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Newsletter Subtitle:  YOGS CRAZY CRATE71: How about a trip to Germany
Month Day Year: SEPTEMBER 14, 2010


Here we are with a crate of German-related subject matter.  This one
seemed to take a long time to get to, but I kept finding books of
interest to an American with German ancestry filed somewhere other
than in Germany. We have been doing mostly foreign-oriented
materials for a while, English, Irish, and a few for Scotland and
others at the end of this crate, or if I keep finding more of them, they
will fill a second crate next week.   

We thank you for your patience if your research for your ancestors is
still all stateside.  If you research well, you will, sooner or later,
reach the point where you have identified some of your foreign
ancestors and hopefully, exactly where he came from, when he got
here and where he actually came into this land and where he made
his first settlement  What a trail they laid to get here!  It is not
always easy for us to follow that trail because we are doing it in
reverse!  We start from here and today, then we search backward into
the "who knows where yet" and the centuries of the past.  We are
looking for our ancestors who came to this place  we already know
about and the exact place from which they came.

Watch for some additional foreign books as we clean off our shelves
to make additional space for the Indiana and Kentucky research
shelves to come back out to the shop and take their rightful place
on the shelves.  There will be, surely, some duplicates once we do
get organized out there, and you, our readers, will be the first to
know about them before they are put on sale to the general public.

But first, to the business at hand! This is Yogs CRAZY CRATE 71!
Wilk.  Volume 7. Don Heinrich Tolzman, IndianaUniversity - Purdue
University  at Indianapolis, Editor. Indiana Geman Heritage Society,
Inc., Indianapolis, IN.  Max Kade German-American Center,  ©1976
& 1987.  83 pages, cardstock covers, wrappers, glued binding.  A
NEW book.  Gerard Wilk's biographical sketches were first printed as
a little birthday gift to the nation's history-loving Bicentennial in
1976.  Part of the year-long observations and celebrations
encouraged an unprecedented "ethnic revival" as this great nation is
made up of diverse cultures and ethnic groups, each eager to prove
that a large segment of our nation was composed of their particular
ethnic group, each of which wished to share how their ethnic group
had contributed to the fine country of which we were, and are, so very

This new sense of historical identity, the role of German-Americans
became a focal point of discussion. According to the 1990 U. S.
Federal Census, nearly one-quarter of the population claims some
degree of German Ancestry, thereby marking the German-Americans
as the largest ethnic group with descendants in the United State
which included some Germans, roughly eight million immigrants
from German speaking countries and regions have arrived on
American shores. They were not simply assimilated into our
predominantly Great Britain/English background, they fully co-created
the American way of life. 

The Biographical Sketches in this volume cover the following persons:  Josef & Anni Albers, John
Peter Altgeld, John Jacob Astor, Albert Bierstadt, Wernher von Braun, Adolphus Busch,
Albet Einstein, Karl Follen, Manfield George, Walter Gropius, Oscar
Hammerstein, Friedrich Hecker Abraham Jacobi, Johann De Kalb,
Henry A. Kissinger, Jakob Leisler, Emanuel Leutze, Francis Lieber,
Ernst Lubtisch, Ottmar Mergenthaler, Christian Metz, John O.
Meusebach, The Muhlenberg Family, Friedrich Munch, Thomas Nast,
Anna Ottendorfer, Erwin Panofsky, Franz Daniel Pastorius, The
Roblings, Ludwig Paul Scott, Johan Paul Schott, Carl Schurz, Martin
Schwarzschild, Charles Proteus Steinmetz, The Steinway Dynasty,
Friedrich Wilhelm von Steuben, Levi Strauss, Johann August Sutter,
Paul Tillich, The University in Exile, Henry Willard, Robert Wagner,
Bruno Walter, Kurt Weill, Friedrich Weyerhauser, and John Peter
Zenger.  Includes a Bibliography, wonderful 1990 map showing
density of the population of German-Americans who lived in each
state.  States with a high population density of German-American
descendants [between 46.2% to 53.8%] are North Dakota, South
Dakota, Nebraska, Minnesota, Iowa and Wisconsin. States with a low
population density [between 6.5% and 14.9% were Maine, New
Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island,
Tennessee, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina,
District of Columbia and Hawaii.  Some of these I recognized, but
many I neeeded to read.  PRICE $16 Very interesting reading!

