A Summary Timeline – Saleker / Salecker Family

Earlier this year, the Church of Latter-day Saints (LDS), who holds the world’s largest collection of microfilmed records for the purposes of genealogical research, announced that they would be discontinuing their traditional microfilm rental service. The reason being, they are working on digitizing their microfilm holdings to make them available digitally online. While on the face of it, this is great news–however, it means that many of the films will be virtually unavailable to viewing until their scanning. Unfortunately, the records I have been relying on from the former Lutheran church in Wischtitten (modern day Vistytis, Lithuania) are only available … Continue reading A Summary Timeline – Saleker / Salecker Family

Don’t Scare Distant Family Away

As I mentioned on my post yesterday, one little-used resource for Genealogy research are distant relatives. These are often times the children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren of great aunts and uncles who, most likely, you don’t personally know. However,┬áthese people can often be privy to family stories, pictures, paperwork, and heirlooms important to researching your own direct tree branches. Reaching out to what are mostly complete strangers can be tricky business so it’s important to get it right the first time. After all, first impressions are everything. Here’s a quick breakdown on reaching out to those distant relatives on your … Continue reading Don’t Scare Distant Family Away

Discovering Secrets: Tillie’s Mysterious Soldier

During Hanukkah I received the best gift a guy could ask for: a small packet came in the mail full of old family photos I had never seen before. They were post marked from Maine where a distant cousin of mine lives. She was the step-granddaughter of my Great-Great Aunt Tillie. Her stepfather, Tillie’s son, died a few years back and after taking a leap of faith and writing her a letter, she sent me some amazing photographs of her fathers featuring Tillie–a person whose face I had never seen before. She was just a name on a headstone and … Continue reading Discovering Secrets: Tillie’s Mysterious Soldier

Grandmie’s Postcards From Glen Lyon, PA

I thought I would share these (mostly to the benefit of the Nanticoke Historical Society and it’s members) post cards my grandmother, Minerva (Nee Yurek of 50 West Enterprise Street) Schultz had. They are various scenes from Glen Lyon, PA–her hometown. They were never used but it’s possible they were taken by someone she knew. If anyone wants high resolution digital copies, please don’t hesitate to reach out via my contact page. Enjoy! Continue reading Grandmie’s Postcards From Glen Lyon, PA