When searching ancestors in foreign countries the challenge of deciphering the names can take on a crazy journey. It could be the names of people or/and the names of towns.
For example, borders are moved and therefore the town is then listed under another country and so it’s in the language of the country it now belongs to.
This is particularly prevalent in Eastern European countries such as Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, the Balkans and some of the Baltic countries.
For example, an ancestor may have been born in a town that was East Prussia or Germany but in the 1870’s when Prussia was dissolved, the border was changed so that town could be now in Poland or even Lithuania.
Based on this, the searching can be a bit of a nightmare even with the technology and the internet.
After enjoying an informative program on TV where, the topic on this night was a discussion about the Pros and Cons of having your DNA done because for some people, dark family secrets are revealed. I then had to ask myself; Do I really have a half-sister?
It seems that not everyone has had a pleasant experience with finding out the results of their own DNA. And if given the opportunity again, knowing what they now know, would they get it done again?
For some people who received information that was previously unknown to them, I’d completely understand if they said no. Not only is that particular person affected by the results, but at least 2 other people will have lasting affects as well.
This is usually the mother and father with possibly an unknown man. Plus, this list can sometimes extend further depending on the individual’s circumstances. So where do I fit in?
I always knew it would be an uphill battle finding out and answering my internal question As The Story Hunter asking where do I belong gives me reason to work on it.
I learnt that having an eleven-letter surname that originated from Prussia/Poland/Germany was going to stop me initially. This was because of the ‘Iron Curtain’.
Anyone who wanted to do historical searches in this part of Europe was going to come to a dead end. So because of this, I’m sure others would feel the same as me as I always wanted to know, where do I belong.
Think back to a movie, a TV show, or a story about a discovery of hidden treasure. It was never found easily and if it was, how boring would that be? A pirate searching for treasure or us researching our family tree have similar features. The Story Hunter has the same journey as it will always take you through twists and turns and into dead ends before you get to the secret spot.
Then, when a specific location or clue has been discovered, the treasure hunter is then kept extremely busy deciphering the false leads from vital bits of information.
BTW: Have you noticed that the pirates in the movies always seem to look alike? They always seem to have similar features.
Searching for my roots through our Family Tree is a long time passion and I can spend hours and hours researching for the next bit of information. So it seems that The Story Hunter is well suited to me as I scour for Ancestors stories.
I watch every episode of the show where celebrities have their ancestry researched religiously. Even re-runs and this is because I just larv hearing about what our ancestors did whether they’re mine or someone elses.
Now my journey has directed me towards researching and creating ancestors stories and through finding this information I am having so much fun.
The Story Hunter
I am soo excited because being The Story Hunter, I can do this full time!
It all started a few years ago with an old family photo album that was given to me. I was amazed and wondered who were these people so I began the exciting journey.
Within a few months, I’d come across so many ‘pearls’ of information. It’s an absolute treasure trove!!
Life from Australia to WW1 in France. Frederick Fiddes.
Within a short period of time I’ve noticed that my mother’s side of the family tree and history was the opposite to what I expected such as enlisting for WW1 at 44 years of age. He’s gone from life in Australia to WW1 in France.
There are some interesting characters which probably fit the Australian description of Larrikan and I can see that some character traits have to be genetic.
Based on this, I was looking forward to researching them with a light-hearted approach as in his case there were 2 main stories. It was like Frederick Fiddes was living 2 different lives.