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Before Facebook there was the Cigar Maker’s Journal

August 1st, 2010 No comments

cigarmakersjournal It is pretty amazing when you think about how we keep in touch with friends and family today. It is equally amazing when you think that social networking sites have only been around for a few short years. The "Internet" came about in the early seventies, but was not until the mid-nineties when most of us began to first touch the internet through access to the world-wide web (WWW) and email. Before that people wrote letters to each other, but that only worked if you had someone’s address and there was not a way to search for someone before advent of search engines such as Google. Yet that is not entirely true… Recently while searching Google Books for an ancestor of mine I ran across a primitive form of social networking known as the Cigar Maker’s Journal (Cigar makers’ official journal, Volumes 27-29 published by the Cigar Makers’ International Union of America). This particular set covered the years 1902-1905.

I was searching Google Books for my great-great grandfather, George C. Spiegel, and very surprised that I actually got a hit. George C. Spiegel, also known as George Von Spiegel, was born in 1839 in Sachsen (Saxony), Germany and came to the USA in 1850 when he would have been around ten years old. Where his family first settled is still a mystery, but he, his wife, and young son show up in Savannah, Georgia in the US Census of 1870 where George, Sr’s occupation is listed as Cigar Maker. Sometime between 1871 and 1872, the family moved to Dallas, Texas where my great-grandmother was born in November of 1872.

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List of websites at Ireland National Archives

November 27th, 2009 No comments

The national archives of Ireland has a list of genealogy web sites that they recommend. The page can be found at Genealogy: Genealogy websites

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Links for Researching in Baden

October 31st, 2009 Comments off
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Ros Davies’ Co. Down Ireland Genealogy Research Site

August 22nd, 2009 No comments

Ros Davies’ Co. Down Ireland Genealogy Research Site (Co. Down Ireland Genealogy Research Site) has a number of great resources for folks researching ancestors in the Northern Ireland counties of Down and Antrim.

A recent update to her site notes has:

Wills section of www.proni.gov.uk? So far just indexes c. 1870- 1930 but soon full copies of Wills fee online. Also checked out the www.census.nationalarchives.ie page regularly as Co Antrim & Co. Down were the next to be indexed free online.

There’s a new DNA project for those whose ancestors came from the Ards Peninsula. Check out their website for surnames involved so far.
http://www.familytreedna.com/public/ardsdnaproject/

These links are all definitely worth keeping an eye on.

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