*This story is shared with client permission and with consent of individuals involved. Through DNA analysis we are able to gather information regarding individuals’ shared heritage, far beyond the basic haplogroup. DNA testing, combined with thorough genealogy research, has helped clients break through genealogy brick walls including difficult-to-trace ancestors, determining an ancestor’s ethnicity, and solving family mysteries that would otherwise be impossible to investigate due to lack of records. With client permission, we share the following case in which an unexpected DNA match leads to a life-changing discovery. Kelli’s Story My name is Kelli Hochhalter. My brother is Howard, and our journey of family discoveries through Legacy Tree Genealogists actually started on August 22, 1929. My dad Kent was born that day and he never knew who his real father was. My grandmother married Ferdinand Hochhalter when my dad was 3, and they divorced about 10 years later. My brother …Read more
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Legacy Tree Genealogists works with researchers from across the globe to access records for our clients. We asked Sylvia, onsite in Germany, to share her experiences researching at the German State archive in Duisburg. The German State Nordrhein-Westfalen has three State Archives (Landesarchive): in Duisburg, Münster, and Detmold. The repositories of the Landesarchiv Duisburg cover the northern part of the ‘Rheinland’, the three northern districts of the former Prussian ‘Rheinprovinz’: Düsseldorf, Aachen (Aix-La-Chapelle) and Köln (Cologne). If you have ancestors who come from this part of the Rhineland and you would like to research data from about 1800 to 1920, this is the place to go. The archive, which only recently moved from Brühl near Bonn to this impressive architectural complex on one of Germany’s largest inland harbors, offers civil records (Zivilstandsunterlagen) from 1798 to 1875. These were introduced during the French occupation. Civil Records vs. Church …Read more
Some of the most distinctively Scottish icons are kilts, bagpipes, the highland cow, and the Loch Ness monster, Nessie. If you have ever eaten Scottish shortbread or enjoyed the Scottish games you know exactly what makes Scotland unique. Like many of you, I am a descendant of Scottish ancestry. If you want to trace your Scottish family history, Scotland’s written historical records date back to 1513. The government of Scotland has made these primary records available in online digital images on the site ScotlandsPeople. ScotlandsPeople has a variety of records including vital records, wills and testaments, Old Parochial Parish Registers, Catholic Church Records, Census records, and Coats of Arms. Their website is ScotlandsPeople.gov.uk. You can do initial searches on this site for free. A preliminary, free search allows you to see if they have any records for your family, and then payment is required to view and download a copy of an original record. The costs of the records will …Read more
Records of the Social Security Administration are extremely valuable when completing genealogy and family history research for individuals who lived into the twentieth century. They can provide full name, birth date and place, parents, and spouse information, and are almost always well worth the investigative time needed to find and obtain them. Three records sets are of particular interest and will be discussed in this article. The first is the Social Security Death Index, the second is the SS-5 form, and the third is the Social Security Applications and Claims Index. A short timeline is useful to understand which records were created when, and why they were created: 1935—the original Social Security Act was created to provide retirement benefits and the first wave of citizens register. Many of these are indicated in the SSDI as receiving their number “before 1951.” 1939—the act was expanded to include spouses and minor children of retired or deceased …Read more