Monthly Archive: September 2011

Sep 30

Jacob Muller Sails to America

The Bremen (1858). Original painting in Focke Museum, Bremen, used with permission from Focke Museum.

Last week I detailed how I found Jacob Muller’s immigration information in the Germans to America index at the Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne. That index showed that Jacob traveled on the ship Bremen and arrived in New York on 15 June 1871. With that information I headed to the library’s microfilm cabinets …

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Sep 27

Tombstone Tuesday–Barbara A. Schinnerer

Tombstone of Barbara A. Schinnerer, died 14 March 1897. Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Schumm, Van Wert County, Ohio.

This is the tombstone of Barbara A. Schinnerer, located in row 3 of Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Schumm, Van Wert County, Ohio. The tombstone is inscribed Hier Ruhe Barbara A. Tochter von F. und E. Schinnerer, Gest. Den 14 Marz 1897, Alter 33 y, 11m, 20t. The translation: Here rests Barbara A., Daughter of F. and …

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Sep 23

Thank You, Jacob Miller!

Jacob Miller (1843-1918) photo c1900

Nearly two decades ago, when I first seriously started researching my family history, I wanted to find immigration information about my great-grandfather Jacob Miller. On what ship did he travel? When and where did he arrive? I knew he immigrated sometime in the last half of the 19th century but I didn’t know the exact details. …

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Sep 20

Tombstone Tuesday–Marie (Kessler) Mueller

Marie (Kessler) Mueller (1811-1886) St. Paul's UCC Cemetery, Mercer County, Ohio

This is the tombstone of Marie (Kessler) Mueller, located in row 1 of St. Paul’s UCC Cemetery. The cemetery is on the corner of Wabash and Oregon Roads in Liberty Township, Mercer County, Ohio. The gravestone is inscribed Marie Mueller, geb. Kesler, Ehefrau von Johann Mueller, Geb. 9 Dec 1811, Gest. 26 May 1886, Alter …

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Sep 16

FGS 2011 in the Land of Lincoln

Inside Lincoln's Tomb, Springfield, Illinois

Last week I was in Springfield, Illinois, for the 2011 Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) annual conference. It had been four years since I attended a national conference and it sure was fun to attend one again. Over 2000 people from 48 states and five countries attended the conference. It was the 35th Anniversary of …

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