VOLUME II.  Compiled by Johni Cerny.  ©1988, 471 pages,
hardbound.  Volume II continues with the listing of the records
available at the Salt Lake City, Utah, location or on microfilm which
may be ordered and read in your nearest Family History Library
Branch.  There are about 100,000 rolls of microfilm in this collection
of German parish records. The majority of these German parish
records date from the mid-sixteenth (1500s) century.  They began
recording christenings, marriages and death/ burial records after
1600.  The registers vary in uniformity, content and form from area

[Baden and Wuerttemberg also have Family Registers which offer
complete family group records including birth, marriage, and death
 information for each family member, with names of parents and
their residences.] 

Research in German parish and civil registers cannot be accomplished
without knowing the EXACT place and approximate date of the event.
At a minimum, knowing the immigrants last residence in Germany
will offer a place to begin your search.  The following kingdom,
provinces and duchy registers are listed in this volume as being
available for searching:  Saxon States, Silesia, Schleswig-Holstein,
Westphalia, Thuringen States, Oldenburg, Brunswick, Bremen, Alsace-
Lorraine, Hesse, Lippe-Detmold, Mecklenburg-Scherin, Mecklenburg-
Strelitz, Schwarzburg-Rudolstadt, Schwarzburg, Sunderhausen,
Waldeck, Anhalt, Lubeck, Schornburg, Tippi, and Hamburg. 
New book. Price: $40

By George F. Jones.  This book has the name of Marsha
Hoffman Rising - Jan 1992 on the inner cover sheet. Do names that
sound German or look German intrigue you?  Do you have an
ancestor that had a name that might be German?  Professor George
Jones has thoughtfully put together the answer to many of those
questions-a book, alphabetically arranged (A to Z) of German
American Names, giving spellings, meanings, and variants of about
12,700 names. He attempts to explain the meaning of names borne
today by Americans which derive from the German language. 
Moreover he tries to deal with the Americanization of some of those
names, explaining the social and historical phenomena that
contributed to the distinctive character of those names. Chapters
include 1.)  the origin and significance of given names. 2.)   the need
for and orgin of surnames.  3.)  Christian names. 

German names, both first and last, are so prevalent and widespread
in America, there can be few people who will fail to find something
of interest in this German-American name list.  By the way, the study
of names is called Etymology [the study of etym or roots of words].
This book can be thoroughly enchanting as you look up the surnames
of your ancestors and wonder if they ever knew what they meant,
and then realize that is probably why they Americanized them into
something else when they got here.  He makes the point that names
are an arrangement of a particular combination of sounds, not
necessarily letters, as MacIntire, McIntire and McIntyre are all legally
recognized as the same name.  Also, as are Cramer, Craemer and
Kraemer the same NAME. 

He also explains that "High German" in language use did not mean
social or educational superiority.  Neither does it mean to the north
or up in Germany.  [When traveling we go up to go north which is the
way we hang a picture or map with the direction of north to the top.]
"High German" was used and written by peoples in the South of
Germany where the mountains are "high".  It simply refers to the
southern highlands part of Germany. 

Likewise, "Low German" as pertains to written language refers to the
low coastal plain in the northern part of Germany. Not to its
direction on the map.  "Low German" was used and written primarily
by the German people who lived on the broad coastal plain in the
low elevations.  Therefore, remember "High German" (Southern) and
"Low German" (Northern) refer to the elevations of that part of
Germany not to the desirability, superiority or educational level of
that language.  So, High German is found in writings of the Southern
parishes of Germany and Low German is found in use in the northern
part of Germany. [Bet you didn't know that before you read this, did

You will learn a lot more of very practical use when looking for
variant spellings.  One good tip ito also look for the base name
without the von, thus for von Hagen, look also under Hagen. 

