What countries and other locations are you interested in researching?
Sweden, Netherlands, Germany
What is your level of genealogy knowledge?
Beginning Family History Researcher
For what reason did you start genealogy research?
I first became addicted to researching my family's history ever since I found photos of my great grandfather and great great grandfather amongst my grandmother's things. Unfortunately, I don't have as much time to devote to research as I would like.
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My Dillmans were based ni Pennsylvania for 1 generation (well, not even). They came from Germany in 1751 and my ancestor ended up being taken prisoner in the American Revolutionary War and taken to Halifax Canada. They misspelled his name and it became Stillman. My Stillman cousins are all over eastern Canada, Maine, Florida, Massachusetts, Minnesota.
The Dillmans who remained in the United States spread out to Indiana, Kentucky, Iowa, Washcington and basically all over. Of the 12 distinct families of Dillmans in America being tracked by the Dillman Family Association, mine is by far the most prolific.
Hope school is treating you good. Homewoork isn't all that fun, but it will pass.
All but one of my ancestors so far comes from Sweden. But I have long ways to go with my research. The thing is that all my ancestors but two comes from the province of Skåne.
The Fick line I'm researching is not my ancestral line. It's the ancestral line of my cousins father. No bloodrelation so far with me.
I live almost in the middle of Skåne in a town called Eslöv.
Skåne is about 2.45% of Sweden, 4258 square miles.
Well, to start to research in Sweden there are a couple of things you need to know.
You need to know about the different parish records and how they work.
You need the name, birth date and parish of the person you are looking for.
You need somewhere to translate Swedish to English.
Learn how the Swedish surnames system works, the patronymic system.
No, I've just learned about the Michigan Library. Can you give me an idea what I can find there? Does it contain birth records...census reports...???
I would like to plan a day or two there to research.
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