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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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Who is that second family living in my ancestor’s house?

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 … Continue reading

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Tuesday’s tip: remember to check the extended family

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 … Continue reading

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Tuesday’s Tip: What does Mel stand for?

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 … Continue reading

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Why am I building a FAN club? Tuesday’s Tip

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. … Continue reading

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Which Anna is my Anna? Tuesday’s Tip

You might be a Luxembourger genealogist when… you hear complaints about how someone’s ancestors gave a second child the same name after the first one died and start laughing, because your ancestor gave two living children the same name. Yup, … Continue reading

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Tuesday’s Tip: Repatriation Documents Identify Birth Location

Bertha Ryder believed she had lost her citizenship. Even though she was ethnically Luxembourger, she was born in the United States and thus was an American citizen by birth. At least until she had married Ryder, a native of Canada. … Continue reading

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