 AND IN THE UNITED STATES.  277 pages, black plastic comb binding,
cardstock covers.  USED book.  By Olga Miller.  Published by the
Everton Publishers, Inc., Utah. ©1974.  In this very useful book ,
Part 1.) she covers Colonies, New England, Indentured Servants,
Convicts and rebel Prisoners, And Then We Became the United States
of America, Foreigners in American Wars, Passenger Lists, Migration,
Citizenship and Naturalization.  In Part II she covers the immigrations
which had religion or group refugees as the reason for the migration. 
She covers Acadianss, The United Empire Loyalists, Churches,
Concerning Ministers, Huguenots, Jews, The Mormons, Luterans
Mennonites, Moravians, Society of Friends (Quakers), and Roman
Catholics.  In Part III she gives information on Heraldry.  I
n Part IV she covers each of the states wth a list of helpful
books and sources to help you find your ancestors' place of settle
ment.  Part V covers the countries from which they came:

Behind the Iron Curtain - Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Poland, Russia,

German Language Speaking Countries - Austria, Germany, Switzerland;
Great Britain and her Possessions - Barbados, England, Ireland,
Scotland, Wales, West Indies, Australia, New Zealand, Union of South
Africa and the Bahamas; 

Scandinavia Countries - Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden:
Western Europe - Belgium, France, and the Netherlands.
Each state gets a timeline of events that either encourage or
discourage immigration either from or to that area. Major events are
identified and sources for further research are listed.  I used this book
a lot in my research.  It is a good tool to have available to you when
another location pops up during yur research.  Most good genealogical
l libraries have most of these resource books in their collections. 
Nice condition.  PRICE:  $17
  Sale price 10% off is 15.30
Deutsche Bundeposte.  1981.  This is a "Zip Code Book from the
German Post Office.  385 pages 5.5 by 8.5 inches.  Written entirely in
the German Language.  Handy to have if you plan to write to Germany.
Of course, I looked up Fussgönhein, my ancestral home.  It's # is
6701.  I found its also written Fußgönheim!   PRICE: $4 
On Sale 50% off at $2.                                                                                                                                                             

German Research - CRAZY CRATE71  BOOK 6:   GERMAN FOR
GENEALOGY By John W. Heisey, 30 pp., 8.5" x 11", Softbound $10.00

German alphabet types, glossary, & abbreviations. Signs and symbols,
illnesses, weights & measures, Titles and Samples of German
tombstone readings with translations in English. 

From time to time you may see handmade or printed certificates or
documents, brightly colored and filled with German writing, both
hand drawn and written.  Should you find one of these cherish it as
something your or somebody's ancestor left for them to find.  They
are very valuable genealogically and as antique art.  Fraktur terms
are also explained in some detail. Maps of former German states &
present day Germany helps to locate ancestors from Germany.  There
is a Latin glossary and a list of abbreviations used in church records
which may be entirely or partly in Latin.  The cover picture is of Bad
Kreuznach, the town in which we lived while Ray was stationed
there. and their famous Bridgehouses.  Built in the early 1500 so the
owners could charge people for crossing the bridge.  They are famous
because of their age and condition.  One was hit woth a cannonball
during the "Hndred Year's War" which is still embedded in the upper
outside wall. PRICE: $10.  20% off sale makes it priced at $8

Alsace - Lorraine Research - CRAZY CRATE YOGS71  BOOK 7: 
137 pp., 8.5" x 11", Softbound.   Place names in the Alsace-Lorraine
district in both French and German language and a some in Latin.
Includes rivers, streams, mountains, castles, and more. Maps.
Important genealogical addresses, modern postal codes. This part of
Europe was fought over many times by both the French and the
Germans, yet basically belonged to neither.  The people of this area
felt it was only wise to accommodate whichever country exerted
ruling power at the time.  Many of the geographical markers for the
towns, the rivers, the roads changed depending on who was in power
at the time.  Here are the oldest Latin names, the more modern
French and German.
  Know all three so you can get it right!  New
Books.  PRICE:  $15.

I:U.S.A. Edited by Arta F. Johnson.  111 pages, softbound, cardstock
cover, wrappers, glued binding.  ©1982. Once you have determined
that your immigrant ancestor came from the country of Germany
[our word] Deutchland [their word], your mind goes blank with shock.
You know where the country is located in the continent of Europe
generally, you may even remember or know some things about the
country.  BUT, you have little or no idea how to go about researching
there.  This book was created to help you!  With 111 pages of
information about how to do this, you can count on getting help here.
There is a large selection of background materials, wth maps and
atlases for the USA as well as Europe.  An enlaged section
immigration, with materials on naturalization records and
immigration in the 19th century [1800s], and a large section on
religious groups.  As much as is possible, most of these books are in
English. Special Groups, such as the Palatines in New York, Hessians
in the Revolutonary War, SaLzburgers, AND Germans in Russia are
covered here.  States with individual coverage are: PA, NY, NJ, MD,
VA, WV, NC, SC, GA, LA,KY, OH, IN, MI,WI, AND IL.  Attention is also
given to libraries holding large collections in PA & IN, State Libraries,
Public Libraries, LDS Libraries, Historical Libraries, and Church
Libraries.  We are proud to be listed among the Publishers and
Vendor Lists in this book - address for us is right, too! 
PRICE:  $15 20% off is $12.

