Category: Past Research Adventures

Our success notes and activities regarding past ancestral research. Since 1979, it’s been quite a number of adventures for us.

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Expert Professional German Genealogist

Debi Payne (client-patron) Debi hired you as a International German Genealogist at GermanGenealogist.com in 2012

Top qualities: Great Results, Personable, Expert

“I highly recommend him to anyone searching their European German roots from various countries that are no longer a part of Germany or Prussia. Karl-Michael Sala performed genealogical research for me & he coached me on how to do it, too! i am very pleased with the early result he has provided me with. I know Karl to be trustworthly, dedicated person who is very passionate about family history work. I feel very confident that I will be very satisfied with Karl’s work on my behalf.” June 13, 2012

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Karl-Michael Sala = Revolutionary Expert in German Genealogy, according to Karl’s Ancestry.de former Team Leader!

John Erbstoesser, former Ancestry.com’s, i.e. also Ancestry.de’s International Team Leader; now Director of Business Development, Payroll Experts.  John managed Karl-Michael Sala.  About Karl,  on December 1, 2010, John wrote on Linkedin.com:

“Karl is a valued employee who specializes in superior customer service and sales. His ability to adapt positively to changes while continuing to improve his personal performance sets him apart from other employees. As a team player, Karl tirelessly works to help others achieve their goals as well as always looking after the best interest of the business. As our primary consultant for our German customer base, Karl conducted training initiatives for many of our new clients while exhibiting superior performance in his German-speaking responsibilities. His extensive expertise in German Genealogy made him a valuable asset to both Ancestry.de and the numerous clients he served. Through his exceptional personalized service to clients as well as his innovative approach to genealogy, he revolutionized the way in which Ancestry would train their employees in providing a world class experience for the customers it served.”  [underlining & italics added]

Karl comments:  My innovative approach was to actually crack research cases for Ancestry’s clients!  You got a problem with that?  What an app!  What a concept! 

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TIME IS SHORT. 10% REWARD. We just received our largest client retainer–ever! WANTED: ONLY 2 more clients for research IN Germany! Call 1-888-456-7252 MAKE OFFER TODAY!

HEAR YE! HEAR YE! 

TIME IS SHORT.  REWARD.  

WANTED: ONLY 2 more clients for German Genealogy research ON-SITE IN Germany!  Call 1-888-456-7252. MAKE OFFER TODAY!

Now is the time for all good German descendants to keep their promises & come to the aid of their German ancestors!

Lynell & Karl-Michael SALA = GermanGenealogist.com = just received their largest client retainer–ever!

WHERE in Germany? From far north to southwestern Germany, Headquartered half-way in between in Kassel, Hessen, Germany (about 2 hours north of Frankfurt; 2 hours south of Hannover)

WHAT REWARD?  10% on-going, residual finder’s fee (or research credit) for referrals whose data you provide to us & whom we contact to give a free analysis & who hire us for German-American, USA, immigration or German research, online or offline. 

 karlmsala@msn.com 1-888-456-7252

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Yet another German Genealogy research case is cracked! This time the MANZ case: conceived, strategized & researched alone by Lynell Pierce Sala, our Research Director!

 (photo as a 1972 18-yr old) Karl-Michael Sala  writes:
 
Coming in “the front door,” its solution was NOT apparent.  But by her trying the side-door & that tiny basement window–so to speak–Lynell Pierce Sala solved this MANZ case!  Having used an online gazetteer for Saxony (Sachsen), Prussia (Preussen), Lynell Pierce Sala,  our Research Director, ascertained the Catholic parish for Flessau.  Not that she was looking for Catholics, but rather the Evangelical Lutheran Reformed Church (Evangelische Reformierte Kirche) records.  But because the Catholic records for Flessau were listed to be in Stendal, Sachsen, Preussen (Prussia), Lynell hypothesized that Flessau’s Lutheran Reformed church members may have been a part of Stendal’s parish.  Indeed.   You see, there is no gazetteer for the Reformed Records, but rather just the Evangelical Lutheran parishes. <FastForward>
 
BINGO!  There was the target ancestor, having been born on the exact day the client thought!  Lynell Pierce Sala single-handedly cracked the MANZ case for our South African client.  The client has been emailed & has been requested to send another retainer to continue that research in the available microfilms–& that’s in addition to continuing on-site research in Germany on a few of his other lineages.  10/29/2010 update:  Large retainer wire transfer is on the way!
 
Lynell would not post this, but I will. I am so proud of our Lynie! She is a crucial link in our Team at www.GermanGenealogist.com
Home of the best German Genealogist(s) in the world. Get your German Genealogy research projects completed with the German Genealogist and his expert research team.
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MAP: Germans in Eastern Europe5.png

FamilySearch Centers  From FamilySearch Wiki via  “Karl Sala” via probably G David Dilts of the FHL of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Salt Lake City  &/or Ann Roach, a private German Genealogist who has–just like me–volunteered many hours at the FHL in Salt Lake City & in FHCs other states & countries.  This, to help patrons with their German-American Genealogy & Euro-German Genealogy & global German Genealogy in other worldwide countries research.

