Molly Rogers, Digital Database Coordinator for the New England Historic Genealogical Society, has requested our help. She writes:
“The New England Historic Genealogical Society has partnered with the
Archdiocese of Boston to digitize and create a searchable database of
sacramental records. We have many volunteers helping us scan and index
volumes for this project. We are currently trying to transcribe
volumes from Holy Trinity Church which was a community center for
German immigrants in Boston. Many of these records are written in
German including old-fashioned script. We are looking for more
volunteers who could read German and help us index these volumes!
“I was hoping perhaps you could help me pass on this message to the
members of your society to see if anyone is interested in helping out.
We have many remote volunteers—we handle remote work through
Microsoft Excel and Dropbox. Thank you for your consideration! Please
contact me if you would like further information about this project.”
If you would like to assist, please contact Molly directly at <firstname.lastname@example.org>. Thanks!
I first heard German researcher and author Astrid Adler (Tiefenort, Thuringia, Germany) speak to the Ventura County Genealogical Society in April of this year. Some six million Germans emigrated in the 19th c., and some were from her region…and not a few were from her town! Her extensive research into this local emigration and its causes led to an exhibition on the subject — for which she was honored by her state in 2012. Her talk covering the high points of her German-language book on the topic was informative, entertaining, and definitely well-received. Now she has published an English-language version for American readers.
Our Ancestors Were German: Emigration in the 19th Century from Grand Duchy Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach is an attractive volume that adequately covers this broad subject of emigration/immigration from a variety of perspectives. She plans to promote the book beginning with a first presentation in Ventura County on January 14th at 11 am at the Port Hueneme Historical Society Museum, on Market St. In May, a book tour will formally begin with stops in Southern California and in the Washington, DC area.
Orders for the book may be placed here. Full information about all of her books (including a forthcoming one) may be found on that page as well. A list of the towns from which the emigrants originated, as well as the states in which they located, may be found here.