Final Project

Genealogy Powerpoint Presentation

Bibliography of Secondary Sources

ž  Grahame, Deborah A, Austria (New York: Marshall Cavendish Benchmark,c2007)

ž  Lithtenberger, Elisabeth, Austria: Society and Regions (Vienna: Austrian Academy of Sciences Press, c2000)

ž  Bankson, John, The Life and Times of Franz Peter Schubert (Bear,Del: Mitchell Lane Publishers, c2004)

ž  Williamson, David, The 47th Indiana Volunteer Infantry; A Civil War History (Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland &Company, Inc. , Publishers, c2012)

ž  The Hoosier Genealogist (Genealogical Section of the Indiana Historical Society Indianapolis, Ind.)

ž  Frost, Helen. 2002. German Immigrants, 1820-1920, Blue Earth Books (Mankato, MN), 2002.


Bibliography of Primary Sources

ž “United States, Civil War soldiers index”, index, Pal:/mm9.1.1/FSWl-8PI: accessed 18 April 2012), John Schubert.

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ž Family info packet



 Reflection Paper

            Through my genealogy project, I have learned a lot about my lineage and the culture in which they lived in Austria and Germany. I learned more about the structure of families in the 1800’s, such as their roles within the family. For example, mothers back then used to have many children because of the high infant mortality rate. Since there were more members in each family on average and remain in the same area into adulthood, families tended to be closer and have stronger bonds than compared to modern day families. I knew that my family was from Austria, but I thought that my ancestor who immigrated to Germany, John Franz Schubert, had married a woman there, which would make me part German. However I discovered that while he was born in Germany, his blood was full Austrian. I then found out that the reason he left Germany was to avoid conscription, or forced entry into the military. Then upon arriving in Indiana he volunteered for the Union army, (which nobody in my immediate family was previously aware of), and died from injuries suffered in battle. I had been told by my grandmother that we are distant relatives of Franz Schubert the composer, but I wanted to map out exactly how I am related to him, which I ultimately did. I discovered that Franz is my great, great, great, great uncle, and that I am a lateral descendent of his because the Schubert bloodline was continued by his brother Ferdinand, since Franz never had children.

In a way I feel more connected to my ancestors because I know quite a bit about them and how they lived their lives. Before my view of my distant relatives was somewhat abstract because I knew they existed, but don’t know their names or their stories. Now that I’ve gained more knowledge about their lives and culture, I feel like I have a better understanding of myself and where I come from. Personally, however, my immediate family does not have any Austrian or German customs so I don’t feel very connected to their culture.

I think that people have an innate curiosity about where they come from. People want to know who their ancestors are, perhaps to gain a better understanding of themselves, or to help them identify with a certain culture or group of people. In addition, a lot of people are fascinated and intrigues by the past since it is so different from how we live our lives in modern day society, and I think that those curious individuals want to see how their family story fits into historical events on a larger scale.

I feel that it s important for a person to know where they come from, and that it is valuable to know your history even though the lives of modern people is drastically different than the lives of our ancestors. It can help people gain a better understanding of how their family fits into history both locally and internationally. Genealogical research is more prevalent now mainly because it has become much easier to obtain records and make connections to family members because of modern technology. Before the last couple of decades people had to actually go out and search for the information they wanted, whereas now there is a multitude of information just a click away.


Second Project Update

As I enter the final stages of the project preparation, I feel like I have all the information I need, however I cannot find copies of my ancestor’s birth and marriage certificates anywhere. I’ve tried ancestry, hertitagequest, familysearch, rootsweb etc. My plan is to go back to the book, Who Do You Think You Are and try some of the other sources mentioned there. These are the secondary sources I’ve used so far:

1. Lithtenberger, Elisabeth. Austria: Society and Regions (Vienna: Austrian Academy of Sciences Press, c2000)

2. Bankson, John. The Life and Times of Franz Peter Schubert (Bear, Del: Mitchell Lane Publishers, c2004)

3. The Hoosier Genealogist (Genealogical society of the Indiana Historical Scoiety Indianapolis, Ind.)

4. Williamson, David. The 47th Indiana Volunteer Infantry; A Civil War History(Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland & Company, Inc. , Publishers, c2012)

