Thursday, November 22, 2012

Those Places Thursday: Christmas Markets

  Can't visit Luxembourg City for the Christmas Market? Wort.lu is offering you a photo visit... Things to think about on Thanksgiving!
   Happy Thanksgiving!

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Tech Tuesday: HistoryPin.com

  I dismissed HistoryPin the first time I saw it as "not useful." The site is designed as a visual map.  In theory, you or another group should be able to upload historic images. Someone could then search for a location on the map and look at all the images. The first time I examined the site, most of the images were family snapshots - not of much interest to anyone outside the family. However, that's starting to change.
  Thanks to increased usage, HistoryPin.com is starting to develop. There are now vintage home photos up alongside the 1970s snapshots. It's still thin the small towns, but the promise is there... Now if I can just convince enough Luxembourger towns to add images!

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Surname Saturday: Luxembourger DNA projects?

  I just finished Bryan Sykes's DNA USA. While I struggled with some of the thicker biology sections, I found it a fun read overall. It certainly introduced me - a genetic genealogy newbie - to the subject. (You can read a much better review than I can manage here.) It also left me wondering...
   Has a surname study been used with a Luxembourger family yet? I could see it having some interesting applications in our families. First of all, the "three brothers" myth tends to be a little more true, and most of us have a pretty provable paper trail. Second, we know most of the "brick walls" or the illegitimate ancestors.  Small immigrant communities have their pluses... Getting a surname study done (or several) might help prove the unprovable... but perhaps I'm just thinking out loud.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas...

With Thanksgiving approaching, European Christmas markets are in the works. Articles at Wort.lu announced this year's in Luxembourg City. But where do these markets come from? According to a CNN Travel article, they have their roots in the Middle Ages. Each country, it indicates, has its own traditions that make the celebration special. Frankfurt Germany's tourism office ties their fair to a local mystery play but suggests that the most famous tradition - giant cookies - may be more recent. Despite being a bit "outdated" (around 1000 years old), the Christmas markets are still going strong. I would so love to see Luxembourg's!

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Tuesday's Tip: an update to passenger lists - and finding your ancestors

   Thanks to the reader who pointed out that I missed a reason why you might not have found your ancestor on a passenger list - they may have traveled first or second class. According a history produced through Fordham's honors program, those passengers likely escaped Castle Garden or Ellis Island. Steve Morse's frequently asked questions explains how those passengers were treated on a ship's manifest. While most Luxembourgers were not that lucky, there's always a chance. Check out these sites for more information...

And thanks again to  attentive readers!

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Surname Saturday: Luxembourger Families

  The longer I research, the more apparent this becomes. Because immigrants from Luxembourg were so few in number, Luxembourger-American families with the same surname tend to be related. So what does this mean for you? Chances are high that someone has already done research on your family.
   You have a few ways to find it.

1) Enter the family surname + genealogy into Google.
2) Check out the Luxembourg boards on message board sites. Here's one example.
3) Visit Luxembourg American Families.

Happy research!