Let's research each other's ancestors to get a taste of records in other countries.
I will give you the first challenge and post details about an ancestor of mine, with some clues about sources you can use. If you're up to the challenge, please leave a comment and describe an ancestor of your own. I will myself pick out one of these other ancestors as well. Next month, I will write about my experiences researching this ancestor. Everybody who claimed an ancestor is invited to place a comment to share her/his experiences.
Rules of the challenge
Research another person's ancestor:
- Leave a comment at the bottom of this page, specifying which ancestor you are picking. This need not be the last one. Please pick a country where you do not have any ancestors yourself.
- Research this person using the sources suggested or other sources.
- Write a comment about your experiences at the bottom of my blog post next month (5 May), describing for example:
- What did you find?
- What resources did you use?
- What challenges did you face?
- What was different from the area where you usually do research?
Give another researcher a challenge:
- In the same comment where you claim an ancestor, share one of your own.
- Give the name and identifying details about this ancestor.
- Suggest some research questions.
- Suggest some online sources to start with. If the ancestor is impossible to research online, please pick another one. The records need not be available in English although if an English website is available, please say so.
|Map of Made en Drimmelen, 1868|
First challenge: Johannes Marijnissen
My challenge to you is to research my great-great-grandfather Johannes Marijnissen. He was born in Made en Drimmelen, Noord-Brabant, Netherlands on 6 July 1864 and died in Eindhoven, Noord-Brabant on 26 December 1943.
Suggested research questions:
- Who were his parents?
- Who was his wife?
- What was Johannes' occupation? Looking at the map above, what does that tell you?
- Where did Johannes live on 1 January 1900?
- Who was the informant on his death record? What does that suggest about the place where he died?
- Regionaal Archief Tilburg [Regional Archives of Tilburg], provides access to population registers and birth, marriage and death records of this area. Dutch only.
- Digitale Stamboom Eindhoven [Digital family Tree Eindhoven], provides access to population registers and birth, marriage and death records of Eindhoven. English version available.
- WieWasWie, has indexes of birth, marriages and death records. A free account is needed to access the scans. English version available.
Who is up to this challenge?