Sunday, August 26, 2012

Sentimental Sunday: Traditional Patterns for Needlework?

   This is a "posing a question" post. Can anyone suggest sources for learning about traditional Luxembourger needlework patterns? If you've read my blogs in the past, you know I love cross-stitch. I've found some great traditional patterns from the Alsace region of France, but I'd love to be able to work on projects reflecting my family's ancestry - and I'm sure I'm not alone. Most of my searches turn up general sites, so help would be greatly appreciated!

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Tech Tuesday: Luxembourg-Americans on Facebook

   If you're like most of us and on Facebook on a regular basis, you have some great options for adding to your knowledge of Luxembourg-Americans. The Luxembourg-American Cultural Society hosts a page at That page covers both the Society's events and news- contemporary and historic - from Luxembourg. I'll admit, I feel a little left out not reading Luxembourgish or German, but it's interesting reading. There are also groups that might help your research: search for Luxembourg or the state your ancestor lived in. Some are private; others are run by

Monday, August 20, 2012

Change to the posting schedule

   Hi all,
      Just wanted to give everyone a word of warning... My schedule's gotten crazy enough that I've made it official. I'm changing my posting schedule to just two times a week (or three if it's a good week :) ). I'm hoping that means I can keep up with my research!

Motivation Monday: An editing and personal research

 Well, I haven't had a huge amount of time, so my progress updating the has been slow. Hey, at this point, I've at least gotten my "favorites" for Luxembourger research added (Luxembourg American Cultural Society and Pilgrim's Progress)... but I still have a lot more to go. I wish I could find someone who knows Luxembourger history inside and out to add to the page.
  I've also hit some dead-ends on my family research. Thanks to a native Luxembourger, I now have enough information to trace my g-g-g...s another generation back - if I could get access to the records. Unfortunately, since they were born in the 1790s, their birth certificates aren't on online. I've got to order the microfilms from FHL. Another thing to add to the do-list.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Tech Tuesday: Western Europe FamilySearch Forums

  I love genealogy forums: they're a great way to connect with people researching your family.  I stumbled across a new one recently. has a Western Europe forum. It doesn't get a lot of activity, but it should provide you access to a new group of people who know about Luxembourg.  Search Luxembourg to see what's been posted. If nothing else, we can help make it active!

Monday, August 13, 2012

Motivation Monday: Updating the Luxembourg FamilySearch Wiki

   It's "motivation time." I've been insanely busy (Connecticut research, etc)... and trying to keep up with my Luxembourger learning has fallen to the bottom of the list. I tried to play catch up today and stumbled upon a new project: the Wiki for Luxembourg is desperately in need of updating. I'm going to do a little work  -and hopefully get my focus back. Will you join me? I'd love to see this become a fantastic resource. We all know how hard Luxembourg is to research!

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Surname Saturday: Leisch

   Sadly, like many family tree sites, the Leisch family site hasn't been updated since the late 1990s. The site was begun as a way for an owner studying a common surname to find connections between the trees. As a result, many of the articles are general: they mention an individual's name, a few statistics and little else. However, if you think you may be related to a Leisch - this is a good place to start.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Tech Tuesday: Luxembourg-American Cultural Society Facebook Page

   I'm officially behind the times. Turns out the Luxembourg-American Cultural Society has added a Facebook page. Many of the posts are about current cultural announcements - such as following Luxembourg's Olympic team. There are some great history photos, too. I loved the post about old photos of the train station, and the images of Luxembourg City. Definitely a must-read.

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Surname Saturday: Arens Family

   I've mentioned the work of Bob Arens before. His Luxembourg-American Families website is one of the few that addresses Luxembourg-American genealogy in any thorough way. That's why I was so happy to stumble across his personal website this evening.
   The website is a bit dated - it's in the old FamilyTree Marker format and hasn't been updated since he started his new site - but it has good bones. The main feature is his personal family tree. If you belong to the Arens family, chances are high that you can find solid information about your own family. Arens has also posted his family's unidentified photos. If you're at all related, take a look!

Friday, August 3, 2012

Follow Friday: Genelux becomes Familux

  The Luxembourger site Genelux has done a major upgrade. First of all, they have a new name - FamiLux - and a new website, They also have new content. The front page of the site highlights the upcoming Luxembourg Fest of America, and its focus on Luxembourger food. This includes some great links to Luxembourg food websites. If anyone can tell me how to get a hold of the cookbook for less than $150, please let me know :) The research pages remain the same, but I hope that they'll be updated soon!