The Commercial-News, Danville, IL

August 4, 2013

Sample German life online free


Many genealogists have German ancestry, but few have the opportunity to travel to that country to enjoy the sights or visit an ancestor’s hometown. Publications often can fill that void, and an interesting, informative, colorful magazine called German Life is a prime example. Although not considered a genealogy magazine (as compared to Ireland’s Irish Lives Remembered), it does include one department called Family Research, and the free issue online also includes an article about genealogical research in the Kaiserslautern Institute.

To read/print this free April/May 2013 issue, visit and click on the banner, “Go digital! Click here to see.” Other articles include Spring on the Bergstrasse, Gone to the Dogs — The Breeds of Switzerland and Nueva Germania, Hohenau, Filadelfia: Nietzsche, Mengele, Simons, The Many Faces of Germans in Paraguay. Also, noted genealogist, Don Heinrich Holzmann, provides “brief comments” on books relating to German and German-American topics.

As one who recently purchased a subscription, I am pleased with the variety and scope of materials pertaining to my ancestors’ homeland in this publication. Published in the United States and written in English, the magazine’s articles and advertising provide an enticing picture of that European country.

Jewish tombstones

According to a recent article in the Globe and Mail, Jewish leaders in Vienna have been uncovering tombstones that were buried in 1943 to prevent the Nazis from discovering that old cemetery. “The cemetery has no name and is hard to find (but) dates back to the 16th century and had about 900 tombstones until 1938.” After the stones are restored, they will be set up again in Vienna’s oldest Jewish cemetery. To read the entire article, visit and do a search for “Jewish tombstones Vienna” (without quotation marks). The webpage also provides links to related articles.

Immigration project

FamilySearch has been compiling immigration records for its U.S. immigration project, and millions of passenger ship and naturalization records and Ellis Island records have been indexed so far. However, there are 60 million more records to index, and volunteers are being sought. Interested individuals or groups should send an e-mail to

Genealogy course

The Indiana Historical Society will present a class from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21 called Advanced Genealogy Resources, Methods, and Skills. The extensive workshop, to be presented by lecturer and author Debbie Mieszala, will include Digging Through Documents Word By Word (10 -11 a.m.); Twentieth and Twenty-First Century Research: Resources, Methods, and Skills (11:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.); and following lunch (12:30 p.m.), Citing Your Sources (1:30–3 p.m.). Teachers will be able to earn education units (four general LEUs).

Registration costs $20 (or $16 for IHS members) and includes parking and same-day admission to the special exhibit, the Indiana Experience. The class will be held in the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center, 450 W. Ohio St., Indianapolis. For more information visit or call (317) 232-1882.

Queries, as well as a general exchange of genealogical material that readers would like to share, will be printed in the column for free. Contact Joan Griffis by e-mailing