13. juli 1942 klokken 2 om natten blev den tyske Reservepolitibataljon 101, der var stationeret i den polske by Bilgoraj syd for Lublin, vækket og beordret op i ventende lastbiler.

De ca. 500 mand fik udleveret ammunition, og konvojen satte sig i bevægelse.

I næsten to timer skrumplede lastbilerne gennem natten mod Jozefow knap 30 kilometer østpå.

Viewing public records is free if you go to the municipal or religious archives and look them up yourself.

However, if a genealogy company took the time to scan paper-based records from various sources around the world, index them and make it easy to search through mountains of material, you will mostly likely be charged at some point.

When we think of history, we’re tempted to think of names, places and dates.

However, for genealogists looking to find their family heritage, history is a very personal experience that can take you back in the time.

If you know where to look and know who to ask there is a whole world of information to discover.

David Wentz of Naperville poses with portraits of four generations of his family.

It started early this year with a yes or no question: Is attorney David Wentz of Naperville related to scientist Myron Wentz, who recently made a major donation to North Central College in Naperville for rights to name its science center?

All he knew was both families came from Germany. 

She’s still in middle school, but Taylor Krout has written her life story.

The 11-year-old incoming sixth grader prepared an autobiography this year, squeezing the pages into a 3-inch binder packed with her family history. “It’s not as hard for me as it would be for other kids, because in my class, I was known as the fastest writer with my hands” said Taylor.

A few years ago I made a trip to Virginia to do some research on my family.

While I was there I met and talked with several people.

Then about a year later I received a telephone call from a man in Virginia. He had apparently talked with some of the people I had visited and they suggested he call me for some help with his grandfather.

Tuesday the International African American Museum (IAAM) announced the launch of its Center for Family History – an innovative national genealogy research center dedicated solely to celebrating and researching African American ancestry.

The center will engage in genealogy education, original research, community archiving, public outreach, and collections.

It will also assist with DNA testing.

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