One of my "obsession" ancestors is a Luxembourg-born great-grandfather. I've wanted to learn Luxembourgish since I began researching his history. And guess what? I just discovered that I have an option for an online course available through a group of cities in Luxembourg: http://www.quattropole.org/en/e_learning
I can't wait.
I will keep adding to this site periodically, but for the time being, it is going dormant. Like many Luxembourger genealogists, I am now focusing my research on my own family - and, at this point, I'm not ready to share. Enjoy my previous posts!
I am part Luxembourger. In the US, that makes me Luxembourg-American.
But like who were raised outside of central Iowa, I have almost no connection to Luxembourger culture. Why? My Luxembourger ancestor married German. Their child married an American born child of another heritage. Everything said and done, I am only 1/8th Luxembourger. The rest is a mixture of other American cultures, including Irish and colonial New England. And the Luxembourger history - minus a few random references to Black Peter - disappeared in the mix.
Where does that leave me? Sometimes a little bit lost. I find the heritage of my Luxembourger ancestor fascinating. But it is extremely difficult to learn about what his daily life was like before he immigrated to the United States. I haven't been able to find any good books about Luxembourger culture. And where I'm located (New England), the other resources - like Luxembourg-American cultural societies - are not easily accessible. I know two words of Luxembourgish. Ironically, as an American trained French-speaker, I feel like I know a lot about my French-Canadian ancestor's daily life. I wish I had that knowledge of my Luxembourger ancestor.
I would love to learn more. More about my ancestor's life. More about my past. Maybe even Luxembourgish. But how do I start?
One of my ongoing interests in Luxembourger genealogy is the community in Meriden, Connecticut. Every so often I'm able to turn up another reference to that community - often by looking for people who list their nationality as German on the census.
The 1900 census lists John and Johanna Theison as natives of Germany. John is 66; Johanna is 62. John's family, like other Luxembourger families in Meriden, are factory workers. I can't find either on the 1880 census. Which makes me wonder - were they Luxembourger and where did they come from?
I've learned a few things in terms of my research into Luxembourg-American genealogy this year.
1) There just aren't any courses. There are some good webpages online, but after you exhaust those, the only way to learn is to do research. There are experienced researchers who can help with this.
2) If you're like most Luxembourg-American families, you exhaust your ability to online research after about three generations. If your ancestor came over in the 1820s, you can only research one ancestor in Luxembourg- the earliest available records are from the 1790s.
3) You probably will need to be able to learn to read French and German. Your family's records could be in either language.
So my resolutions are as follows:
1) Organize my research on my own family. This will mean starting with my most recent Luxembourg ancestor and working backwards... This may take awhile
2) Convince my local library to become an FHL branch so I can order the earlier records!
3) Look for a course in either Luxembourger or German, so I can learn more about my heritage.
I've spent the last few days playing catch-up with my Luxembourger research. And it's made me curious. What new resources are available for Luxembourger research? What are your favorite resources? What do you suggest to a "newbie?"