17 October 2017

Tombstone Tuesday : August Miggael

August Miggael lot Albany Rural Cemetery, Section 86


August Miggael established Albany's first German language daily evening newspaper, the Albany Freie Blätter, in 1852. His newspaper ceased to exist in 1913. Miggael died the following year at 90 years of age of senility. 

14 October 2017

Online Irish Genealogical Websites

Although I blog frequently about German-American topics, I am also Irish! And this post is on five of my favorite FREE Irish websites for tracing my Irish roots. Irish genealogical research can be frustrating at times due to an apparent lack of vital records. Unfortunately Irish genealogical records cannot compete with genealogical records from the Netherlands, Belgium, France, or Germany. Nevertheless, your Irish research can be successful because Irish records for genealogy DO exist. One just needs to know where to find them.



  • The National Library of Ireland has Catholic Parish Registers that are fully searchable if you are fortunate enough to know the townland from which your ancestors came. Simply determine what parish was in that townland and then go to that parish. Unfortunately there is no individual name search available on this web page. You will need to scroll through the images. Note: some images are better than others.

  • The National Archives of Ireland contains fully searchable census records for the years 1901 and 1911. Also, the Tithe Applotment Books which were compiled between 1823 and 1837 to determine the amount which occupiers of agricultural holdings over one acre should pay in tithes to the Church of Ireland. There is a manuscript book for almost every civil (Church of Ireland) parish in the country giving the names of occupiers of each townland, the amount of land held and the sums to be paid in tithes. Because the tithes were levied on agricultural land, urban areas are not included. Unfortunately, the books provide only the names of heads of family, not other family members.

  • Ask About Ireland has a fully searchable Griffith's Valuation (GV) online. GV was created 1848 and 1864 to determine liability to the Poor rate for support of poor and destitute within each Poor Law Union. It is a census substitute that details where people lived, what property they possessed, and more.

  • IrishGenealogy.ie has Civil Registration Indexes and Register images available for Irish births, deaths, and marriages. Years covered for Non-Catholic marriages are 1845 to 1940; while Catholic marriages begin in 1864. Births range from 1864 to 1915 and the death index from 1864 to 1965. Images for deaths begin at 1891.

  • RCB Library has a list of Church of Ireland Parish Registers. The list is very handy and complete. It states what records exist, dates, and where they can be located. There is no search function to examine any records. 

May the luck of the Irish be with you in your genealogical pursuits!





RootsTech 2018 Schedule

For anyone who is interested in the RootsTech 2018 genealogy conference, the schedule is now online. RootsTech 2018 will be held 28 February through 03 March in Salt Lake City. Now you can plan your days in SLC! A link to the schedule is here. To aid in planning your schedule there are filters where you can pick a subject categories and difficulty levels for the courses that are planned. I already have my itinerary planned. While in SLC do not forget to stop at the Family History Center. The FHC has extended hours due to RootsTech 2018.

13 October 2017

New Mount Ida Cemetery Project : GoFundMe Page

My friends in Troy, Alysia and Cameron have been working on restoring the New Mount Ida Cemetery, in Troy on Pinewoods Avenue for quiet a few years now. Numerous times they have held gravestone restoration seminars that were led by professional tombstone conservator Joe Ferrannini of Grave Stone Matters. To continue their work and offset costs, they have set up a GoFundMe page. Please check out their fundraising page here. Please contribute to their cause if you are able. It is a worthy cause!



Friday Funny


12 October 2017

Throwback Thursday : Ambrotype

Recently I discovered what type of photograph a particular photo was. Now this photo was not really a photo as we know them today. For starters one of my grandfather's second cousins had a small square "piece of glass;" but when you put a dark color behind it, voila, an image appears. Almost like an old negative, however the image was very sharp. This type of photograph is known as an Ambrotype. This type of photo first appeared around 1854; its type peaked in popularity between 1856 and 1860, and faded away between 1861 and 1866.

If my recollection is correct, this piece of glass was actually two pieces of "glass" put together with the image sandwiched in between the glass panes. According to PhotoTree.com, this early type of Ambrotype was used from 1855 and 1857.

Michael Behrhof & wife Theresa Franz
Children Magadelena (left) & Stephen (right)
circa 1857
With this new found piece of information I feel confident that I can identify the adults in the photo. My grandfather Joe's grandfather and his cousin Charles' grandfather were siblings. Henry and Charles Koreman, respectively. Now the Koreman brothers married two sisters, Margaret and Magdalena Behrhof. Henry and Margaret did not begin a family until the late 1860s. Charles and Magdalena started their families in the 1870s. So the Ambrotype predates them.

Using my known genealogical data, Magdalena Behrhof was born circa 1854 and her brother Stephen was born circa 1856 to Michael Behrhof and Theresa Franz. The children definitely fit the age range for the Ambrotype time period. And they are the only children born in that vintage in the Koreman / Behrhof lines.

Years ago my grandfather mentioned to me that the family lived in Rondout, New York; just outside of Kingston before coming to Albany. I asked; which family but he did not know. But we knew it was either the Koreman's or the Behrhof's. A few years later, still researching the tree, I ended up at the home of another of my grandfather's cousins, Elizabeth and Florence. They pulled out two photo albums that belonged to their grandfather, Henry Koreman. Between the two albums there must have been at least 60 to 70 photos. Tin types, Carte de Visite, and Cabinet Card photos. The album dated to the 1860s and unfortunately they could not identify very many of the individuals in the photos. On the reverse of two Carte de Visite photos was the name and location of the photographer who took the photos. Now comparing the man in the Ambrotype picture to the man below in the Carte de Viste photo; we believe the man to be the same man.

Photographer: Vallaha, Division Street, Rondout

Below is a photo from Rondout of two unidentified children. Most likely Behrhof children.

Photographer: DJ Auchmoody, Garden & Ferry Streets, Rondout, NY
Most likely Magdalena & Stephen


Now the next photo below was also in Henry Koreman's family album and again we believe him to be the same man from the pictures above. We believe this to be Michael Behrhof, one of my great great great grandfathers, who was an immigrant from Bayern. Part of the reasoning behind this is aside from the Koreman's the common family shared between Charles' ancestors and Elizabeth and Florence's ancestors were the Behrhof's.

Michael Behrhof

Below is a copy of a tin type photo of Magdelena Behrhof as an adult. I see a resemblance. Do you?

Magdalena Behrhof Koreman

Below is Stephen Behrhof.





Annual Forest Park Cemetery Tour

According to the Facebook page for the Forest Park Cemetery, the annual walking tour of the cemetery will be held on Saturday, 21 October 2017 at 1:00 PM. The tour is presented by the Brunswick Town Historian and the Brunswick Historical Society. In the event of rain, please check the Facebook page to see if this event will rescheduled. Parking is not allowed on Pinewoods Avenue. Cemetery gates will be opened at 12:45 PM. The cemetery is located on Pinewoods Avenue in Brunswick across from Banbury Road.

Last year I attended this event and found it very interesting. A link to last year's blog post on this event can be found here. Wear sturdy shoes and dress accordingly. It was very cool during walk last year.