Otto August Arndt

Another step closer finding my great grandfather and his path through life .. all photos I post are family photos this was a picture post card found in the back of an old photo album .. so I scanned both sides…

Thank you to a connection in Germany .. I found this on the phone book there …. trying to learn more about the Henning Arndt family

Found in the Adressbuch Berlin 1886

Breathing in and out today

It’s Sunday… so peaceful out… missing the hugs and kisses of family and friends .. glad for the true family and friends in my life … woke up.. brushed teeth.. had a shower you know the usual .. made coffee and tirned this on … I Just love this woman! Well these woman ..

but iyanla has helped me in so many ways over the years with her words of wisdom… her kindness .. her spirituality … one of my true mentors to help me see things more clearly or just to “ see “ period and reflect

In Loving Memory .. Jim and Frieda Green

My mother and Father both boarded these great ships. My dad in 1961 on the SS AMERIKA and my mom in 1966 on the SS UNITED STATES .. Im a HUUUUUUUUUUGE advocate for sharing the memories of our immigrants, there stories on how they came to the USA on these two great vessels .. as Ive told you .. I too had family that came from them. I am trying to document each story .. and see if I and find family members from those who also sailed on these ships… children.. grandchildren .. and those who had family who might have worked on these great ships!! .. Anyone want to help!! 🙂 Lets do this!!!

i just got this via email today through the Association ….

We were heartbroken to learn of the recent passing of longtime Conservancy supporter, Jim Green. Jim served as a purser on the SS United States and was onboard for the ship’s record-breaking maiden voyage. Jim’ courtship with his wife Frieda is one of the Big Ship’s big love stories. On a 1957 voyage, young Frieda Kerstgens was a passenger aboard the ship and, in the words of Conservancy board member Mark Perry, “she and Jim had a ‘meet cute’ right out of a classic Hollywood film,” which was featured in our 2008 documentary film, SS United States: Lady in Waiting. To view this romantic clip from the film, click HERE
Jim’s spirit and positive energy will continue to energize and inspire our efforts on behalf of the SS United States, the ship he loved so much. We are deeply honored that the Green family suggested contributions to the Conservancy in lieu of memorial flowers. Our hearts go out to Jim and Frieda’s children: John, Heidi, Christopher, and their families. As Mark Perry so poignantly expressed, “I like to think dear Frieda, who left us in 2016, has been saving her beloved husband a deck chair.”

Genealogy Conference .. A day of Fun and experience!!

Dear Tanja,

Thank you for registering for the NGS Virtual Family History Conference which gives you access to both NGS 2020 Live! and NGS 2020 On-Demand! The information below will assist with your preparation and includes helpful information about the syllabus, testing information, the program, and on-demand conference recordings. 

Testing for NGS 2020 Live! 

On 18 May, Playback Now will send an email to registrants with testing instructions to access NGS 2020 Live!, a reminder email on 19 May, and a “Join Us” email about 30 minutes before the event starts. Check your spam folder to ensure you don’t miss it. With your registration package, you will be able to stream the event directly to your computer or portable device on 20 May 2020. You will be able to view the featured speakers’ presentations on-demand beginning 1 July 2020. 

NGS 2020 Live! Program

A full-day event is scheduled for Wednesday, 20 May from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. (EDT), featuring opening remarks from NGS President Ben Spratling and Executive Director Matt Menashes; our lunch speaker award-winning storyteller, Stephanie Raff; the NGS Awards program; and exciting presentations from Thomas W. Jones, Judy G. Russell, Elizabeth Shown Mills, and Blaine T. Bettinger. All lectures will have online chat during the session and a short Q&A after each session. Prizes will be awarded throughout the NGS 2020 Live! event.

Ancestry, FamilySearch, and FamilyTreeDNA will also present some of their newest recommendations for best results using their databases.

