My A2Z 2016 theme is how to pursue an interest in family history/genealogy – I’d love you to join me on the journey.
R is for 3Rs
A while back I wrote a post focused on the research process involved with family history. It was well received so I can’t see any point in reiterating it in this post. Pop over to this link to read more about Revisit, Record, Revise which I wrote for the collaborative blog, Worldwide Genealogy.
R is for RELIGION
Religious affiliations still have the power to sever family ties but mercifully not quite as much in the past. Even in my childhood, a mixed marriage could cause all sorts of angst, and it wasn’t unheard of for a child to be disowned or largely ignored for marrying a Catholic – or vice versa.
Certificates can help you to know what religion your ancestors followed. I had a couple who were affiliated with the primary church in their country of origin (Anglican in England, Church of Scotland/Presbyterian in Scotland) and then “shopped around” when they came to Australia.
I’ve found it ironic in my own family where a perceived “non-Catholic family” has as strong an affiliation to Roman Catholicism as my “Catholic” branches.
One word of warning: not all Germans were Lutherans (or indeed other denominations). When I first started my family history I was resoundingly told that “no German Catholics came to Queensland”. Brrp, wrong answer. It was just that through intermarriage with the Irish Catholics their affiliation wasn’t as obvious. I’ve also seen comments where someone has assumed that because their German ancestor married in a Catholic church, there mustn’t have been a Lutheran minister available, rather than check which part of Germany the ancestor came from. Traditionally Bavaria is Catholic and in the village of Dorfprozelten there was only one church even though there may have been villagers who aligned with other religions.