Monday, October 27, 2008

A lead to Eislingen...

Posted by Craig on 10/27/2008
The FamilySearch Labs project is certainly an exciting one, as it provides glimpses of what genealogy research might be like on the Web in 5-10 years from now (and beyond).

Millions of records are being digitally scanned and transcribed onto the site. Volunteers can sign up to help create the indexes at FamilySearch Indexing. I've already transcribed about 1,700 names to help with the effort. It's easy to do and it's fun to help.

I've had success with the new indexes before, and I had success after poking around the site tonight. Fellow Württemberg researchers who might be familiar with the region I'm about to address - the Jagstkreis/Donaukreis area - I'm sure will appreciate this.

I checked the new Germany birth/marriage indexes (1700-1900) for members of my Biser/Bieser family. My 4th-great-grandfather Andreas Bieser was born in a small village called Wäschenbeuren in 1799, and his family had lived there for over 150 years.

The index turned up a new lead for me and a new town: Eislingen. My ancestors Joseph Bieser and Eva Hockenmaier, who were both born in Wäschenbeuren and married there in 1722, had 10 children, but I've only found 3 (Michael, Lucia, Anna) to date to remain in Wäschenbeuren. I've long wondered what happened to the rest.

Apparently, two relocated to Eislingen. Elisabeth Bieser married Xavier Mayrhoefer in Eislingen in 1754, and the record states she was the daughter of Joseph and Eva. It's a match. A younger child of Joseph and Eva is also found, and his parents again are identified on the marriage record (thankfully) - Anton Bieser married Ottilia Gassenmayer in Eislingen in 1770.

Just like that, I have a new town to research. If I'm interested in later checking out possible descendants of Elisabeth and Anton, and distant relatives of mine (and I am if I get the chance), I can order Eislingen records and go at it. There's a number of Bieser's in the Midwest and elsewhere in the U.S. that I'd love to connect to, and perhaps Eislingen's where I need to start.

It's all thanks to the FamilySearch Labs project. It's a great one. Check it out some time.

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