Charles M. Hall, Published by The Everton Publishers, Utah.  ©1974,
128 pages, cardstock covers, red plastic comb binding allows pages
to lie flat for photocopying.  This is a genealogical atlas.  Geography
has a lot to do with genealogy.  Knowing someone came from
Germany is not enough to do the job!  You need help!!  This book is
the help you need if your family came from either of these two places
in Land States in Germany.  The lack of knowledge about these
complicated geographical pictures made the job too hard.  Here's help!
Since more people seemed to have emigrated to America from
these two states than any others, the author chose to do this first.
There is a lot of material to be found is known, but where is what
you need to find for where your ancestor lived may not be that easy
to find. Section 1 is a brief history of Baden-Wuerttemberg-

Section 2 contains helps in Tracing Ancestors Across the Atlantic
Ocean. Section 3 gives you a translation of Key Words and Symbols.
Section 4 has a correlation of Various Jurisdictions within Baden-
Wuerttemberg [Map is included here.]  Section 5 holds 1:200,000
scale Maps of the state of Baden-Wuerttembeerg.  Section 6 is an
index to the Gemeinde (Communities) and Parishes of Baden-
Wuerttemberg. PRICE:  $20 On Sale  20% off.  Now $16. 

BRIDGE TO GERMANY.  VOLUME 2. Part A is Hessen.  Part B is
Rheinland Pfalz [The Palatinate] By Charles M. Hall, Published by
The Everton Publishers, Utah.  ©1976, 160 pages, cardstock covers,
glued binding, printed mostly one-sided to avoid bleed through of
the ink especially on the many maps. This book is really two books
in one.  Part A covering the Land State of Hessen and has six sections as
as the others do.  Section 1 gives the historical orientation, [read this,
 it is important!]  Section 2 is for bibliographical Orientation. Section
3 is for Jurisdictional Orientation [Who Kept What Records When and
Who Has Them Now]  Section 4 is the overall map of Hessen. 
Section 5 has the index to the Gemeinde (Communities). Section 6
has a Supplementary Index to Non-Gemeinde (Communities) places.

Part B is the Rheinland-Pfalz (The Palatinate)
Section 1 gives the Historical Orientation, [read this, it is important!]
Section 2 is for Bibliographical Orientation. Section 3 is for
Jurisdictional Orientation [Who Kept What Records When and Who
Has Them Now?] (Including General Maps). Section 4 is the overall
1:200,000 scale maps of The Rheinland Pfalz (State).  Section 5 has
the index to the Gemeinde (Communities). Section 6 has a
Supplementary Index to Non-Gemeinde (Communities). 
PRICE: $25 Now on sale 20% off at $20.

PART I AND PART II [Huge two volume set.]  Volume I has 498 pages. 
By Karl Stumpp.  Published by the American Volume II has Historical
Society of Germans From pages 499 to 1,018
Reprint 1982.  ©.  Dedicated to the Russian-German people in the
Soviet Union, and the Germans From Russia in Canada, the United
States and South America.  Did it ever occur to you that your
ancestors may not have come straight here from Germany?  That they
may have gone to other countries before they came here to America?
There is no quarrel with these two volumes of over 1,000 pages,
which tell the tale of many people who wound up here,
in America, but did not come straight from Germany, indeed they
might have moved several times before winding up here.  There is
no way I am going to abstract the names of these people.  It would
take one entire crazy crate to do justice to this one book, but I can
tell you it has been thoroughly done, translated, proofed and is as
right as we human beings can get.  It should be in every genealogical
library, so you can at least say your ancestors were not among these
brave and hardy groups, who in the search for the freedom that
means something, in the wish that their children may be even more
free than they were, moved, and moved, and moved again.  It says a
lot for this great land of ours that so many of them wound up here
and have chosen to stay because they have found the peace and
freedoms, the opportunities and prosperity for which even their
ancestors had moved.  Most of the explanations for three categories
in his book are in English, but of course, the names are mostly in
German.  PRICE was $90.  On sale for 20% off at $72.

