Monthly Archives: July 2010

OSGA Conference in Cedar Falls

I’m headed to the Ostfriesen Society Genealogical Conference, being held this year in Cedar Falls, Iowa.  (In previous years  it was in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area.)  The complete research library of OSGA will be available for research.  Let’s see: Tergast, … Continue reading

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Seven Surnames in One Ostfriesen Family

Part of my ancestry is of Ostfriesen heritage, coming from the extreme northwestern area of Germany next to The Netherlands. Up until approximately 1811, the patronymic naming system was used. That is, the surname changed with each generation and was … Continue reading

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Adventures in Tracing My Ancestry

Having been interested in genealogy for over 50 years, I’ve decided to blog now and then about this fascinating hobby. Today I received the probate files of my great-great grandfather John Schwans (b. 27 Nov. 1848, Vreschen-Bokel, Oldenburg; d. 25 … Continue reading

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