NGS 2020 Live! presentations will include:

  • Validating Unsourced Online Information
    Thomas W. Jones, PhD, CG, FASG, FNGS, FUGA
  • Breaker Boys and Spinner Girls: Child Labor Laws and Their Records
    Judy G. Russell, JD, CG, CGL
  • What’s New on Ancestry with Crista Cowan
  • Echoes of the Women Who Have Gone Before—Celebrating Women’s Suffrage 
    Steffani Raff
  • What’s New on FamilySearch with Ron Tanner, FamilySearch International 
  • Turning Witnesses into Evidence
    Elizabeth Shown Mills, CG, CGL, FASG, FNGS, FUGA
  • DNA Testing—It’s Not Just Ethnicity with Janine Cloud, FamilyTreeDNA
  • What If? Learning About DNA Through Case Studies
    Blaine T. Bettinger, PhD, JD

NGS 2020 On-Demand!

Develop exceptional genealogy skills with a highly comprehensive set of on-demand webinars from NGS’s expert conference speakers. The on-demand recordings will be available for viewing 1 July 2020 through 15 May 2021. Playback Now will contact you in June to submit the sessions you select for your on-demand lectures. Check the NGS website for a full list of sessions.


The virtual conference syllabus is now available online for NGS 2020 Live! and NGS 2020 On-Demand! registrants. The syllabus highlights the major points of each lecture as submitted by the speaker and is often referenced during the sessions. Please note that capturing, transmitting, or redistributing syllabus materials from either the full syllabus or the individual syllabus items or the bulk of the material presented in a session infringes on the intellectual property rights of the speakers. As a registrant, you may print one copy for your own personal use but may not share any syllabus materials. You must request permission in writing from individual speakers for anything beyond your personal use and reference.

Exhibitors are a critical part of what makes our genealogical community thrive. Their creativity, devotion, and investment in offering new ways to offer us education and information enables us to learn more about our families. Please support them by reviewing their advertisements in the back of your electronic syllabus.

Genealogy Courses

love it .. 🙂 Looking at furthering my Education in Genealogy . into the BU Genealogy program as well as starting out with

German Certificate in Genealogical Studies-40 Courses-Complete
This package includes 40 courses: This package includes all compulsory and elective courses required to complete the Certificate in Genealogical Studies-German Records.
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Courses Included: 26 (listed below) Analysis and Skills Mentoring Program-Part 1   (BASIC) Analysis and Skills Mentoring Program-Part 2   (INTERMEDIATE) Analysis and Skills Mentoring Program-Part 3   (ADVANCED) Electronic Resources: Using The Internet   (BASIC) Genealogy and Copyright Guidelines   (ADVANCED) Genetics & Medical Family History   (ADVANCED) German: Chronological Considerations   (INTERMEDIATE) German: Church Records   (BASIC) German: Civil Registration Records   (INTERMEDIATE) German: Compiled Sources   (ADVANCED) German: Emigration Records   (INTERMEDIATE) German: Germans Outside of Germany   (ADVANCED) German: Introduction to German Research   (BASIC) German: Locating Places in Germany   (BASIC) German: Naming Practices   (ADVANCED) German: Reading the Records   (INTERMEDIATE) German: Record Repositories   (INTERMEDIATE) German: The Language   (BASIC) Methodology – Part 1: Getting Started   (BASIC) Methodology – Part 2: Organizing and Skill-Building   (BASIC) Methodology – Part 3: More Strategies   (INTERMEDIATE) Methodology – Part 4: Effective Searching and Recording   (INTERMEDIATE) Methodology – Part 5: How To Prove It   (INTERMEDIATE) Methodology – Part 6: Professional Preparation and Practice   (ADVANCED) Palaeography: Reading & Understanding Historical Documents   (ADVANCED) Skills: Transcribing, Abstracting & Extracting   (BASIC)
Elective Courses: 14 included (your choice)Fees: USD $2,850.00      Supplies:Printed Course Binder-Certificate Program 40 Courses: German Records (OPTIONAL)