CHART ON THE REVERSE!  Outline Map of German States is on
one side, plus the backside of German handwriting samples in both
the Gothic styles and Olde German. Each capital and lower case
letter is drawn separately with the variety of styles in common use. 
All enclosed in an archival standard weight sheet protector  for its
long time use and protection.  The archival sheet protector has been
three-hole punched for easy packing with you in your three-hole
binder.  Great for taking out of the binder and keeping with you as
you look at microfilm or microfiche.  PRICE:  $2.  SPECIAL for this
newsletter audience
only 50% off until September 30, 2010. Just $1
I can help you here, because I lived in Germany in the late 1960s and
the early 1970s.  I felt, after about six weeks there, perfectly
comfortable living there because they live much the same as we do. 
The differences just make the experience charming.  They are friendly,
helpful to strangers, and want, for the most part to help you be happy
while you are there.  For me, in a very short time, I felt like I was with
family.  I took a short course in German, then found you really only
need two phrases.  You ask first very politely, "Do you speak English?
"If they nod, you proceed in English.  If they shake their heads - no,
you learn to say in German, "Find for me someone who does please."
You will wnd up speaking to a younger person, perhaps a child still
in school, who will translate for you.  Fifth graders in Germany have
been studying English for several years by then, and like our children,
they love showing off how smart they are.  Since that was thirty years
ago, I am sure they have grown up by now and most of the Germans
speak it fairly well by now.  English is spoken in almost all businesses.
To help foreigners do business most hotels and restaurants have,
above the central entrance, small flags flying for whichever
languages are spoken by the staff.  In Delft, Holland, the proprietor
of our Hotel, could welcome you in 14 different languages. The next
morning, he sat at the back table speaking German; at the next
table he spoke Italian; at the next table he spoke Spanish; at our
table he spoke English; and the front table heard his Chinese.  He
brought his wife out to our table, and he apologized for her because
she did not speak English fluently, although she did speak three
other languages. She was working on her English. Ray spoke fluent
German and could converse with friends who were German.  No one
else of the six of us at our table could speak anything but English. 
It was a humbling experience.  The travel industry is very big in
  They want you to like their people and their country.
Ray, Sherry and I attended a performance of the renowned PASSION
PLAY in Oberammergau in 1970. The performance by the villagers
[the law states you must be a native, born there, raised there, and
currently living there to be on stage.]  Each participant feels it is an
honor to do so.  This thank you to God for his deliverance of the
town from a great sickness hundreds of years ago is celebrated in
Germany once every ten years for the entire summer.  The play
begins at 8:00 a.m. in the partially open amphitheater, accompanied
by the sight of the open sky and the whirring of the birds' wings as
they flew in and out.  There is a break from noon until 2:00 when
everyone leaves the theater to get lunch at the many fine native
restaurants in the village.  The play resumes at 2:00 and finishes at
6:00 p.m..  The entire play is performed in the German language,
which was no problem at all since everyone that is there knows the
plot lines.  A moving experience in any language and we were so glad
we had gone.  By the way, we did not have reserved seats, but there
are almost always, some seats available on the day of the
performance.  If you happen to be there on a non-performing year,
you can still take a tour through the building, check out the
costumes many of which are carefully preserved antiques.  That trip,
behind the scenes, was taken the following year, and it was also, as
interesting as it could be.  If you go to Germany, don't miss this stop! 

Thanks for reading this newsletter.  There will not be a newsletter on
Friday of this week.  I will be driven by an associate down south to
Evansville, IN on that day. On Saturday we will be in Evansville, at
21 First Avenue at the wonderful WILLARD LIBRARY- under the trees
outside all day from 9 until 4 with a huge display of genealogical
books, charts and forms.  Stop by and say "hello!", shop our display,
and enjoy.  If you would like to attend the all-day conference, call
for further information:  Willard Library, 812-425-4309.  This is one
of the finest genealogical collections in the southern half of Indiana. 
The stately mansion that serves as its home is an experience in and
by itself!  The collection of books is amazing.  I find something new
every time I go.  This library has the only complete collection of all
the Arphax Public Land books in southern Indiana.



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