New Records Are Marching Onto the Ancestry Website
Did you hear the news? The Ancestry Company signed an agreement with Family Search International, thanks to which Ancestry will add more than one billion already digitized records from more than sixty countries to its databases. Moreover, it will be adding approximately a billion never seen or published records from the Family Search vault in the next few years. Isn’t it fascinating?
In 2006, I decided to look for my Poppenberg family, thinking it would be a long and wild goose chase. I knew they were in Seneca County, Ohio and decided to join the Seneca County Ohio Genealogical Society because I knew that as a member I could send a few free queries a year. My first issue in January had an index, and lo and behold, there was the Poppenberg surname in the index for the previous issues! My next step was to order the four previous issues.
The year was 1918, and I knew that influenza was bad that year, but I didn’t realize it was one of the worst pandemics in history. While I was indexing some death records on FamilySearch, I noticed that almost all the deaths were from influenza.
The other day, I saw a basketball bracket flash on the TV screen for a second. I did a double-take because I was thinking “genealogy chart.” It had never hit me before that these two diagrams are almost identical, but work in reverse of each other.
A long time ago, I inherited a bunch of antiques from my grandmother that I never quite knew what to do with. Some of these items were pretty interesting, some were kind of junky, and most were handmade ceramics bearing her name on the bottom. Since I had no real interest in them at the time, and no way to display them that would fit with my own taste in home décor, they remained boxed up and in the basement for years.
The Uncorrupted Heart: Journal and Letters of Frederick Julius Gustorf, 1800-1845 is a wonderfully written travel journal by an educated German gentleman who came to America in the 1830s. His desire was to investigate the German immigrants who had settled in Illinois and Missouri and to see how they were getting along in America. Gustorf also wanted to compare his experience with those of other German authors.
Over the past few months, MGC staff have been working very hard developing some new classes for our customers. Many of our new classes are hands-on, and we think everyone will enjoy getting to actually use some of the Online Resources that will help you with your genealogy research.