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New: Custom Family Trees in a Modern Style

25 April 2013 Leave a comment
Typographic Family Tree in a modern style

Typographic Family Tree in a modern style for sale at my Etsy store

Today I created a new pedigree design.  The design and relations are completely typographic, and I think it gives it a very modern, trendy look.  I created two versions: the pedigree seen above, and the pedigree with children seen below.  I personally prefer the pedigree without children as I think it’s a more attractive looking print, but I have a feeling the one with children will be more popular.

I have set up an Etsy shop where I will create a pedigree of your choice using the template I created.  Head over and check it out!  I’ll be creating more designs and adding them as I go.

Typographic Family Tree with Children in a modern style

Typographic Family Tree with Children in a modern style

Colorful circules pedigree

Colorful circles pedigree

Deciphering Old German Writing

26 September 2012 1 comment

One thing that I learned to do that always amazes people is to read these old church records written in German, but in a handwriting that no modern-day German speaker I’ve met can decipher–all while never taking any lessons in German or understanding a word of it.  Let me provide the world with the links that helped me figure out what the heck these records were saying.

First off, the Kurrent script examples at AustrianFamilyHistory.org are absolutely incredible.  Start there.  Of course, once you look at more than one town’s church book, you’ll see the vast difference in handwriting between peoples, but one great thing the author does is separate the samples by time periods.  For me, the most incredibly helpful page continues to be the Kurrent Alphabet Samples.  I’ll usually have this open in a window while I’ll be looking at records.  It shows multiple variations of how a single letter could be written (depending on the penmanship, where the letter was in the word, etc).  It’s invaluable.

Second, as if deciphering what the words were wasn’t hard enough, you then had to figure out what they meant!  In the case of the occupations, this could really be tough.  For this, I used a few different resources.  The first was Google translate.  Sadly, that rarely worked.  There were a few pages that I had to sort through to try to find the professions listed, or similar/root words listed (because the spelling back then wasn’t the greatest): European Roots Genealogy’s List of Old German Professions, Old German Professions and Trade Names, and finally, if it wasn’t listed on any of those, FamilySearch’s German Word List.

But, if anyone wants to take a stab at this one from last year, I’d love you forever!

Jacob Quirin, der Junge__, Britzon Quirin, alhier burger, und ___ kirchencensor alhier, ehel. sohn; __
jungfer, Anna Catharina, c__: be___ Schaffer, gr____ ____ alhier ____ ehel. tochter

Translation:
Jacob Quirin, the young__, Britz Quirin, citizen of here, and ____ church censor of here, legitimate son; (married?)
young girl, Anna Catharina, ___: ___ Schaffer, ___ of here, legitimate daughter.

Quirins of Wolfskirchen update

1 August 2011 3 comments

I don’t know what has changed since before, but when I looked at the Wolfskirchen church records now, I can read them much more clearly.  I’m not perfect, but I can pick out the Quirin entries much better.  I have not gone through all of the records of Wolfskirchen, but I have gone through a bit.  The shorthand citations are all for Wolfskirchen, Protestant Parish, BMS 1671-1679 at the Bas-Rhin Archives, and the page refers to the page on the viewer–not any pagination on the leaves.

The first one is one that I’m having trouble with.  I believe it is a marriage record, but I’m not familiar with the words and cannot decipher some of the letters.  It just has the date 1673–no day or month (page 3, #9).

Jacob Quirin, der Junge__, Britzon Quirin, alhier burger, und ___ kirchencensor alhier, ehel. sohn; __
jungfer, Anna Catharina, c__: be___ Schaffer, gr____ ____ alhier ____ ehel. tochter

Translation:
Jacob Quirin, the young__, Britz Quirin, citizen of here, and ____ church censor of here, legitimate son; (married?)
young girl, Anna Catharina, ___: ___ Schaffer, ___ of here, legitimate daughter.

