Most of the time proving sibling's is easy, you see a baptism record with the same parents listed and in the same town or village location, then they are likely siblings. In the United States you can prove families with census records, but in Germany I have not found any census records or anything that… Continue reading Proving Family Connections.
I decided today to blog about my great grandmother, Alta Estelle Gilbreath. She was an amazing women who lived to be 101 1/2 years old. Alta was born on 5 August 1898 in a dug out in Indian Territory, Oklahoma. As a child I remember her telling us stories of traveling across the state of… Continue reading My Great Grandmother
One thing that my Grandmother would tell me when I asked her about researching her Germany family was all the records were destroyed during WWII. She once told me that she had tried to research in Kassel and what we had was all that there was. She even said that what she had, she gave… Continue reading Records and WWII
One of the most frustrating parts, for me, of researching German genealogy is names. It seems they name their children with the same names repeatedly. Usually if a baby or young child died and they had another child of the same sex they would use the name over again. I have seen this in several… Continue reading Same Names! Sigh….
I am excited to be attending RootsTech in Salt Lake City this year. For the past several years I have watched the free live stream schedule from home. While the live stream is great I was missing classes I wanted to attend. I have learned so much from past genealogy conferences and classes. It has… Continue reading RootsTech.
I have one line of my German family that is Catholic and I was really at a loss as to how to trace them. I had tried to look at ancestry and family search but could not find any Catholic records for my area in Germany. I had been searching for my 3rd great grandparents… Continue reading Catholic Records in Germany.
That I did not need to travel to Germany to find my Family! It has been hard for me to trace my German family and in 2017 I had the opportunity to travel to my grandmother's (Anne Burghardt) home town of Kassel, Germany. I had been researching on and off for about 10 years but… Continue reading After traveling to Germany for family history research, this is what I learned!
My journey into genealogy started about 12 years ago in 2007. My grandmother was born in 1928 in Hesse, Kassel Germany and I have always been fascinated with anything German and WWII. I did ask my grandmother questions and tried to find out what it was like living in German, especially during WWII. She never… Continue reading My Journey into German Genealogy!
In today’s digital age, genealogy is easier that it has been in the past. We do not have to travel to every place our ancestors lived to find out about their lives. Over the years I feel like I have learned so much about the lives of my ancestors. Learning about the lives of my… Continue reading My Tips and Tricks for German Genealogy!
I thought that I would explain the name of my blog. Ella Jane and Anne are my grandmothers and since my focus for blogging will be about my family history and family stories. I thought, and with a friend’s suggestion, what a better name then my grandmothers. One born in El Dorado Kansas and one… Continue reading Meet Ella Jane and Anne.