Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Origin Story: The Schmidt Family of Goldbeck, Pomerania

 Map of Kreis Saatzig in Pomerania (source)

Today's origin story will deal with the hometown of  my Schmidt family. As far back as records for the area were recorded, my Schmidt family can be found in Goldbeck, Kries Saatzig, Pomerania, Prussia, now known as Sulino, Stargardzki, Zachodniopomorskie, Poland . This post will detail the history of Goldbeck. While it was difficult to find much about the area, I did manage to find enough to paint a general picture of some of the critical points in its history. The descriptions of Goldbeck will stop after 1945, as that is when it became part of Poland.

Monday, January 15, 2018

Biography: Christian Friedrich Wilhelm Schmidt (3gg)

This is the biography of my immigrant ancestor, my 3rd great grandpa Christian Friedrich Wilhelm Schmidt.

Christian Friedrich Wilhelm Schmidt (who more commonly went by 'Wilhelm' or 'William') was born on the 18th of February, 1857 in Goldbeck, Pommern, Germany to his father, a farmer also named Christian Friedrich Wilhelm Schmidt, and his mother Dorothea Louisa Zabel. He was baptized into the Lutheran church there on the 28th of February, 1857. He was the 2nd child of his parents, who would have 3 more children before his father's death on the 27th of February, 1864 at the young age of  39. His mother remarried to Michael Heidemann and had a total of 6 more children by him.

Saturday, January 6, 2018

A Progress Update on Census2Ged

I am not quite ready for a release yet, but the next release of my free program, census2ged, will have insane amounts of new functionality added. Since I'm so excited that it's starting to look like a real program, I thought I'd share some of what's to come.

If you'd like to read my previous posts about the program (which I programmed in python and have made available to anyone for free) you can check out the following links:

My first post about it. It goes over the basics and the functionality included in the first release.

My second post which details the new things I added in the second release.

Anyways, let's get to it! And, if you have any suggestions of things I should add before the actual release just let me know in the comments!

New and Improved GUI

That's right, it no longer has only two input fields!
Okay, so it still looks a little like the neglected lovechild of 90's design and Windows Vista, but we can ignore that for now. 

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Database Statistics Made Easy (Using Gigatrees and Other Programs)

I've been getting pretty lucky with school lately. Today (1/4/2018 that is) school was canceled due to "unsafe wind chills" and tomorrow it will be canceled for the same reasons. The benefits of the lack of school days were numerous, most notably my paper one on "German and Italian Expansion" was delayed (History and English are my weakest subjects believe it or not) and I was able to investigate the different ways I could take statistics in my database in Legacy Family Tree
A few of the statistics I am now tracking

Friday, December 29, 2017

A Comprehensive Guide to the Old Fulton New York Postcards Website

On December 25th the Old Fulton New York Postcards website (which, by the way, is not a website for postcards) received a major update that added a whopping 700,000 more old newspaper articles from the USA and Canada. The site, however, has an aesthetic that makes it slightly more difficult to start using than the average site. This post will help you learn to use this incredible resource to its full capacity.
Old Fulton New York Postcards homepage

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

3 Ways to Use Archive.org for Genealogy

Archive.org is one of the most valuable free resources for genealogy you have at your disposal. This post will teach you how to use it for your own research.
Internet Archive Home Page

Friday, December 22, 2017

5 Beginner Tips for Using the Třeboň Regional Archives

Image source

So you just found that you have Czech ancestors, you even narrowed down the specific location of those ancestors to Southern Bohemia, the region covered by the Třeboň Regional Archives. What now? Note that this guide will only cover the basics of using the archives and navigating the records, it won't deal with techniques for reading the Czech language or for finding people when nothing else is working.