Hoping to make some progress today, as I'm going to have some help. My daughter is on her way over and she said she'd help me organized the stack of genealogy papers I need to file, Once I file them, I can add them to Roots Magic and my online trees, I have a tree on Ancestry,com and TribalPages.com. I know I have the answers to some of questions I have for some of my ancestors. Okay ancestors, here we come!
Well, I thought it was time to give my website a face lift. My first task is to create separate pages for each surname (at least the ones I've collected significant amounts of information). So far, this has been a fun project, especially as I have been able to see just how much information I know about each of my ancestors. Creating a synopsis for each ancestor will allow me to see which of my ancestors information is a little scarce. At the end of each surname page I plan on asking those questions I am missing answers, asking the questions in hopes that a reader will stumble upon my site and know the answer.
The construction will consist of three phases:
It is amazing, how many of my ancestors came from Germany. I do have a couple lines from the British Isles and Norway; however, I would have to add a disclaimer to the the lines (Stanley/Root) from the British Isles, as these lines could be considered coming from the U.S.The Stanley and Root families have been in the U.S. for eight to ten generations, whereas my German lines have only been in the U.S. for three or four generations.
Being that the majority of records I need to look at are from Germany, I need to re-learn German and more importantly learn to read the old German script. Brigham Young University (BYU) offers an Independent Study German Research Course that also includes reading the old German script. The best part is the course is offered free. I brought back over 100 German documents from Salt Lake, now just to learn what they say. I was able to read enough to know they were connected to my Seidlemann family.
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Author - Dr. Kathryn M. Watts
I live in Orange, California with my husband Bill, and my service dog Timber. Genealogy is one of my favorite past times.