April 21, 2007

until April 30th, check free passenger lists on ancestry.com


On my very first search, I found documents relating to my ancestors. Check it out ASAP; afterwards, there will be a fee for these searches.

April 21, 2007 at 02:19 PM in Chile, Germany, United States | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

March 31, 2006

Why I like the Internet

Wilhelm Schulz & family

Above: my great-great-grand-father Wilhelm Schulz with wife Albertina Pett and their 7 children.

I had the great suprise and luck to be pinged by Karen Schulz Ibaceta yesterday by email. She found me just by googling “Schulz in Chile”. Karen is the daughter of Dr. Ronald Schulz Grangier, who’s my mom’s distant cousin, and who is the doc who delivered me, ie. the first person to ever see me…  What a surprise.

Karen lives in Bath, UK, as she recently got married there. We spent a couple of hours last night by IM (I have a voice extinction, so I can’t talk since yesterday morning), and added lots of information from her family’s side + names + pictures.

This kind of odd connection happens to me all the time. I have established links to cousins in Brasil, Canada, Australia, Germany, without ever having met them. Tools such as the Internet with VoIP, fast file transfer, IM, search engines, genealogy hosting sites have enabled these conversations that otherwise would almost never have existed.

So I’m glad I’ve been involved professionally on the net for the past 15 years, and with genealogy for the past 25. By the way, the links to names do work, but they are reserved to members of my family and friends who have the password: just to protect the names of those people born less than a 100 years ago.

And for the curious of you out there, as far as I know, we have no link to Charles M. Schulz, the creator of the Snoopy cartoon, although his family came from Berlin too. 

March 31, 2006 at 02:20 PM in Chile, Germany | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

August 11, 2005

Using Flickr to share genealogy pictures

Most of us have gazillion of old pictures at home that we rarely look at or share with family. By us, I mean genealogists who collect all family documents from all family members (photocopies, pictures, etc.).

I started uploading some pictures recently on Flickr where the note-on-a-picture is a wonder to help identify who's who. On this picture for instance, you see my great-great-grandparents Stanislaus HANNIG and Berta ULRIKSEN SIEMSEN on a boat crossing the Atlantic between Germany and Chile, with their 5 kids. I don't remember the exact date of the trip off the tip of my head, but it should be around 1905 or so.

Have a look, I uploaded about 380 pictures on this set, and it includes also lots of old pictures of Chile that were used in postcards used between my family members.

(cross-posted from sepulveda.net)

August 11, 2005 at 04:39 PM in Chile, Germany | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

February 10, 2005

Searching for documents at your relatives' house

Gotthold_wedding_dataYears ago as a young kid at my grandmother's house, I stumbled upon a book in the living room shelves: it was a bible, in german (and gothic print).

I remember it had some names on it. After investigating with my grandmother, I started scribbling an original family tree on that side. I must have been about 10 years old.
Actually the bible was a present to Immanuel Gotthold TZSCHABRAN on his wedding day to Clara WIESE. They married in the military barracks church in Frankfurt an der Oder (Gotthold was a officer in the Imperial army).

PreussenIt has additional information: Gotthold was born in Pitschen (see dot 1 in the map), and Clara was born in Wehlau, now Znamensk in Russia (dot 3). Their wedding was in Frankfurt/Oder (dot 2). (Microsoft MapPoint is a very useful piece of software for genealogy!)

Finally, the book has a picture of Martin Luther, another indication of were to do my research in Germany today, had I not known that part of that family was Lutheran.

Gotthold_bible_page_de_gardeI finally got my grandmother to give me that Bible: it is safe now in the hands of the family genealogist !

February 10, 2005 at 10:43 AM in _Software, Chile, Germany, Poland, Russia | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

January 15, 2005

Ancestors' surname list for my son on sepulveda.org

SepulvedaorgFollowing the post below on the new surnames on which I'm looking for information, here are the surnames in the tree of my son. They are sorted alphabetically, and include location and dates for easy comparison. If you have a friend password for this site, then you can also link directly to the relevant section of the tree. I'm really mostly interested in these names, but of course any other piece of intormation is welcome. Thanks for your interest.

Surname list (updated on 22/1/05):


January 15, 2005 at 11:39 PM in Algérie, Austria, Chile, Denmark, España, France, Germany, Italia, Poland, Prussia, Russia, Slovenia | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

August 02, 2004

Omama turns 80 - big HANNIG family reunion in Santiago

IMG_0060My maternal grand-mother, Nelda HANNIG KORTWICH turned 80 last week. My mother, Doris SCHULZ HANNIG organized a party last Saturday in Santiago, Chile, with over 40 family members, including cousins to the 3rd degree. My grandmother's young cousin Alex HANNIG ANDERSON was there taking some pictures.
You will find them on http://www.hannig.cl/fotos/.
Update on 11/08/04: Selection of those pictures plus more are available in the photoalbum to the right, including captions.

The HANNIG clan family tree is here, but you will need a password to access the full names here (names of living persons born less than a 100 years ago are masked, unless they are public figures).


August 2, 2004 at 01:07 AM in Chile, Denmark, Germany, Poland, Prussia | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack