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Endorsement by Lois Jurss, a client with Prussian ancestry & genealogy!

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From: Lois [Jurss] (
Sent: Tue 6/02/09 4:30 PM
To: Karl and Lynell Sala (

[Hi Karl!] Here is something I sent to my genealogy buddies –

For me my brick wall was for my maternal ancestry. You see[,] my [Reinhol(d)(t) Horn, his wife & children] great grandparents all immigrated to the US around 1860.

I knew everything as far back as them getting on the boat to come [to the USA]. What I could not do was research that involved going back in to Prussia. If any of you have previously tried to do this, you would have learned that there is much more than a language barrier.

In 1920, Germany officially changed the alphabet. As if reading any old handwritten document isn’t challenging, try using a different language in an alphabet [and handscript] that has been changed. Several years ago I asked some people that I worked with to read something handwritten in [the old] German [handwriting]. They explained to me that only a few of the very old Germans know how to read this.

And so I had given up on making any further finds overseas.

[In 2007, by telephone, I was referred to] a man who is a [long-time, proven] professional German genealogist. [Based on the data I gave him of what I already knew about my immigrant ancestral family, Karl-Michael Sala aka] told me that he could make progress where I had made none. [I was pleasantly surprised that Karl even asked me in advance as to whether I would compensate him IF he found the place of origin for my ancestor! I agreed. I passed on my information and He clearly found it, so I paid him the reasonable fee, for he was extremely successful within just four hours’ research.]

He found my mother’s grandfather and several more family members [having been born, married & died] in Prussia. Where they live in today’s world is actually [now known as] Poland. So again, there is a huge complexity here to understand[, i.e.] not only the written language but the many border changes [in several modern-day countries of Eastern Europe of what was Prussia & partially what we all now call “Germany.”]

He also worked on my mothers maternal line (KREUDER) and was able to find information that is just amazing. The end result is a book that detailed my ancestry and even has [digital graphically embedded images] of the original documents.

I offer this letter to you all as testament to a very [personable,] talented and professional researcher[: Karl-Michael Sala aka 602-503-0775 = 1-888-456-7252 (both 24-hr #s; leave a detailed message]

Lois Lynn Jurss

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Query Solved! Karl ascertains German city of origin for Paul Fox, a prospect who Contacted The German Genealogist!

If I found the city of Euro-Germanic origin for your immigrant ancestor, what would that German Genealogy Research be worth to you? 

That is the present dilemma for Paul Fox from the KC, Kansas area !  According to his recent query to us via the Contact The German Genealogist link at the top of this URL’s homepage, Paul Fox claims his ancestor may have originated in “Baden.” 

Nope.  US records indicate otherwise…

This prospect further claims he has not been able to find anything about the German origin of two of his immigrant ancestors, ____ & his son, _____ RIECK from ________, _______, Germany. 

Paul Fox further provided data on the spouse & children of the eldest immigrant ancestor.  With that data, Karl was able to find 6 documents (not 5 as he mistakenly told the prospect), two of which told the German province or state of origin of the eldest immigrant ancestor.  One particular document revealed the specific CITY of origin for the patriarch.

After Karl receives the requested (never demanded) retainer from the prospect–which then turns a prospect into a client–Karl will post the details of how, easily within just two hours, solved the problem for this long-time researcher.  It was not found in an obvious place!

SUCCESS STORY:  I will reveal that I found his ancestor in the 1930, 1920, 1910 & 1900 Censuses of Oneida County, NY; also in an East Coast Passenger List.  On NONE of the census listings for the ancestor was it given the specific city whence the patriarch originated!  It was elsewhere… Hmmm… 

COMPENSATION?   The prospect “owes” me nothing; however, In this case, in the event the prospect would like the results of our NO FIND, NO FEE! USA & German Genealogy Research, I offered the prospect the data, documents & images on this research for only $1,000. which we negotiated down to $500.  Expensive?  No, sir.  Expensive is when you spend 30 years just TRYING to find what we often DO find within 1-100 hours.

Should he have a difficult time with that retainer amount, I offered Paul Fox the option of breaking that figure into two payments.

The prospect is welcome to find these images on his own, but our $ offer will remain the same, regardless.  Why?  We found the name of the city of origin, while de-bunking his “Baden” hypothesis.  That is worth $1,000 (ok, $500) to me any day!  To this day, I do not have the parish of origin of my own Sala immigrant ancestor!

