Author Archives: Bryna O'Sullivan

About Bryna O'Sullivan

A Connecticut-based professional genealogist, I love working with beginners of all backgrounds. I also do specialty research in Connecticut and Luxembourg-American genealogy.

Want to learn more? Chat session opportunity!

Hi all! I’ve had a number of requests for chances to learn more about Luxembourg genealogy, so I’ve decided to try something new. This Friday, April 14th, 2017 at 7 pm Eastern, I’m going to be running a free half hour … Continue reading

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Translation Tip: What is this word?

The second word is annee (forgive the missing accent)… But what’s the first? 6 eme.  Sixth. How do I know? Eme is the equivalent of the English, th. It usually follows dates.

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Tuesday’s Tip: What does seeing “Dutch” on a Luxembourger record mean?

I just had a great question from a client working on a Luxembourger project: what does seeing “Dutch” on a Luxembourger record mean? It’s usually a mistake. Since Luxembourgish, the language spoken by most Luxembourgers, is considered a German dialect, … Continue reading

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Church Record Sunday: 5 Hints for Navigating Luxembourg’s Church Records

My client project has crossed back into the eighteenth century – and I’m spending time delving into church records. Here are five hints to make your search a little easier: Most records are in Latin. Most parishes have underlined the … Continue reading

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Tuesday’s tip: take a second look at your ancestry DNA results

Ancestry DNA has jut added a new feature, called Genetic Communities. Based on DNA and family trees, it allows you to view the path your ancestor might have taken from Europe to the United States… And one of those communities … Continue reading

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Surname Saturday: The Parentage of Anne Marie (Reuter) Hintgen

When the enumerator recorded Anne Marie Hintgen and her three sons on Wahpeton’s 1880 census, he stated that she was born in Germany.[1] He erred. Although she likely spoke German, Anne was a native of Luxembourg – and the daughter … Continue reading

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Those Places Thursday: Access the Minnesota State Census for Free

I’m currently trying to fill in some gaps in a client’s family tree – and made a helpful discovery. If you want to your Luxembourg ancestor using the Minnesota state census, you don’t have to pay for Ancestry. The Minnesota … Continue reading

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