Update: I received a translation for this (and other corrections) from an anonymous source. THANK YOU!
Jacob Quirin, the Jungern, Britzon Quirins, alten burgers, and dessmaligen kirchencensors alhier ehel. sohn: undt Jungfr. Anna Catharina, weyl: Bernhard Schaeffers gewessen unter-___man, alhier hinterlassen ehel. dochter.

Translation:
Jacob Quirin, the young man or youngster, Britzon Quirins the old burger and the church censor of here, legitimate son; and Jungfrau Anna Catharina, deceased Bernhard Schaeffers, under___man of here, legitimate daughter.

Other records
21 September (feast of St Matthias) 1671: Britz Kurin, young man, and his legitimate wife Sinnel baptized their daughter Elizabeth. Witnessed by (p 7, #4)

8 September 1672: Jacob Kurin, young man, witnessed baptism of Matthias Heinrich, son of Andreas Marx and legitimate wife Eva (p8, #8)

17 September 1672: Niclaus Kurin, young man, and his legitimate wife Margaretha baptized their son Hans Phillip. Witnessed by Hans Philipp Geiss; Hans Gangloff; and young girl Anna Catharina, legitimate daughter of Bernhard Schaffer, deceased, died and left her here (p 8, #9)

9 February 1673: Baptism of Johannes Andreas, son of Johannes Nicolaus Geiss and his legitimate wife Anna Juliana. Witnessed by the pfarrer, Rev., Herr Meister Andreas Keueff(?), well thought of minister of Dimmeringen; Jacob Quirin, the younger, citizen of here; Anna Margaretha, legitimate wife of Hans Conrad Gerlach; Catharina, legitimate wife of Hans Adam Ensminger of Diemeringen (p 8, #11)

6 April 1673: Baptism of Augustin, son of Anstet Peter and his legitimate wife Margaretha. Witnessed by Jacob Barth; Jacob Stroh; Sinnel, wife of Britz Quirin the younger (p 9, #14)

10 October 1673: Baptism of Anna Eva, daughter of Andreas Schlosser and his legitimate wife Catharina. Witnessed by Niclaus Brum the younger; Eva, legitimate wife of Andreas Marx the shoemaker; and Anna Catharina, legitimate wife of Jacob Quirin, citizen of here (p 9, #16).

5 March 1674: Britz Quirin, the younger, citizen of here, and his legitimate wife Sinnel, baptized their daughter Anna Margaretha. Witnessed by Sebastian Klein; Margaretha, legitimate wife of Hans Theobalt Quirin of Bockenheim (now Sarre-Union); Anna Catharina, legitimate daughter of Niclaus Gerber (p 10, #20)

2 August 1674: Niclaus Quirin, the younger, citizen of here and his legitimate wife Margaretha baptized son Johannes Matthias. Witnessed by Britz Quirin, citizen of here; Matthias Schmiedt the younger; and Susanna, legitimate wife of Jacob Frantzen of Diedendorf (p 10, #22)

27 August 1674: Baptism of Hans Theobald, son of Niclaus Hackel and his legitimate wife Barbara. Witnessed by Hans Dintinger; Jacob Quirin, citizen of here; and Anna, legitimate wife of Joachim Burckhards (p 11, #23)

24 October 1674: Baptism of Hans Jacob, son of Peter Juncker and his legitimate wife Agnes. Witnessed by Niclaus Quirin, citizen of here; Hans Martin Karcher; young girl Maria, legitimate daughter of Theobald Stroh (p 11, #25)

3 September 1676: Britz Quirin, the younger, citizen of here, and his legitimate wife Synnel baptized daughter Catharina. Witnessed by Hans Martin Karcher, citizen of here; Margaretha, legitimate wife of Niclaus Quirin; and young girl Catharina, daughter of Hans Juncker (p 12, #33)

10 September 1676: Hans Martin Karcher, the younger, citizen of here, and his legitimate wife Barbara baptized their daughter Anna Barbara. Witnessed by Hans Hueltzenkoph the younger; Anna Catharina, wife of Jacob Quirin; and Barbara, wife of Jacob Stroh (p 12, #34)

