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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 […]

The Bellanich Family: Research to Reunion

News stories about adoptees finding their birth families through DNA have become pretty common. Reunion tales often show heartwarming photos or interviews of the families after they’ve found each other. […]

What’s in a (Hungarian) Name?

If you have a Hungarian surname, chances are, when meeting new people, you’ll encounter some variation of the following questions : Whether it’s their baseball coach from middle school, or […]

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Ancestry

Ancestry’s New Ethnicity Estimates

In 2006, Ancestry.com 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 […]

This day in family history

1910s

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, […]

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 [...]

Maps

  • 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.

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 [...]

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