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Connecting to the Old Country Continued

Here are more websites that may be helpful in your search for the ancestors “across the pond”. Be sure to share if you have found a website that is particularly helpful in locating information on your ancestors from the “old country”.

POLAND GENWEB <http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~polwgw/polandgen.html&gt;

Here you will find a records-transcription project which includes many vital records from Poland, a surname list, translation tools, a guide to using Family History Library microfilm, and several links to other resources.

SOCIETY FOR GERMAN GENEALOGY IN EASTERN EUROPE <https://www.sggee.org/&gt;

SGGEE focuses on the genealogy of Germans from Russian Poland and Volhynia with some help for related regions. You will need to join the society to access all the records.

ITALY GENWEB <http://www.italywgw.org/home&gt;

A useful starting place for your Italian research and one of the many country websites under the umbrella of the World GenWeb <worldgenweb.org>. It varies in its resources depending on which ancestral place in Italy you’re investigating.

LUSAWEB <http://lusaweb.com/&gt;

From their website: LusaWeb is an Internet community dedicated to the people of Portuguese ancestry living in the United States and throughout the world. LusaWeb is a place to celebrate our common heritage, to learn about Portuguese history and traditions and to share the memory of our Portuguese ancestors.

DIGITALARKIVET <http://arkivverket.no/eng/content/view/full/629&gt;

A favorite of mine – This free site from the National Archives of Norway offers almost all the essential resource for finding Norwegian families. It includes church records, censuses, tax lists, probate records and more! It’s also the most English-language friendly Scandinavian websites.

GENEALOGY SOCIETY OF NORWAY-DIS <http://www.disnorge.no/eng/index.html&gt;

The link goes directly to the English-language pages. Otherwise click the British flag for English. Many items are available without membership including forum, database of researchers and searchable tombstone records with photos, links and maps.

Again this is just a start….a jumping off point. If you didn’t find that helpful website for your ancestors go to Cyndi’s List <http://www.cyndislist.com/&gt; which has over 300,000 links to genealogy websites.


Fryxell, David A. “Catch the Wave.” Family Tree Magazine May/June 2014: 54-59. Print.

Sharing Your Family Story Workshop

Do you need ideas on sharing your family story? Do you want to turn your genealogical data into a history the whole family will enjoy? I will be presenting the workshop, “Sharing Your Family Story”, on Thursday at the Green County Genealogical Society Research Center. Learn how to get started with many ideas on how to share your story. The workshop is free and no preregistration is necessary.

Throwback Thursday

Directories of Schools, Teachers and District Officers

A recent donation was made to the Green County Genealogical Society and it included some Directories of Schools, Teachers and District Officers for Lafayette County for the following years: 1955-1956, 1957-1958, 1958-1959, 1959-1960, 1962-1963. All the schools are listed with the teacher and the school officers. If you are interested in what may be in these booklets they can be seen at the Research Center of the Green County Genealogical Society on the lower level of the Monroe Public Library.

I found my 1 room school and teacher from the school year 1962-1963. Howard Teasdale was the Superintendent of Schools during those years. Margaret B. Collentine and Mildred Teasdale were Supervising Teachers. Maybe you will find a gem of information.

A Journey Back

Labor Day came and all our plans had fallen through. The weather was perfect for being outdoors and my husband had land, tree stand, etc going through his mind and mine was thinking a perfect day for a cemetery visit. So we agreed to each do “our thing”.

I had wanted to visit Zion Cemetery in Wayne Township for quite some time. My great grandfather’s first wife and two of my great grandfather & great grandmother’s children are buried there. This trip required me to travel through the area where I had grown up and I was surprised at the flood of memories and emotions that surfaced.

As I turned on Mayer Road I began remembering all the neighbors we had connections to…..Haffeles, Tiemans, Hartwigs, Fernstaedts, Lincicums. My brothers and I traveled many miles on our bikes to visit our school playmates on those farms. Around the corner on Highway D (176 when I was a kid) was the Blaisdell School. It’s now a home but amazingly it looks much the same as when I attended school there. I could see us sledding down the big hill once again, dodging the fence at the bottom or aiming for the culvert. Could we be fast enough to actually get the sled into the culvert? I remember the Lilac hideaway that for 20 minutes of recess would become a castle filled with princesses or we would have our dolls and play mommies…..always dreaming what are stories were going to be. But there were those ugh! memories, too. I was always the last one chosen for the baseball team. I had no talent whatsoever for sports! My most outstanding memory was the day President Kennedy was assassinated. As our parents came to pick us up that day the solemn faces and low talking amongst them told us something tragic had happened.

Up the road was the farm I grew up on……only it’s no longer a farm. In fact, there is not a single building left of the farm I grew up on. Even the house is gone. A new house and a large pole building filled the space of my memories. It is jarring to see a part of your story gone. But it has made me want to dig for those old photos of the farm so something of it can be preserved.

By the time I reached the cemetery my emotions were full. I found the stone of Emilia Heller and the two children, Elsie and Richard. An old tree stood guard over their stone. It loheller_stone_tree-weboked as old as the gravestone and as if it may not have many years left. I wondered if my great grandfather had planted that tree. What was their story? What memories of their homeland in Germany had they clung to? What sadness and regrets filled his heart at the loss of his wife within a month of arriving in America? And then losing two children after marrying my great grandmother. Their story is my story. I wish more of it was preserved. The day highlighted the fact that I need to make the time to preserve my story for my grandchildren and great grandchildren. How are you preserving your story? I’d love to hear how you are doing it.                         🙂  Ginny