It has been said of our work, “Who am I? Where do I come from? Why am I here? Begin the Journey With Genealogy!”
Today we touched the past globally as we asked questions and found answers in a collection of immigrant letters. We were able to acquire and translate 3 letters held by the library of the University of Erfurt for a US client who leaves tomorrow for where his ancestors walked in Hesse-Kassel, Germany. The letters lead back to the ancestral home and another generation. Thank heavens for email and the professionalism of these curators.
We are so fortunate to be able to do research on a daily basis at the premier world-wide genealogy facility – the Family History Library. While we are grateful for all of the online resources including free and subscription websites and databases, full-time research requires much more access to records than can be found on the Internet alone. We are located at the hub of ancestral research here in Salt Lake City, Utah and today we really made use of the FHL collections for over 150 countries. We moved up and down between the floors housing microfilm, books, maps and other resources. We sought and found answers for research questions for multiple localities, historical eras and ethnicities including US and International such as Kentucky, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Canada, British Isles, Germany, Italy and Russia. What a fun-filled day of research it was!
We closed off the day with New York probate work in modern day records. Somebody is going to be happy with this report of heirs!
In our spare time, we are making good progress on our New Archives African American Project in preparation for our upcoming trip to Sullivan County. We want to find their New York town records that were created because of the 1788 Law for the “Purpose to Manumit and Set Free Slaves” and the 1799 Law for the “Gradual Abolition of Slavery”.
Today we heard back from a local historian about her Town of Neversink and its history and early records. Our search now broadens because she notes they had no town office in 1798 – 1809 when Neversink was part of Ulster County so town clerks would report directly to state government, or hold these early records in their homes. We learned this practice continued following the formation of Sullivan County in 1809 and they have no early records existent today in Neversink. It appears they have been lost either to historical obscurity, and most certainly forgotten due to historical amnesia. We know such records still exist in other New York counties so now our quest for Sullivan Co takes us to the former capital of New York, Kingston of Ulster County, and Albany, today’s governmental seat. Hopefully we will find answers there regarding the early black records that were to be created because of the 1788 and 1799 laws on registering black slavery births and manumissions.
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Peter D. Hays – Polish Translation
Peter D. Hays
342 1/2 W. 8th
Eugene, OR 97401.
Language Preferance: Any European language into English (Polish, Czech, Hungarian, German, Russian, Ukrainian, Latin). Experienced in archaic, dialectical, and archival terminology, older spelling and handwriting, and translations from the Slownik Geograficzny.
Language Education: Graduate work, 10 languages, University of Oregon, GPA 4.0. Lived in France and Germany.
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Submitted by Mary E. Petty, BA (History)
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