Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Talented Tuesday: Piecework Magazine

  I picked up Piecework Magazine from my local library on a whim. For those of you who don't know, I'm an avid cross-stitcher. While the magazine wasn't of much use for cross-stitch, I had a great time reading about lace and more. Why? Because I really love the format. The first part of the article tells how the writer became interested in the craft - usually from a unique family history - and the second tells how to make the item. For a genealogist or family history lover, this is nirvana.

Friday, April 26, 2013

Follow Friday: GenBlog Julie

 I've mentioned Julie Cahill Tarr's blog before. It's time to mention it again. It's just that good.
  This time I want to profile Julie's post on the Kremer family. Written to address the "Surname Saturday" post, the post very neatly outlines the lineage of the Kremer family. The family began in Luxembourg and ended in Illinois. She's carefully outlined her own family in blue. It's an interesting way to view the family's life.

Friday, April 19, 2013

Follow Friday: The Heritage Huntress

  I'm always on the look-out for new Luxembourg bloggers... There are so few of us that one new blogger may end up being connected to multiple families. Amber's new blog The Heritage Huntress has thus far focused on her British Isles ancestors. Entries include sections from various family documents and appropriate commentary. I can't wait until she talks about her Luxembourger side.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Those Places Thursday: Research in Jackson County, Iowa

   Do you have Luxembourg ancestors who passed through Jackson County Iowa? (Imagine my raised hand here!) Here are a few ideas for researching their past...
1) Start with reading more about the history of Jackson County in my previous posts: 
     a) http://luxembourggenealogy.blogspot.com/2012/05/society-saturday-jackson-county.html
     b) http://luxembourggenealogy.blogspot.com/2012/05/mappy-monday-jackson-county-maps.html
2) Check out what's available on FamilySearch.  These records trace birth, marriage, and deaths.
    a) https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/list#page=1&countryId=51

3) There's some historical information on Genealogy Trails.

4) Google News has links to modern newspaper articles.

And there's much more available!

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Tech Tuesday: New FamilySearch Luxembourg collection

  I have to learn to stop skimming FamilySearch.org announcements of new collections - especially when they come through Dick Eastman's blog. I keep missing new Luxembourg collections. I did it again this week!
   Turns out FamilySearch has a new Belgium, Luxembourg collection. That's right... Belgium, Luxembourg. Are you confused yet? Wikipedia offers a good explanation. But the basic gist is this - sometime in the 1830s, part of Luxembourg broke off from the rest of the country. That part of Luxembourg is now part of Belgium. So if you have ancestors from that region, the Belgium Luxembourg collections should offer a good resource.
    What's actually in the collection? Like most civil registrations, it contains images of the town's birth, death, and marriage records. According to the collection descriptions, the records begin in 1795 and run through 1912. You'll need to know the town name to access the records. Click on that, and you'll have to choose the type of record and period. Click on that to search by page. Happy research!