Re: Bart(t)elt's Franzfelde, GER > Wausau,WI
In 1939 Wausau celebrated its 50th anniversary by sending out volunteers to canvas every resident of Wausau and collect their family genealogies. This 50,000 surname hand-written and typed-copy collection is known as the Wausau Centennial Genealogy - 1939 and is housed at the UW-Stevens Point Archives.
The collection has a card index file available to the public for research. You can contact a staff worker there to find a name(s) in the file either by email to: Bonnie Price: email@example.com or phone: (715-346-2586) or you can write them. They will check the index file to see if your name(s) are on file. You can then request a copy of the file(s) to be mailed to you. They charge a nominal fee to copy the records plus postage costs. If you go there yourself to research and check the file and find a name(s), they will bring out the record(s) to a table for you to look at. You can only have a pencil (not a pen) to copy any information (or a laptop), or they photocopy the records for you at 10 cents a copy if you want to take your research home.
Each individual file contains a hand-written copy and a type-written copy of
the hand-written copy. I'd request the hand-written one because the type-written one
might have missing or incorrect info. You can have both photo-copied if you want. Depending on how large of a genealogy was gathered on an individual, there may be up to 10 pages (or more) in each record. At 10 cents a copy, that's a good deal. The records are only as large and accurate as to what each individual resident contributed. Some residents gave information back to their g-g-g-grandparents and listed siblings and in-laws, etc. and some didn't. Either way, if you think someone lived there in 1939, there's a good chance they participated. Also, many residents contributed a historical item(s) to the local historical society. Whatever that item may be is also listed in the record.
I'd call before coming to find out whether they are staffed or even open on that day, as staff is minimal. I'd also bring a handful of change with you for the 2 hr. parking meter and a small amount of $1.00 bills, change, etc. for the photo-copying. You can usually find street parking within a few blocks of the university but up close it's all no parking, regulated or metered lots. ($8.00 a ticket). Also, once you've made an email request to look for a surname, please be patient until they get back to you as staff is limited and emails are answered in order received.
An archivist told me that the LDS is negotiating with the university to have this collection micro-filmed sometime in the future, which means that when that happens the collection goes bye-bye for about 2 years.
Good luck on your research,
Stevens Point, WI
ps: As you may know, the UW-SP Library is the archive center for Adams, Juneau, Langlade, Lincoln, Marathon, Portage, Waupaca, Waushara, and Wood Counties. There are numerous other genealogical records there also which are listed at: http://www.shsw.wisc.edu/archives/arcnet/stevens.htmlhttp://www.shsw.wisc.edu/archives/arcnet/stevens.html
Also at the public library in Wausau is a genealogical collection of individual genealogies that residents have contributed over the years. Maybe your family line is there...
and, while I'm at it, here are some excellent internet resources for further research, which, if you're new to genealogy will help you on your way:
Some of the best FREE online genealogy links that may prove very useful in your research; some are Marathon County-specific:
Register free with this site to see if any of your family came through Ellis
Post your surname, or find other researchers who have posted your surname and queries,
Sometimes the Stevens Point Obituary Index of Portage County, Wisconsin (county just south of Marathon) has obituaries from Marathon County here: http://library.uwsp.edu/Obits/http://library.uwsp.edu/Obits/
Post queries or search for surnames at USGENWEB to your specific county or state that you are researching: http://www.usgenweb.org/index2.htmlhttp://www.usgenweb.org/index2.html
Online SSDI can give you clues to many family members using the social
security number: http://ssdi.genealogy.rootsweb.com/cgi-bin/ssdi.cgihttp://ssdi.genealogy.rootsweb.com/cgi-bin/ssdi.cgi
Search towns in Europe (or elsewhere) to find the location of a specific
town on the map that your ancestors may have immigrated from:
Search the LDS archives for your family names:
Check out Karin Schoepke's webpage in Germany for Pommeranian surnames that she has indexed: http://www.on-line.de/~karin.schoepke/Forscher.htm#Anfanghttp://www.on-line.de/~karin.schoepke/Forscher.htm#Anfang
Search here for your surnames: http://www.genforum.genealogy.com/surnames/http://www.genforum.genealogy.com/surnames/
Translate words and sentences from German or other languages into English or vice-versa
here: http://babel.altavista.com/translate.dynhttp://babel.altavista.com/translate.dyn Great for copying and pasting large sections of online foreign text into and then translating it into English. It may not come out to exactly what was said but the gist of it is there.