 There were certainly several East European areas where Germans were residing which are not shown on this map.  E.g. many German Lutherans in Lithuania (Littau).  There, Lynell & Karl-Michael Sala skillfully & massively researched the difficult old German handwriting & German Genealogy of SCHWELLNUS (SZWELNUS), et al. for a client who resides in South Africa.  However, this demographic map is a good start.

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Description: Map of approximate locations of major German settlements in eastern Europe, including Baltic Germans, Banat, Batschka, Bessarabia, Black Sea Germans, Bukovina, Carpathian Germans, Caucasus, Crimea, Dobruja, Galicia, Ingermanland, Orenburg, Poland, Samara-Kuybychev, Sathmar, Swabian Turkey, Transylvania, Volga, and Volhynia.
Drawn by: Diltsgd (FamilySearch Wiki).
Date: Original 19 June 2008; updated 9 March 2009.
Source: Own work.
Permission: Public domain. I, Diltsgd [FamilySearch Wiki], the copyright holder of this work, hereby release it into the public domain. This applies worldwide. In case this is not legally possible: I grant anyone the right to use this work for any purpose, without any conditions, unless such conditions are required by law.

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Specific–albeit limited–Village Censuses of Germans from Russia forthcoming!

  For the people of the Deutsches Reich (German Empire), many emigrated also to Russia!  Here is just a PARTIAL map of an area whence thousands of Germans migrated.

For German Genealogy Research, we now have access to the 2ndary (tertiary?) typescript .pdf & .txt source,  1857 Census of Eckheim, Samara, Russia.   It is now added to our 24/7 online Box.net account.  Several more should be forthcoming.  These are Censuses of predominantly Germans from Russia.  They’ll be in typescript format, showing the last name in both German & in Cyrillic lettering.  If you would like access to that or have us research therein or elsewhere in Europe for you, please call; then email your specific request.  Mail your data, documents & images, along with your $100 – $10,000  personal check or money order to:

Lynell or Karl Sala; 1303 Pearl Field; San Antonio, TX 78245 USA

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I Must Have Done Something Right.

German Genealogy & GermanGenealogist.com Karl-Michael Sala’s

From the “I Must Have Done Something Right” Department:
Over the last decade, at both my daughters’ wedding receptions, I very proudly sang & accompanied myself by having played piano for Bob Carlisle’s “Butterfly Kisses.” 
  There were not many dry eyes on both momentous occasions, but  I was able to hold out until the songs were over.  I know I’ve gotta let her go, but I’ll always remember my 2 dandy daughters’ stunning spirits & their Butterfly Kisses.  

Now, from those two tremendous ladies, there are 4 gorgeous grandchildren–2 boys & 2 girls.  But, hey,  one more is on the way!  More to come on all our Precious Butterflies.

Bob Carlisle – Butterfly Kisses (Country Version)
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Music video by Bob Carlisle performing Butterfly Kisses. (C) 2005 Provident Label Group

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Having helped so many people with Google Adwords, I’ll now get to see myself Clear of it by offering SEO.

Wow. Stunning & crucial conversations with able attorneys, dandy doctors, budding business owners, financial fiefs, general gurus, health honchos, marketing moguls & more–& that was just the 1st 3 months!

Today, I consulted with & sold a financial spreadsheet wizard & a, uh, spread-cheek wizard: i.e., a genuine therapeutic prostate massager (oh, boy) for those who are usually elderly or otherwise suffering from true(?) prostrate pressures & problems. Too much detail? I thought so. Here’s more about the amazing prostate gland.

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Got Castles? Want Castles? OK, German Castle etchings or images?

RE: Our Link Exchange: CastleColors.com and GermanGenealogist.com
(for German Genealogy research)

Kimberley Reid ·Illustrator Artist – CastleColors.com — MissionPaintings.com — and — Graphic Designer — Digital-Design-Assoc.com

To: Karl-Michael SALA, Genealogist & Google Adwords Sales
Date: September 27, 2010

Hello [K]arl, Yes, a small banner ad of your logo would be best on my sites links section.

If you ever need any historical etching reproductions of German castles or other Euro countries, let me know. I have 17 German castles in stock:

— Cotrone Castle
— Ehrenfels Castle
— Falkenstein Castle *
— Heidelberg Castle *
— Hohenaschau Castle
— Imperial Castle
— Marksburg Castle
— Mouse Tower
— Neuschwanstein Castle
— Pfalz Castle
— Rüdesheim Castle
— Schwaneck Castle
— Stolzenfels Castle *
— Trifels Castle
— Unnoth Castle
— Welfen Castle
— Zwinger Castle

* multiple views of that castle. I know there are many other German castles I still need to collect. Over 500 Euro castles in total. Most listed on my page: http://www.castlecolors.com/contact-castle-etchings.htm

All my original scans are very high res and scale up into large posters nicely. We sell watercolor paintings of many castles too. My dream is to visit Germany and paint many of these castles on location. Have you visited many of these castles?

