Thursday, September 27, 2012

Those Places Thursday: A New York Times Article on Luxembourg

   If you've read this for any period of time, you know I tend to fall head over heels for travel articles on Luxembourg. Well, The New York Times has offered another great article. Their travel writer covers his three day bike trip from Luxembourg City and the surrounding country. It's aimed at a traveler with no knowledge of Luxembourg, but it's still a worthwhile read.

Friday, September 14, 2012

Follow Friday: Luxembourgensia

    If you've fallen head over heels for Luxembourg research, you may enjoy Fausto Gardini's blog entitled Luxembourgensia. Blog posts, which are updated daily, include fun facts about Luxembourg-Americans. Some are biographies of famous people born that day. Others trace Luxembourg-American involvement in American events, such as the Gold Rush. A fun read.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Tech Tuesday: -Luxembourg news in English

 Interested in following news in Luxembourg? The website provides a way to read the daily news in English. Essentially, you're treated to the headlines from the paper's print addition. If you want to learn about Luxembourg daily life, this is a great way to start.

Monday, September 3, 2012

Matrilinear Monday: Identifying an Ancestor's Birth Place off of a Passport Application

      Researching my Irish line reminded me of a helpful hint for any foreign born lines. has a collection called "U.S. Passport Applications, 1795 to 1925." Passport applications list the applicant's place of birth. For my Luxembourger ancestor - who applied in the 1890s - this does not include his home village. However, the application does provide details of his immigration and naturalization. The naturalization papers might indicate a full birthplace. In the 1920s, the application form included one, even more helpful, feature. If the applicant was female and unmarried, she had to list her father's birthplace. Play around with the collection. You never know what you may find.

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Sentimental Sunday: Favorite Family Pets

   In looking for a photo of one of my Luxembourger ancestors recently (yes, my photo storage needs help), I stumbled across a photo of another g-great with the family horse. It's become the family joke: "the horse that will live forever." We know nothing about him - except his name, which one of the descendants marked on the back of the photo.
  It makes me wonder what role this horse played in the family's life. Obviously he was important enough that the ancestor was willing to have the photographer haul his equipment out into a field for a photo. He probably was a major source of their farm labor. But I can only guess.
  What family pets have you "kept" as part of your genealogy? What roles do you think they played?