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[personal profile] juniperphoenix posting in [community profile] genealogy
Several branches of my family emigrated from Germany to the US, so lately I've been doing some background reading on German history. Today I came across The German in America by F. W. Bogen (link goes to, where there's a full scan of the book). It's a guidebook for German immigrants published in 1852. The book is in German with a facing-page English translation and contains advice about travel arrangements, learning English, finding work, and adjusting to American ways, as well as the full text of the US Constitution and biographies of George Washington and Benjamin Franklin.

It's neat to think about the possibility that my ancestors might have used this book or one like it.

Here's my favorite passage:

"If you intend to go to the interior, be not detained either in New-York or in other great cities by Germans residing there. They will tell you stories about bears and wolves, and impenetrable forests, and poisonous swamps, which they say, are in the interior; they will paint before you phantoms of terror of every kind, in order to detain you in the cities. Believe them not! Be not deceived thereby! If you have relations or acquaintances in the interior, who have written you, travel to them. If you were accustomed to a country life in Germany, and like it, a country life in America will please you, as many thousands of your countrymen are very much pleased with it, and are doing very well."
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[personal profile] blueswan posting in [community profile] genealogy
Back in February, I was notified I had a new match in the first to second cousin range. This is rare. I personally know my first and first once removed cousins, and I know of my second cousins so I was excited. I sent a message off right away. *crickets*

So I (im)patiently wait. And wait. Yesterday I fired off a less enthused message and crossed my fingers. Here is the exchange that took place last night:

Me: Hi my name is L. I sent an email a while back which may have been a little too enthused. I was just so happy to see someone appear on my list of matches that was so closely related. If you would like to discuss this further I would love to hear from you.

SW: Hi my great grandfather is F H.

Me: My grandfather was F H from Ontario. He was married to L L from Muskoka District Ontario. Their children were E, F, C and O. Is this the same family?

SW:Yes. Is your dad C?

Me: Yes. (and now I know roughly who this is) Are you one of D's kid?

SW: Yes. I'm his son.

Me: Is this Wes?

Wes is my brother's grandson. I don't know him personally. Due to family weirdness and a divorce, I've only met my brother a handful of times, and never met his children (all adults) or their kids. But this was just another incident of "small world" that I thought was worth sharing. It could only have happened because of Ancestry.

The importer has (mostly) caught up!

Apr. 19th, 2017 11:02 pm
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[staff profile] denise posting in [site community profile] dw_maintenance
Our content importer has mostly caught up with its backlog; almost everything that's still listed as being "in the queue" are jobs that were tried, failed once or more with a temporary failure, and are waiting to try again. (The importer tries a few times, at successively longer intervals, when it gets a failure it thinks might be temporary/might correct itself later on.) This means that new imports scheduled now should complete in hours (or even minutes), not the "several days" it's been taking.

If you tried to schedule a second import while the first one was still running, at any time in the past 10 days or so, you may have confused the poor thing. If you think your import should be finished by now and it isn't, and you're seeing "Aborted" on the Importer Status part of the Importer page, feel free to open a support request in the Importer category and we'll look into it for you. (It may take a little bit before you get a response; those of us who have the access to look into importer problems have been really busy for the past two weeks or so, and I at least need a few days to catch my breath a bit before diving back into the fray! But we'll do what we can.)

I hope all y'all are continuing to settle in well to your new home!
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[staff profile] denise posting in [site community profile] dw_news
Hello, Dreamwidth! Goodness, this past week has been unexpectedly exciting, hasn't it? A warm Dreamwidth welcome to everyone who's just joining us: we're glad you're here, and we hope you're liking the new digs.

Before we get into all the things I have to cover, though: Given the reasons most people are citing for not wanting to agree to LiveJournal's new ToS, I'd like to take a moment and ask: if you're able to (and only if you're able!), please consider donating to the Russian LGBT Network/Российская ЛГБТ-сеть. They not only do excellent work across the Russian Federation, but are currently mobilizing to help evacuate LGBT people in Chechnya who are in danger of detention or death. (EDIT: If you're outside Russia, you can donate through All Out; the Russian LGBT Network website won't accept donations from outside Russia.)

To our friends in Russia who are LGBT and those who are against the mistreatment of anyone because of their sexual orientation: We stand with you. Please stay safe above all else, but if it would be safe for you to post that link, the LGBT Network is asking that as many people as possible publicly share the information that the LGBT Network is ready to help. (They also ask that you do not contact people in Chechnya directly to let them know, as there are reports the authorities are searching people's phones and computers for evidence of sexual orientation.)

The rest of this post is primarily to give y'all new folks a brief orientation (or as brief as I am ever capable of; no one has ever called me concise) to help you settle in, although I hope at least some of it will be useful (or at least interesting!) to those of you who have been with us for a while. Come with me as we discuss Dreamwidth's history, a bit of what (we think) makes us special, the answers to a few common questions about how we roll, and a few useful tips that may help you with the transition.

Dreamwidth 101! )

Whew! That was a lot to throw at y'all at once, I know. (Yes, I always am this longwinded. And I always use this many parentheses.) Everybody who's been here for a while: thank you for your patience as I got our new arrivals up to speed! We'll be back in a few weeks with a code push and a bunch of new features and fixes, so the next news post should be more broadly applicable.

In the meantime, let's have a welcome party in the comments:

* If you're looking for new people to subscribe to you, leave a comment with some basic info about your journal and what you tend to write about! Then everybody can browse around and meet each other. (There's also [community profile] 2017revival and [community profile] addme, both of which are unofficial but bustling lately; holler if you know of any more.)

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Finally, a quick note on the importer queue: it's still going, I swear. The jobs finishing now are the ones that were scheduled around 48 hours ago, though, so we really appreciate how patient y'all are being!

As always, if you're having problems with Dreamwidth, Support can help you; for notices of site problems and downtime, check [site community profile] dw_maintenance and the Twitter status account. (We can't do support through Twitter, though! Open a support request instead. Me trying to fit into 140 characters is not a pretty sight.)

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