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SWFLGG General Meeting
Saturday, March 5 2016 - 10:30 am
 Mid-County Regional library - Room C
Forrest-Nelson Boulevard, Port Charlotte
"First Ladies of German Descent"
Presented by Member Karen Hazel
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Genealogy for Researching

In pre-20th century Germany, marriage usually occurred between those who lived nearby.  Sometimes, however, a man and woman from different towns married.  In this case, the woman usually went to live with the man’s family.  Rarely did the man move to the woman’s town.  There were reasons for this.
  1. If a man had citizenship in a town (Bürger), it was not transferrable to another town.  By moving, he had to through an difficult legal process to get a new s not transferable to other towns. If he moved to another town and he wanted Bürger status in the new town.
  2. A man was given the right to practice his occupation.  Towns regulated how many of each occupation there could be.  Trades were coveted and it was difficult to a new person to acquire the right to a well-paying occupation.
  3. When a woman moved to a new town to marry a man, the legal process was much simpler.  The couple usually only needed permission of the town’s council
  4. Men usually only moved to a new town during times of war, famine, or plague.  Times were desperate and local authorities were weakened.  There was no need to worry about permission; people did what they had to do to survive.   
Source: http://schmidtgen.com/wordpress/2014/11/01/german-genealogy-tip-32-a-married-couple-usually-lived-in-the-husbands-hometown/  
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Useful Research Websites

Do you know it cost $7 million to build the Erie Canal (1817-1825)?  Do you know how much that would be in "today's" money? Check out this website for the anwer,,, among many others! (Thank you, Werner!) 
 
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