So, is this client getting charged $125/hour?  Heavens, no.  There is yet much to do with the images.  We annotate, crop, edit, analyze & report on the images!  We ascertain what must now be done to continue the case.  This will easily take another 3 hours administrative time.  This image editing will not be done until & unless the prospect wants to become a client by ordering what we have found in his behalf!

So, how much is this client getting charged?  Mal sehen!  We’ll see after all is said & done.  Another client of mine, Lois J., paid $1,000 ONLY for the name of her ancestral parish of origin in a location that is now in Poland!  However, she later got many ancestral family members with another similar-sized retainer!

If I save you thousands of $ worth of time, who cares what it cost or the rate?

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Karl finds numerous INDEXED newspaper articles on wife’s murdered ancestor, Priscilla Wilford!

Several descendants had wondered about the details & rumors were spread–both then & now–but again, nobody in the family had ever found these newspaper articles!  These Carson City, Nevada newspapers were not only online, but they had also been indexed online many years ago!

Priscilla Clark Pickett Wilford: News articles on her murder!

Roger Porter – Update May 2005 

All these articles are from the Carson Daily Appeal, from July to December 1869. Many thanks to Karl Sala for his research. See his credit at the end of this file. And many thanks to Robert Leon Read for forwarding this info to us to include here!
7 July:   “Shocking Murder or Suicide: About two o’clock yesterday afternoon, Mrs. Pricilla (sic) Wilford, residing at Clear Creek, about four miles from Carson, was found dead in her house, with her throat cut….
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Yahoo Best Answers for GermanGenealogist:  138 points   Level 1    25%  Best answer (2; but one was deleted for my having revealed that I do German ancestry, genealogy & family history research for a living.  I will not apologize for the great works we do.  The shame goes to a misguided human at Yahoo Answers for having deleted one of my “Best Answers.”)

Comments from the “Best Answer” awarder whose Answer by Karl was deleted:

June 2008:  Marie wrote:  Thank you Karl for your help [with having provided me with specific death data on a target person & how to obtain his death certificate via] – everyone else seemed to be on a soap box but you – what an asset you are to Y[ahoo A]nswers!

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Karl Sala creates several German genealogy research groups on various websites!



Post all known details of your USA, CANADA, UK, GERMAN or EUROPEAN ancestry, genealogy or family history mystery. Anyone may reply to assist you. To get the most from your query, please follow these guidelines:

FOCUS: Do NOT enter all surnames you are seeking!

Do NOT include your entire genealogy!

Be sure to include ALL given names of only ONE person!

If known, DO include his/her spouse, children, parentage. Include years & places of birth, marriage, states of residence during the decennial census years & death. If unknown, give a likely place or year.

CAVEAT RESEARCHOR! If you omit something that is known, you waste someone else’s time & jeopardize the success in your behalf! Family history can become very addicting!

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October 17, 2008

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Karl-Michael Sala now has 19 endorsements on!

Each professional endorsement gives a slightly different angle, but should you wish to only read one, pick the tell-tale one by David Johnston, former USAF pilot & one of two of Karl’s hiring managers.  Why?  It encompasses most of what the others endorsed about this Professional German Genealogy Research expert!

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Larry Childs, Internat’l Product Manager endorses Karl Sala!

“Karl’s ability in the German language and his knowledge of German genealogy are both excellent!” July 14, 2008   Larry Childs, International Product Manager, The Generations Network worked with Karl-Michael at [ &]

Share This Post Germanic Content Manager, Joe Everett: “Karl-Michael [Sala] provided helpful feedback on … Germanic databases… index data quality…”

“As a member services consultant at Ancestry[.com], in addition to his regular [ German Genealogy online research] customer service responsibilities, Karl-Michael [Sala] provided helpful feedback on the quality of Germanic databases. He also contributed to the improvement of some of the index data quality, particluarly for Germanic locality data.  [Karl Sala] is focused not only on the immediate task, but on the larger picture, and aims to not only solve the immediate need, but also contribute to a better overall experience.  [Karl Sala] communicates promptly and effectively, and is pleasant to work with.” October 13, 2008  Joe Everett, Content Manager, worked with Karl-Michael at

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Endorsements for Karl-Michael Sala, the 3-decade proven German Genealogy Researcher (of!

Karl Sala has numerous private endorsements for international German Genealogy research cases he cracked!  Also, he now has a stunning 18 publicly-viewable professional endorsements at or better put in “Karl Sala” into the search engine at

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Looking for past clients for German Genealogy Research!

Russell Schreck of California, where are you?  We have a lot of images found for your Schreckengost ancestry that were posted directly to your tree we created for you!

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