Notes from the White County Historical Society

By Charlene Shields

Notes from the White County Historical Society as they appear in "The Carmi Times."

Copyright ©2001 by "The Carmi Times" Permission to reprint granted to Cindy Birk Conley and the ILGenWeb by Barry Cleveland, editor, "The Carmi Times."

Exercise for genealogists; origin of German names

We've been on a book-buying binge; you can learn all about it in a
future column. Pat is busy tallying the books by counties. Most of them
are already on the shelves, ready for your perusal.


Here's something which has made the rounds in genealogist's circles for
quite some time. This is A GENEALOGIST'S GUIDE TO CALORIE BURNING. These are the calories this activity consumes per hour.

Jumping to conclusions, 100
Adding fuel to the fire, 150
Wading through paperwork, 300
Beating around the bush, 75
Swallowing your pride, 50
Climbing the walls, 150
Bending over backwards, 75
Hitting the nail on the head, 50
Making mountains out of molehills, 500
Dragging your feet, 100
Passing the buck, 25
Eating crow, 225
Jumping on the band wagon, 350
Running in circles, 200
Pushing your luck, 250
Opening a can of worms, 50
Tooting your own horn, 25
Throwing your weight around, (depending on your weight), 50-300


According to a NW Missouri Genealogical Society Newsletter, the
suffixes to German surnames often contain clues to the regional origin
of that surname; "bach" from southwest Germany; "burg" from throughout
Germany; "haus" from Westphalia; "ecke" from Hesse and Thuringia;
"ingen" from Baden and Wurttenberg; "inske" from Upper Silesia; "reuth"
from Bavaria; and "ski" and "zje" from east Pomerania. (Of course, that
doesn't help me out much with my "Hon" and "Braun" lines.)

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