5. Frost, Helen. 2002. German Immigrants, 1820-1920. Blue Earth Books. (Mankato, MN), 2002.

Update on Project

Lately I’ve been trying to organize all the records from my family history compilation and notes that I’ve taken from, and putting them into chronological order in a folder. My main source through the whole project has been my family’s compiled research, however it is hard to read in some parts and unfortunately not everything is on ancestry.There are still a few details missing from my family tree that I was unable to identify, such as the towns that some of my earlier ancestors were born in. It seems like the farther back I go through the generations, the less detailed and helpful the records are. However, I hope to find the answers to my remaining questions once I conduct my interview over Easter break. I’ve also been thinking about how I want to format my final project, and I decided on a poster. It seems like the most effective way to present it to the class, and I can put all of the information I’ve gathered on it, including maps of my ancestors origin. I don’t know what will be required in the final project, but I assume that I’ll include a put a copy of my family tree, and various maps of my family’s areas of origin and migration.  I found some useful maps of Austria, and various counties in Indiana:,r:9,s:21,r:4,s:0&tx=38&ty=61,r:5,s:0&tx=102&ty=60





Genealogy Research Project Proposal

Part II: Research Abstract

For my family history project I am examining my maternal grandmother’s side of the family, which originated in Vienna, Austria. In my project I will focus on the time period of 1794-1909, when my ancestors lived in Austria and Germany. I had previously been told by my grandmother that our family is descendents of the famous composer Franz Schubert, so I decided to trace our lineage back to his generation. My mother found a packet of family information that was gathered by a great aunt of mine, and used that as my primary research source.

I traced all the way back to my great, great, great grandparents, John Franz Schubert, who was born in 1829 in Germany, and Mary Elizabeth D’Arc, who was born in 1837 in Clark County Indiana. Unfortunately the written records stopped at this generation, the one after Franz was born. However, it did include a section that described how John Franz was named after his uncle, Franz Peter Schubert. Knowing this, I proceeded to further my research through and various other websites dedicated solely to the study of Schubert Lineage. I soon discovered that Franz Peter Schubert never had any children, however his brother Ferdinand did, and thus I found that John Franz was the son of Ferdinand Lukas Schubert. He was born in 1794 in Vienna Austria to the parents of Karl and Susan Schubert and later became a musician and a teacher at a local orphanage.

Through my research I plan to uncover my ancestor’s familial composition, as well as when and why they settled in Indiana. I hope that my project will inspire others who are curious about where they come from to research their own family heritage, and also that it will serve as a model for others to map their lineage. I will present my project in the form of a poster as well as publishing it online.

Part III: Research Paperwork                                        

d.) Family Sketch of George Charles Schubert and Mary Emma Masterson:

George Charles Schubert was born on October 20, 1868 to the parents of John Franz Schubert and Mary Elizabeth D’Ark. Mary Emma Masterson was born on September 17, 1879 in New Hope, Nelson, KY to the parents of George and Mattie Masterson. George Charles and Mary Emma were married on January 28, 1902 in Davies county Kentucky. George died on December 26, 1927 and was buried at St. Ann’s Catholic Cemetery on December 26, 1927. Mary Emma died on December 4, 1945 and was buried in St. Ann’s Cemetery on December 7, 1945.

Children of George and Mary Schubert:

  1. Joseph George (11/11/1902)
  2. Mary Elizabeth (2/4/1904)
  3. John Francis (12/31/1905)
  4. Martha Vincentia (10/9/1907)
  5. Charles Cyril (12/16/1909)
  6. Joseph Edward (7/1/1911)

ENDNOTES [References: 1920 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 2010.

