Monday, October 29, 2012

Motivation Monday: What can you do with that degree?... Why genealogists make good employees...

  Unlike many genealogists, I have degrees that make sense for my field - French, History, and a Certificate in Genealogy. Of course, this inevitably leads to the question: what can you do with those degrees? You can be a genealogist of course, but most of us need to have a day job. So most people jump to a second option. You should teach, right?
  Frustrating! Like other genealogists, I can and do love to teach, but I can do other things. And here's  a few reasons why:

1. Genealogists are patient... Have you ever calculated how much time it takes to trace your family back two generations (if you don't already know their names)? Try taking your family back to the American Revolution.

2. Genealogists are good at unraveling problems... Not everyone left a nice neat family tree for us. Or even a copy of their birth certificate.

3. Many of us can speak or at least read another language. We need to be able to read vital records. But those same skills can be applied to technical manuals.

4. We're web-savvy. We have to be. How many libraries still stock the census on microfilm.

Friday, October 26, 2012

Follow Friday: GenBlog

 (Warning - The first paragraph is from the Explorations in Connecticut Genealogy blog.)
     Written by Julie Cahill Tarr, GenBlog covers topics in genealogical research. Posts feature lists of useful articles, resource links, and book reviews. The author is a professional genealogist. Posts reflect her interests. They're worth a read just in case your interests overlap.
    She recently wrote a nice post on Luxembourg resources. While many of these sites are ones that you would have seen before, a few were new to me. Take a look at the links page by page. One of those new suggestions may help you break through a brick wall.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Wedding Wednesday: features on the royal wedding

   The recent Luxembourg royal wedding has provoked (Luxembourg's English language version of its newspaper, online) to create some interesting features on weddings, the royal family, and Luxembourger culture. For an overview - and the ability to avoid some of the "frilly" commentary - check out the links on the Luxembourg-American Cultural Society's Facebook page.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Tuesday's Tip: Don't Just Look at Ellis Island

  Remember that not every Luxembourger ancestor came through Ellis Island. I've seen many people search the Ellis Island site and get frustrated when they don't find their ancestor. According to the site, you may be searching in the wrong location: Ellis Island wasn't in use until 1892. The site indicates that prior to that date immigrants to New York came through Castle Garden.  And they may not have even come through New York. Some Luxembourgers came through New Orleans. Best bet? Check every port.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Tech Tuesday: Luxembourg Notarial Records on has made a new set of Luxembourg records available to users as of 25 September. Called the Luxembourg Notarial Records, 1621-1821,  the collection contains images of  notarial documents recorded during that period. Records are divided by town, notary, and time period.  There is no central index, so you'll need to be patient. But this is likely your best chance to access documents of this genre!