I have a photograph of my 3-greats grandfather, who was born in Denmark in 1848 and died in Iowa in 1926. There's text on the reverse of the image
that is in Danish. I don't know what it says. Do you? Difficulty level: old person's crabbed handwriting. Thanks!
posted by That's Numberwang!
on Sep 13, 2014 -
Some time in the mid-to-late '80s, I borrowed a book from my local public library (in the UK). I recall neither its title nor the author's name, but I think it may nevertheless be uniquely identifiable from those details of its plot I can remember. Its protagonist is a genealogist, who is hired to discreetly research the family background of a US presidential candidate. There is an element of cat-&-mouse as unknown individuals try to put a stop to his researches, but he perseveres... [more inside]
posted by zmacw49
on Aug 11, 2014 -
When I was young, I was told that my maternal grandparents were from Russia. I had my grandfather's birth certificate translated by a friend, and found that he was born in Kishinev in 1904. Currently Kishinev is in Moldova, but my reading has uncovered a ping pong game of ownership regarding Bessarabia and the surrounding areas during that time frame. Perhaps I'm being dense, but I can't quite make out what country Kishinev was a part of in 1904. Any help would be appreciated.
posted by blurker
on Apr 13, 2014 -
is from a petition for naturalization filed in North Dakota (USA) in 1908. It is referring to the birth place of a man born in Sweden in 1874. Anyone with more knowledge of historical Swedish parishes and/or turn-of-the-century handwriting care to help me decipher the first word? [more inside]
posted by muddgirl
on Mar 12, 2014 -
My extremely-uncommon and forever-mispelled last name—Huxham—happens to also be the name of a tiny village right outside of Exeter in SW England. My ancestors left Britain from the port of Plymouth on the other side of Devonshire, so I feel fairly confident this might be where my last name comes from. However, even though I have the means and the desire to visit this hamlet…what do I do there? Just start knocking on doors? Should I contact the parish priest and/or tourism board? [more inside]
posted by huxham
on Jan 21, 2014 -
I have a good scan of the group photo from my grandparents wedding. I know who several of the people are in the photo, and I know that all my grandmother's eight brothers are in the group, but I do not know which brother is which. My Dad has made his best guesses, but he's not sure about many of them. I have recently made contact with several second cousins in the family while doing my genealogical research, so I thought I could get each of them to give me their best guesses in some sort of online survey, and compile the answers to get a sort of family crowd-sourced opinion. But how best to do this? [more inside]
posted by Joh
on Feb 3, 2013 -
I have lots and lots of photos of tombstones and I want to get the information into a machine-readable format - ideally a spreadsheet. I think I can find volunteers to transcribe them, but I need a way to do it efficiently. Can anyone suggest a way to do this online, perhaps using some sort of blogging or Wiki-like software?
posted by Joe in Australia
on May 9, 2011 -
Need help converting very old Family Tree Maker .ftm file to gedcom. [more inside]
posted by cgk
on Apr 11, 2010 -
My grandparents were part of a group taken to Austria as slave laborers via the Strasshof concentration camp. The last surviving member of the group remembers their destination as being "Landerthal near Blaustaden, Austria". Does anyone know where this is?
posted by Joe in Australia
on Mar 15, 2010 -
If a woman had a son with Mr. X, then a subsequent son by Mr. X's brother, what would the childrens' relationship to each other be? [more inside]
posted by sfkiddo
on Nov 27, 2009 -
with all this internet connectedness, I've met a few different people online (either through facebook, twitter or geni) who share my not-very-common last name, and we've tried to determine if we're related by relating some of the oldest relatives we know who share the surname, but usually we don't find any overlap. As a genealogical novice, what should my next steps be in trying to find out if we're actually distantly related or if some clerk at Ellis Island just liked to give a bunch of French/German immigrants the same last name? [more inside]
posted by jrishel
on May 1, 2009 -
Today I had a reason to be looking up a family document, and once again I became fascinated looking at the old family certificates and documents I have in my files. [more inside]
posted by zadcat
on Aug 22, 2008 -