Nice to chat. Thanks. Kimberley www.CastleColors.com

Hi Cimberley{;>) I am Karl; not Carl (altho’ the check cashes either way). No, I was always concentrated & focused on cracking client German Genealogy research cases. I like, of course, the castles in Kassel, Hessen, Germany: The Herkules & the Loewenburg.

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$10,000 request for German Genealogy research? How do you do it?

Originally submitted on 2010/09/15
Jo Meyer arootdigger2@gmail.com http://arootdigger.blogspot.com
wrote: Ten thousand dollars to someone on the internet. wow. How do you do it?

Karl-Michael Sala replies: Yes, & how do we have the confidence to request large-size retainers from total strangers who live thousands of kilometers/miles away across the ocean & reside on other continents?

As one client emphatically stated: “With flair & panache!” OK, it was by electronic funds transfer (EFT)–but only after an excellent fact-finding, relationship-building, excellent conversation & email exchanges about their German Genealogy Research.

How we can command these sorts of retainers is simply because we can perform searches with analysis, data, documents & images that the above search engines & many other researchers simply canNOT perform! With our expert experience, we can be even more googly than Googlers at Google! Yes, using Google also, I perchance work independently for clients .

FACTS & TRACK RECORD: Since 1979, Lynell & Karl-Michael Sala have found THOUSANDS of data, documents & images on ancestral family members for HUNDREDS of clients (paid expert consultative research) & patrons (volunteer FHC & private consultative work)! Our objective is to move that final “HUNDREDS” statistic into the “THOUSANDS” range. We’re not far.

The retainer request amount is a mindset, but securing larger retainers for research does not happen very often. You see, most people actually & truly have thousands of $ of research that needs be done.

The clients who have paid us large retainers ($1,000+) have never complained. The clients who gave us the most trouble are the ones who gave us the smallest retainers! Is there a message here? We are not in the welfare business & German Genealogy Research is not welfare! The advent of the internet causes many to say that “genealogy should be free.” OK, perhaps. But German Genealogy Research is not!

Expensive? No, Ma’am. Expensive is when you spend 30 years just TRYING to find what we often find in one day! Some people spend thousands of $ just “visiting” Germany to just “see the land of their ancestors.” How would it be if we helped you find the specific village & introduce you to (historical images of data & documents of) your German ancestral family members?

Lois Jurss paid me $1,000 for something I found within one day–the name of the precise Polish (actually Prussian at the time) village whence her target ancestor originated: Tirschtiegel, Posen, Preussen; now Trzciel, Poznan, Poland. Was she upset? Heck, no. She’d been seeking that data for over a decade! We seek more clients like Lois.

After conversations & emails, a recent client paid an advance of several thousand $ for our team of German researchers. This, to get all over their German ancestry, genealogy & family history! We found pertinent data on each of the four lineages! One is inconclusive. The others are startling successes.

This client had put “German Genealogist” in an online Search Engine. Guess who comes up to the top of the list? Right. We do: GermanGenealogist.com. It is called Search Engine Optimization. Would you like to also be SEO’d? Email my webmaster: paj@webondb.com

The client via his office assistant had been trying in vain to do geographically dispersed genealogy research on their own. In frustration–along with a fervent desire for dual citizenship–they finally contacted me through this website. They subsequently called & emailed me from South Africa. I suppose there are not very many professional German Genealogists in South Africa who could effectively handle his difficult cases.

We ascertained precisely which of several Hillesheims was the correct one. We then found one ancestor not in that parish, but rather a neighboring parish entirely. Thank goodness within the target parish of Hillesheim Kreis Oppenheim (not Daun), we found mention of the male spouse of another person by the same last name had come from that second locale–just 3 kilometers down the road! Well, that now becomes a research hypothesis that will require some further on-site research. Priced any flights to Germany lately?

After that case, we then scoured & exhausted the difficult records for the parish of Schakuhnen or Schakendorf (depending on who’s doing the writing & when). Specifically, but along with other Doerfer (villages) within that parish: Luttkomanscheit, et var., which we ascertained was once known also as “Luttken.” All were once a part of Ostpreussen or East Prussia, but are now in Lithuania, a former Soviet Socialist Republic.

If you ever published anything, you know what I mean when I say: Most of the ready-for-publication research is digitized, cropped, enlarged, analyzed, reported on, tweaked & uploaded by numerous specific family- & surnmame-oriented research reports on–oh, gosh–two different Mueller lines (Germany & Poland); Schwellnus/Szwelnus.

Just since Memorial Day 2010, my research director wife & I, Karl-Michael Sala aka GermanGenealogist.com have cracked 6 cases in 6 locations! To take the analogy yet further, we have extended beyond the crack & have gone much deeper in quantity & quality!

“Lynell & Karl! Please find my ancestors–before I become one!”

Yes, you may quote me & our clients, but please provide our full names & websites: Lynell & Karl-Michael Sala = GermanGenealogist.com & SearchCensus.com 1-888-456-7252 (24-hr toll-free US/CANADA)

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