Researching Your German Ancestors

These notes are from today’s genealogy program at work. The speaker was Joseph Lieby. Handout

I didn’t quite get as much as I’d like out of this presentation mostly because I’ve sat through a dozen or so now. I have a pretty good idea what’s going on. So my notes are less comprehensive than last time.

************ for German family
International Genealogical Index at Familysearch.
Many naturalization records are available via ancestry. Could happen at any port of entry.
1811-1820 2,617 immigrants. Famine of 1816-1817. Thanks to Java volcano.
1821-1830. 2,302
1831-1840. 7,248. July Revolution of 1830. French in origin, but disrupted business
1841-1850. 19,241. March revolution of 1848-1849. Germany was not a country yet.
1851-1860. 73,462. Consequence of 48/49 Revolution. Most southwest states in Germany were Catholic. Merchants, newspaper, bankers were being lost to Germany. These were not poor people. Came with skills, money, and business savvy
1861-1870. 31,149. American Civil War. Some because they supported the Union’s anti-slavery stance. They also wanted the US to be stable since their own country was not.
Ask your relatives now. They won’t be much help once dead.
Records from Brinne are almost non-exist. You may have to reconstruct them.
Don’t take what you read as goodie truth.
An ancestor may be physically described in passenger lists with German words
There were no ships straight to the US. Everyone had to stop in another country. Many switched ships in England.
Many people were pressured to leave the area after the revolution.
Boston was not a great entry point. Baltimore, Texas, and Philly were better.
Naturalization records: look for Declaration of Intent
Naturalization and marriage records have birthplace listed.
Can’t find info? Check the marriage records of younger children whose marriage may be in a newly founded vital records office
Check the German archives sites online
Church records. Protestant Northern around 1520. Catholics in the south after Council of Trent in 1563
Civil records 1870s
Look up book, MeyersOats. Lots of info up until 1911
Germans love abbreviations

Computers in Libraries 2015: Day 3

And to round it out, the final day of the conference. I was preoccupied with preparing for my second presentation, so I missed some time. One of the highlights of the conference for me are in these notes on customer development. Too bad I couldn’t stay till the end — I had to go to my presentation then!

The NYPL session on their Tech Connect was interesting but really not feasible for smaller libraries. They have a great program and an overflowing wait list of people who want to attend the programs. We don’t have the same situation, so it was a little difficult to see how to apply their strategies to a single branch library.

Organize and Protect Your Digital Life Class Notes

These notes are the property of Darien Library. I taught this class tonight which I suspected only a handful would show up, but 36 did despite the pounding rain!

Phones & Tablets

How to backup

How to retrieve/protect data when stolen

  • Prey:
  • Remote destroy coming soon


How to protect yourself when you throw out a computer

If your hard drive is clicking

The drive is dying! You need to get everything off.

Protect Your Online Identity

  • 2 Factor Authentication
    • Google
    • Twitter
    • Hootsuite
  • Heartbleed
  • AOL compromised
  • Password manager:
  • Internet Explorer bug — hot right now
  • Hightail: A way to securely send your files and see who downloads them.
  • Think about what you post
    • Bosses
  • When doing transactions, look for the lock for security
  • Don’t click on links in emails — go directly to new site

Own Your Online Identity

Extra Tips

  • Use copies, not originals
  • Have grab and go packs — did this for Hurricane Sandy

Summary of Digipalooza

General Notes

  • Full notes:
  • Users can be referred to as:
    • digital fugitive — people who refuse to use technology
    • immigrants — remembers a time before computers, technology, and the Internet saturated every part of their lives and have embraced these changes
    • natives — practically born with a cellphone and laptop in hand!
  • Ebook usage has doubled in the last year.
  • The most popular ebook reads are for pleasure with nearly no market for non-fiction works.
  • Library staff needs to be fully trained in using ereaders and OverDrive.
  • The library needs to “promote, promote promote” ebooks and audiobooks to users since they are often unaware of these services.

OverDrive Specific Notes

  • A new catalog system called OverDrive WIN will be launched before the end of the year. It will be more focused on what a user wants to do (read an ebook, listen to an audiobook, listen to music, watch a video) with an improved interface.
  • The focus will shift from what device you have to finding what you want to read and then OverDrive trying to figure out the best format for the user’s device.
  • OverDrive will be able to deliver books through Kindle before the end of the year.
  • There are several mobile apps available on various platforms. Unfortunately, just like setting up OverDrive on a Nook is complicated, there is also a lot of steps in setting up OverDrive on iPods and similar devices as well.

Open Source Software with Jason Puckett

Have I mentioned my love for Georgia’s Wednesday Webinars Series? They’re always helpful and the librarians are very personable with great ideas! Today was about Open Source Software (watch me try to resist plugging the webinar and my notes to my classmates). I knew about most of the Open Source Software that was discussed but was glad to have a chance to hear other peoples’ thoughts on Drupal.

Do you know of other webinar series that I should be watching out for?