What was your very "Best Genealogy Day Ever?" It might be the day you solved a thorny research problem, or spent the day at a repository and came away with more records than you could imagine, or the day you met a cousin or visited an ancestral home.
Boy, this is a tough one. Was it the day I finally discovered my great-grandfather's birthplace in Germany? Or the day I learned why another great-grandfather died in a "lunatic asylum"? I think I'll choose a more ordinary day, the kind of day that every genealogist knows well: the day on which hours were spent viewing microfilms, a day on which I discovered much information about a particular branch of my family.
My great-grandfather, Maximilian Langer, posed a number of interesting problems. He died far from his Bremerhaven home, in Goettingen, and after a number of attempts I was able to acquire his death certificate, which was a treasure trove. Not only did it include the place of his birth, Oberglogau, Silesia, but also the names of his parents, Anton Langer and Barbara Kura.
Wanting to know more, I ordered a number of microfilms from Salt Lake City with records from Oberglogau. When they arrived, I headed over to the local Family History Library, eager to see what I could find.
I found a lot! Many hours later, I had tons of records photographed with my iPad:
So many records for Langers! After hours of watching microfilm spin by, I had a major headache and decided to head home to see what I had. Looking at all my photos, I was able to begin to organize them into family groups:
It looks like a mess, right? But I was able to establish the family group of my great-grandfather; father Anton Langer, mother Barbara Kura, Anton's first wife, Johanna Kura, siblings Carl, Anna, and Johann. I found the birth record of my great-grandfather:
All in all, a great day, as far as I was concerned. Genealogy involves a great deal of grunt work, and I put in my time on that day, coming out with some great results. I guess some days were better in terms of sheer excitement, but I'm proud of the hard work I did and the treasures that I found.