*This story of tracing immigrant ancestors is shared with client permission. At Legacy Tree Genealogists we enjoy working with clients from all over the world, especially as they trace their immigrant ancestors through multiple countries. We were especially intrigued when a recent Brazilian client explained that in the process of immigrating from Yugoslavia to Brazil, her great-grandparents, Jacob Wink and Eva Kohl, had spent several years in the United States. In fact, her grandfather, Jacob Wink, had been born in Racine, Wisconsin, during that time period. We were asked to gather as much information as possible about the time they spent in the United States as well as their early years in Yugoslavia (now Croatia). We were fortunate to find many interesting records about this family. Census Jacob Wink and his wife Eva lived in Racine, Wisconsin, for much of their time in the United States. According to the 1920 census, Jacob and Eva lived at 1044 Franklin Street in Racine …Read more
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Legacy Tree Genealogists works with researchers from across the globe to access records for our clients. We asked Adam, onsite in Poland, to share his experiences researching at the Archdiocesan Archives of Białystok, Poland. The city of Białystok became a temporary seat of the Vilnius Roman Catholic Archdiocese in 1945 when the Archbishop Romuald Jałbrzykowski was forced to leave the city of Vilnius once it was incorporated into the Soviet Union. After World War II, Białystok became the home of the church offices as well as of organizations such as the Archbishop's Court, the Archbishop's Curia, and the Theological Faculty of the Stefan Batory University, which were located previously in Vilnius. Today, the Archdiocesan Archives of Białystok (Archiwum Archidiecezjalne w Białymstoku) houses historical manuscript material in the Department of History (Dział Historyczny) and transcripts of historical baptism certificates, marriages records, and death records from the entire …Read more
With the start of each new year, many of us think about and set new goals to accomplish, to live by, to achieve. It is never too late in life to set these goals and look to better our lives and those of our families. Each new day presents new opportunities to reach these goals, and if we fall short one day, we can always strive to do better the next. With the new year upon us, you have likely considered goals you would like to achieve, but have you considered including genealogy research-related goals you would like to work on? The term SMART goals was first known in November of 1981, and have been used by both businesses and individuals ever since. Over time they have changed slightly, but the principles are still the same. What does SMART stand for? S - Specific, or significant, stretching, stimulating, simple, self-owned, strategic, sensible. M - Measurable, or meaningful, motivating, manageable, maintainable. A – Achievable, or attainable, action-oriented, appropriate, …Read more
If you have British ancestry and have done any research on those family lines, you've probably noticed that the index information for vital records doesn't provide you with a lot of details - usually not even the exact date of the event. However, the actual records themselves can contain quite a bit of helpful information, and are almost always worth the time and effort to obtain them from the General Register Office (GRO). In this article, we'll share how to request these records in order to extend your family history. Mandatory civil registration of births, marriages, and deaths in England and Wales began in 1837, and these records can be ordered online through the General Register Office (GRO). Before you can place your order you will need to create a free account. Once you’ve registered you can either order a record right away, or search the index for a reference number before ordering. Although supplying the GRO reference number when placing an order does not change the cost, …Read more