Monthly Archives: December 2017

It wasn’t too many years after I began doing genealogy that the State Library of Pennsylvania endured some budget cuts and no longer had paid staff assigned to proctor its huge Genealogy and Local History collection. That was in the late 1980s and a patron named Ray Schott, a native of Pittsburgh who was retired …

2019 German conference: Save the date!

Published December 15, 2017

Eureka! The International German Genealogy Partnership’s second international conference will be in downtown Sacramento, Calif., at the Hyatt Regency Hotel from 15 to 17 June 2019 with the theme of “Strike it Rich with Connections 2 Discoveries.” The first partnership conference was held earlier this year in the Minneapolis, Minn., and drew more than 700 …

I’m going to put my conflict of interest right out from the get-go on this one. I’ve known Shamele Jordon for going on 20 years. She’s a good friend and a better genealogist who specializes in technology and African-American topics. So, when I heard her kicking around the idea of doing a television program – …

In my 30 years-plus of doing genealogy, I always felt that Friedrich Winter or Winder of Tulpehocken Township, Berks County, was one of my best documented ancestors. I had his will – in which he gives his oldest son a “birthright” bequest of “my good wagon,” the equivalent of the family car in 1786. His …