German · Immigration · Methodology · Steinkamp

Where Did They Come From?

This weekend, I began teaching a four-session course at the Newberry in Chicago. The title of the course is “Discover Your German Ancestors’ Origins.” This first week, I focused on best practices for finding an immigrant ancestor’s town of birth. Without this piece of information, the ancestral line cannot be extended further back in time.… Continue reading Where Did They Come From?

German · Newspapers · Steinkamp

German-language Newspapers

Researchers in the United States are spoiled with access to newspaper “mega sites” like, GenealogyBank, and News Archive. They’re not free, but they do have a broad geographical reach. They do not hold all available newspapers, but they represent at least some newspapers from every U.S. state and sometimes other countries. A one-year subscription… Continue reading German-language Newspapers

Military · Steinkamp · World War I

World War I Records

April 6, 2017 marked the 100th anniversary of United States involvement in World War I. To commemorate this event, released a new database, “U.S., Army Transport Service, Passenger Lists, 1910–1939.” This database contains the names of soldiers and other military personnel who arrived at U.S. ports during the years indicated. Sometimes family members were… Continue reading World War I Records