10 October 1677: Baptism of Anna Catharina, daughter of Hans Theobald Stroh and Ermelia. Witnessed by Paulus Mueller; Christina, legitimate wife of Michael Gruenwald; Synnel, wife of Britz Quirin (p 13, #37)

16 December 1677: Baptism of Nicolaus, son of Hans Georg Schlosser. Witnessed by Michael Gruenwald of Diedendorf; Jacob Quirin, citizen of here; Barbara, legitimate wife of Niclaus Pflaum (p 13, #38)

19 December 1677: Jacob Quirin and his legitimate wife Anna Catherina baptized their son Hans Jacob (who died 3 May 1747). Witnessed by Hans Martin Karcher; Jacob Stroh; Apollonien, legitimate wife of Meister Conrad Schmeids of Hirschland (p 13, #39)

8 September 1678: Britz Quirin and Synnel baptized their son Hans Georg. Witnessed by Hans Georg Schlosser; Jacob Quirin, citizen of here; and Eva, wife of Andreas Schlosser (pp 13-14, #42)

btwn 30 Jun 1679 & 24 Aug 1679: Baptism of Hans Niclaus, son of Jacob Haeckel and his wife Ottilia. Witnessed by Cornelius Geiss; Jacob Quirin; and Eva, wife of Niclaus Hackl (p 14, #45)

24 August 1679: Baptism of Anna Catharina, daughter of Andreas Schlosser. Witnessed by Britz Quirin; the pharrer’s wife; Anna Barbara, Schmeids daughter (could be name or occupation) (p 14, #46)

9 September 1679: Baptism of Anna Maria, daughter of Jacob Stroh and his legitimate wife Barbara. Witnessed by Hans Martin Karcher; Anna Maria, wife; Anna Catharina, wife of Jacob Quirin

To Do List: 15 Feb 2011

15 February 2011 1 comment
  • Almira Larkin White seemed to rely heavily on Lyman Willard Densmore’s Hand-book of Hartwell genealogy, 1636-1887.  Double check on differences.
  • Input data from Neff books:
    • Smith, Hilda Neff. From the Alps to the Appalachians. Arlington, VA: R.W. Beatty Ltd, 1967. Call number CS71 .N383 1967
    • Neff, William Alfred.  The Neff-Näf Family: A history of the descendants of Henry Neff, Manor Township, Lancaster County, PA, Who immigrated from his native Switzerland to the Colony of Pennsylvania settling at Penn’s Conestoga Manor, Chester [Lancaster] County.  Princton Junction, NJ: Neff & Associates, 1991. Call number CS71 .N383 1991.
    • Bell, Raymond Martin and Brendan R. Wehrung.  Ensimger of Alsace and Pennsylvania.  Washington, PA: 1994.  Have entered direct ancestors. Call number CS71 .E6 1994
    • Wesner, Doris.  Alsatian Connections, Volume 1: Family genealogies of Alsatian emigrants to America from the villages of Butten, Dehlingen, Diemeringen, Ratzwiller, and Waldhambach. Apollo, PA: Closson Press, 1995.  Call number E184 .A4 W47 1995.
  • Input data from White (& Densmore) publications (Rebecca W Johnson and Burton H Dyer being closest relatives mentioned)
  • Download & add rev war pension files for William Porter (b. about 1750, d. 10 Feb 1843)
  • finish entering data and citing from The Dana family in America.
    1/14: finished page 341
    Need to do: Francis DANA (1737 – 1813) and ancestors
    Finish Samuel DANA’s (1799 – 1888) descendents
  • Enter data from the article “Captain Edward Johnson, of Woburn, Mass., and some of his descendants” by Hon. Edward Francis Johnson (The New England historical and genealogical register, Volume 59)
  • To research: a Dyer who is buried in Stephentown, NY:
  • Upload PDF of index for Stephentown Baptist Church records

Overall goals:

  • Fill out all data that I have for generations 3-5

To work on later:

  • Expanding/making sense of Phillippi line
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