in most local elections since […]


October 16, 1929: Before the Wall Street Crash

A few weeks before the Great Crash, newspapers across America published encouraging financial predictions by Yale Economist Irving Fisher. Contrary to the doom and gloom conjecture of his peers, Fisher proclaimed the country was on […]


October 12, 1918: The Spanish Flu

Between January 1918 and December 1920, the Spanish Flu killed up to 625,000 Americans and more than 50 million people worldwide. If you search your own family tree, chances are, you’ll find at least one […]

Miscellaneous Links

  • Historical Guides and Compilations Munich Digital Library: Rare, antique Hungarian (German, and other) texts It’s possible to find books online here (download free pdfs) that can’t be found anywhere else, online or otherwise. I have found books listed [...]

Researching Hungarian Ancestors


Visit Hungary to Find Cousins in New Jersey

I’m going to assume you’ve already spent some time researching your ancestors in America. Hopefully, you know the name and place of residence of your target ancestor. If you do not have this information, please […]


Identifying Your Ancestor’s Birthplace

Figuring out how great-grandpa ended up in Pennsylvania may be as easy as asking some older family members. But if you have little knowledge of your family history, or are an adoptee just trying to […]


Locating Old Parish and Civil Records

To build your family tree “across the ocean,” not only do you need to know exactly where your target ancestor was born, but you’ll need to figure out where his birth was recorded. For this […]


What’s New

Meet the Happy Burgenlanders from the SS Hansa

On January 1, 1923, The SS Hansa became the first trans-Atlantic liner of the year to dock in Manhattan. The ship carried about 1,500 passengers, including 400 immigrants. Most of the immigrants were from Burgenland, [...]



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