|This is a Family History website.
In a sense, this is a book. Or at
least the 21st century's alternative to a book. For my purposes it is better than a
book. First off, it is much cheaper and faster to design and post a website than to
write, publish and distribute even a paper bound book. Secondly, because
genealogical research doesn't end until you find the man/woman who had no parents....a
family history book is almost certainly out of date by the time it is published because
inevitably new information has subsequently been discovered. Finally, a book in the
way we most commonly view it, is a one way medium...that is to say...from the author to
the reader. A family history website such as this one is a collaboration. In
genealogy, you sometimes encounter a question that cannot be answered. More common
however is to have a question that can be answered if only the right person can be found.
But even if we consider this website a book, it is not meant to be "read"
cover to cover in one sitting. I recommend you start at the HOMEPAGE
and let your interests take you where they will. Next time, follow a different
This website is designed to be simple to use and not take
forever to download. Likewise, there is a list of related surnames located there
that can be clicked to start your search. Finally, in the interest of easy website
navigation: the top of each webpage contains a mini-family tree that shows where each
person "fits" in our family tree. Each branch is itself a hyperlink
On each page there is a link to PHOTOGRAPHS and IMAGES. Here you will find
scanned documents that relate to our family. They are grouped by surname. In
a similar fashion, each page contains a link to SOURCE
MATERIAL. As the name implies, this will lead you to scanned documents that are
the basis of this research. In other words, "where I got this
information." At the FAMILY MEMORIES
page, I invite my extended family members to include their own ideas, theories or in some
cases memories. The easiest way to accomplish this is to go to the HOW TO CONTACT ME page and send me an email. If
your prefer, you can post your comments in my GUEST BOOK. Even if you don't have
information to share at this time, I invite you to leave your- comments in the GUEST
BOOK. Finally, if you are curious like me, please take the time to view by BRICK WALLS page. Here you find the questions I have yet
to answer....perhaps you are the person I have been seeking! RESEARCH LINKS is a listing of the websites that I routinely
search for additional information. You can subscribe to many of them to receive
updated information automatically.
If this is your first time to visit this website, please
take a moment to read MY ACCURACY and PRIVACY
POLICY. This is very important. It explains why not all the information
that is available will be found here. This is especially important if you desire to
someday add to these webpages.
If you are bemused that anyone would go the effort to dig
out this information. I invite you to read AN
ESSAY ON GENEALOGY. It is my attempt to answer the question on why people
search to discover their family history.
For Fellow Family History Researchers: I have
additional materials on the families listed here (including secondary lines) that in the
interest of maintaining this website at a manageable size I have not posted. If you
think you are related to this family but are not sure; please email me and if I can be of
assistance in your search, I will provide you with any other work that I have.