03 March 2012

Doing the German Happy Dance

I have been doing the German Happy Dance, minus the drindl, since six a.m.  this morning.  I woke up early and wasn't able to get back to sleep so I decided to check my email and boy am I glad I did!  I had three emails from a Fredrich researcher!

A new 'cousin', Michael, found me through my blog.  He was researching his Fredrich family who had immigrated to Manistee, Michigan.  My Fredrick family from Manistee, Michigan is one of my brickwalls.  I wrote, "Researching Sisters Leads Me to Finding Great, Great Grandmother, but that is about as far as I have been able to get with my Fredrick family.  My 2x great grandmother is his 3x great grandmother, Susanna Koenig Fredrich, who I wrote about under the name Susanna King Fredrich.  King is Koenig, in German.

I will be writing more about what Michael shared with me once I have gone through it, but I thought I would share what I have been doing on this snowy, Saturday afternoon-transcribing two German records and looking on maps for Prussian places.

How I Spent My Saturday!

  Resources Used

Here are some of the references I used, going clockwise from top left:
  • LaRoussee German Pocket Dictionary-purchased at Barnes and Noble.
  • German Maps & Facts for Genealogy by Wendy K. Uncapher and Linda M. Herrick.
  • 1828 Prussia Map, Michiana History Publications, South Bend, Indiana-purchased at FGS2011 Exhibit Hall.
  • German Research Workbook-Compiled by Tamra Stansfield of Family Search-the workbook sent after FGS2011 for participants in the German Research Workshop at FGS 2011.
  • Family Search Research Outline for Germany by Family Search.  Available in pdf format at family search.org.
For disclosure sake-I am not nor have I ever been affiliated with any of the authors, companies or organizations of the above references.  I purchased them myself and use them for my personal research purposes.


  1. Brenda, I'm a little late in commenting, but I wasn't going to let this post slide by. Not only are you dancing around, but you're so organized! Michael found you through your blog, and now, I hope you two are breaking down walls! That's wonderful.

  2. Barbara, I can hear the bricks tumbling. Thanks!