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, Luxembourgers were often called "Deutch" (German) by outsiders. This got misheard by an English speaker… Continue reading Tuesday’s Tip: What does seeing “Dutch” on a Luxembourger record mean?
The 1843 Luxembourg census lists each house on a separate sheet, but not each household. The enumeration for the home of Jean Reuter actually lists two families. One is headed by Jean; the other is headed by a man named Mathias Danckoff. How are the two families related? There are a few ways to find… Continue reading Who is that second family living in my ancestor’s house?
It seems like so much extra work. You already have to search through the unindexed birth, death and marriage records to find your ancestor's own records. Why would you want to look for records of the extended family? Because they can be crucial to finding information about your ancestor that may not show up in… Continue reading Tuesday’s tip: remember to check the extended family
I just found the following on a Luxembourg census enumeration... and no, his name isn't Mel. Instead, this is the abbreviation of the name , which includes its first and last initials. Any guesses? (Yes, Mel is shorthand for Michel!)
The client's 2nd great-grandfather was born illegitimate in the early 1800s. No chance of identifying the father, right? Wrong... DNA has made it possible with a little bit of help. So, how do we proceed? Take an autosomal DNA test. This test uses a number of different markers to identify a common ancestor. Compare family… Continue reading Why am I building a FAN club? Tuesday’s Tip