Sunday, February 16, 2014

Update From Gwen Oryall

Here are a few sites that I have recently been using with German from Russia ancestors. Maybe they can help you with research and finding family.  Started about 2 years ago, has index, family names, references to EWZ,etc.  Work in progress. Free. German from Russia (Bismark, ND headquarters) lists, history of villages, extractions, family records, church records, etc. American Historical Society of Germans from Russia (Lincoln, Nebraska headquarters) Currently SOAR, old CLUES, villages, information, censuses, church, etc.
Soar will be moving to soon.

Did you know you can HELP index obituaries in SOAR for the whole world to find obituaries from SOAR file? It has started.  I have been indexing obituaries in German and English from newspapers, catalogs, and family records.  Each index is only about 10-20 names with information. You can do it anytime.  Go to to sign up and NO YOU DON"T need to be LDS. Anyone can volunteer time to indexing...
Monthly schedules for instruction and learning on various subjects. Free Salt Lake Family history
            February 2014 courses include:

Thursday, February 20, 2014 11:00-12:00 Floor 2N Calendar changes in German, French and Dutch areas.
Tuesday, February 25, 2014 Organizing your Genealogy 1:00 p.m.- 2:30 p.m.

You can ride Trax or Front Runner within 1 block of library.

On-line learning activities for many countries and needs. German favorites include but NOT all inclusive of activities:

Reading Handwritten Records and Current Letters: view handwriting, current letters, upper and lower case, special letters and notes

Common words in German: abbreviations, symbols, etc.

German Documents and formats: formats, columns, paragraphs, phrases, dates, places, names, keywords.

Many more things: Basic German research, outlines, resources.

Salt Lake Family History Library 
35 North West Temple Street
Salt Lake City,  Utah 

It's just West of the Temple, with parking in the rear. Trax, Buses, Front Runner are all nearby.  Mon 8 a.m.- 5 p.m., Tues-Fri 8 a.m.- 9 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m.- 5 p.m. *This is a change for Saturday. It's closed holidays and Sundays. Collection of records from members, churches, towns, countries. Indexed. Costs, but if you can get to a family history center it is FREE!   North Dakota State University collection of GR archive. Food, fads, etc. Fun site to see historically sound info. or  They usually have a conference Feb-March of each year with new technology and information.  Collection of German from Russia records in 18th, 19th, and 20th century.  Ships arriving in port of New York.  Caution- many of our Germans from Russia last name spellings are "what the port authority heard", so try variations.

Cyndi's List of Genealogy Sources: Beginning records locations for various nations and information. Maps, records.  National Archives and Record Administration in Washington D.C. collection of EWZ records for Russia, Poland, Ukraine, Volga, Volhynia, etc. After war and for storage, German states gave USA records reluctantly. Some can trace 4 generations with records and pedigree charts.  The Federation of Eastern Europe genealogy society.  Next conference in Salt Lake City is August 12-14, 2014.  They have many maps, gazetteers, and info on European research. Helpful. BYU Harold B. Lee Family History Library, 2250 Harold B Lee Library, bottom floor. Use map quest to google directions. Provo. 801-422-6200.

Classes on 2nd and 4th Sundays for public. FREE. Class schedule posted monthly.

February 23, or March 9, or March 23, from 1:00 p.m.- 4:00 p.m. GERMAN RESEARCH....BRING US YOUR GERMAN RESEARCH PROBLEMS, by Kim Harsara Smith and Eleonor Wollenzien.  Note: These are Sunday afternoon classes.
To find tutorials online or courses in German research at BYU:
    Reading Old German Handwriting
    German Basic Research
    German Script tutorial
    Town of origin
    Beginning German Research 1 start, goals, tools
    Beginning German Research 2 Historical info
    Beginning German Research 3 Maps, gazetteers, etc.
    Building a German Library
    Learning about church books

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