Part IV: Bibliography of Potential Secondary Sources

  1. Grahame, Deborah A, Austria (New York: Marshall Cavendish Benchmark,c2007)
  2. Lithtenberger, Elisabeth, Austria: Society and Regions (Vienna: Austrian Academy of Sciences Press, c2000)
  3. Thompson, Wendy, Franz Schubeeert (New York, N.Y Viking 1991)
  4. Bankson, John, The Life and Times of Franz Peter Schubert (Bear,Del: Mitchell Lane Publishers, c2004)
  5. Gibbs H, Christopher, The Life of Schubert (Cambridge, New Tork: Cambridge University Press, 2000)
  6. Newbould, Brian, Schubert, the Music and the Man (Berkeley: University of California Press, c1997)
  7. Williamson, David, The 47th Indiana Volunteer Infantry; A Civil War History (Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland &Company, Inc. , Publishers, c2012)
  8. The Hoosier Genealogist (Genealogical Section of the Indiana Historical Society Indianapolis, Ind.)
  9. Bloxham, V. Ben. “Home Sources and Family Records Survey.” In Elderhostel Genealogical Syllabus, edited by Gordon Casper & Carolyn Casper. Provo, UT;Conferences and Workshops, Division of Continuing Education, Brigham Young University, 1994.
  10. “A Guide to Transcribing and Editing Oral History.” edited by Gordon Casper & Carolyn Casper. Provo, UT;Conferences and Workshops, Division of Continuing Education, Brigham Young University, 1994.

Home Sources

The Home Sources article in our course packet has been really helpful so far, specifically in regards to oral histories and genealogical records. I’ve talked to some of my family members about what they remember about our ancestors, and they have been extremely helpful in recalling some of their names and spouses. One of my great aunts from my mother’s side of the family printed up a lengthy summary and genealogy chart that goes all the way back to 1723! There are a few holes that I will have to piece together, but it’s a great place to start. I haven’t yet been able to locate any additional physical copies of family records, however though I have found digital copies of citizenship and military records which has quickened the process of filling out my family tree considerably.

My American Dream

I have the typical American dream. Go to college, get a good job, start a family, own a house. But now I’m starting to wonder if that is realistic anymore. Ever since the occupy Wall Street thing started, I’ve become increasingly aware of the social and economic problems in this country. Nowadays, the unemployment rate is getting higher and fewer people own their own homes. By the time I graduate college, I’ll owe approximately $30,000 in student loans, and then after that I plan to attend medical school which will means I’ll owe an additional 30 grand, all before I even get my degree and become a doctor. How can I expect to be financially secure when I have to start my adult life with more than 60 grand of debt? In my opinion, I think many of America’s educational problems would be solved if students didn’t have to pay thousands of dollars to attend college. Though I may have to slightly alter my expectations for the future, I will never let that change my goals or dreams.

People In My Blog Group


What is Individualism?

Individualism appears to have a fairly self  explanatory definition, yet every person has his or her own idea of what it means to them. Some people view it as a negative thing, and others view it positively. To me, it can be described as both, depending on the degree to which a person’s individualism goes. Obviously some people are more individualistic than others, but can some degree of individualism be a good thing? I think so, but there must be balance. If you go through life and only care about yourself, then you probably won’t form any meaningful relationships and nobody will like you. On the opposite end of the spectrum, people who only do things for other people and are never concerned with their own personal welfare will be taken advantage of by other people. In my opinion, I think a good balance between these two extremes is the best way to apply individualism.

In regards to the history of Appalachia, individualism doesn’t appear to have been an integral part of society since they were all incredibly family oriented and close. But upon closer examination of  articles analyzing clan relations, it becomes apparent that most of the children in these families remained living in close proximity to their parents in order to receive their inheritance and or land. While not all children had these motives, it was quite a common practice in the old southern families.

I think individualism depends on the culture in which a person grows up, in addition to the area of the world they live in. In America for example, most people are way too concerned with having the latest technology and the nicest cars, while in poorer areas of the world people are just worried about if they have enough food to eat. Maybe we as Americans are more individualistic than we think we are. We like to think of ourselves as selfless, but in reality we can’t help but think about how situations will affect us, it’s just part of what makes us human.

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