German-American History: Early Key figures in Abolitionist Movement in Chicago

Many of my Ancestors (both paternal and maternal) first came to America and settled in Chicago in the mid to late 19th century. Most had left Germanic areas of central or northeastern Europe, at the time. Some were Pomeranian, West Prussian, others Bohemian.

Of course that is at the time of about 1850s and 1860s.

As part of American Black History Month, I wanted to see what German-American figures at that same time supported or were active in the African-American effort to end black slavery in the U.S.

Here are two figures of note, I am sure there are others. I hope to learn of more German-American individuals who supported the black community to end slavery, maybe others can share that knowledge with me.

In meantime, Notable German-American abolitionists in “Chicago” included.

Wilhelm Rapp:

and Hermann Raster:

German-American History: Early Key figures in Abolitionist Movement in Chicago

Remember Black History Month: Some Early American Key Figures

Ida Wells:

Frederick Douglas:

George Washington Carver:

W.E.B. Du Bois:

Booker T. Washington:

Harriet Tubman:

Sojourner Truth:

Remember Black History Month: Some Early American Key Figures

Great-Grandparents Ursprung & Maas

Pictures of My Maternal Great-Grandparents. Marie Antoinette Maas nee Ursprung, the house she is said to have been born in Frankfurt, Germany in 1879. She came to US in November 1901 through Ellis Island. Settled in Lake Geneva, Wisc. and later in 1937 in Long Beach, CA., where she died in 1952. Also her husband William Maas and a windmill he built for his yard. Still learning more about both sides.

This picture was taken in 1967 by my Great Uncle Karl Maas of his mother’s birth house. Still in process of verification but supposedly in Frankfurt, Germany in 1879. Sure the house no longer exists but possible source information from German Genealogists will help identify, location and family information.
William Maas in early 1950s in Milwaukee, Wisconsin at his son Roy Maas house.

Above picture is of a windmill that my Great-Grandpa William Maas built for his yard.

Great-Grandparents Ursprung & Maas

Client Education: How to Find Qualified Genealogists

Had an interesting conversation yesterday about how best to ask for help from a researcher and where to find qualified genealogy researchers.

This is an important question that every person seeking help with a family history problem (a brick wall or lack of knowledge in a particular expertise area for source information, etc..) should ask themselves before picking anyone that says they do family history research.

Just be aware that certain qualifications could help make your results/outcomes better or least educational when working with qualified people.

A key place to look for credible researchers is to review these three specific organizations: Association of Professional Genealogist (APG), the Board of Certification of Genealogists® or BCG, and the International Commission for the Accreditation of Professional Genealogists, internationally recognized as ICAPGen with Accredited Genealogists (AGs).

Each of these three genealogy organizations have set standards for the genealogical community and what should qualify for good research practice.

Once you find a person doing genealogical research in your area of need, contact the person via email or phone call and request a research plan/proposal for the research question you seek answers or guidance. Remember that most qualified genealogists would expect this request be made, and it also helps if you as the potential client, clearly write out what your research question is and any objectives you expect with research.

This is only the beginning of how to select and secure help for the research you may need or want. There is more in the process, which I will explain in future posts on “helping clients through education”.

Happy research.

Client Education: How to Find Qualified Genealogists