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I have been interested in genealogy since my daughter was studying the American Revolution in grade school and mentioned Major André being captured by three AWOL Revolutionary Army soldiers. When I told her she was a direct descendant of one of them (Isaac van Wart) she naturally wanted me to write out the family line – and I couldn’t. We set out to do this together, and I couldn’t stop.
One of the things I like best about genealogy is the absence of time pressure. There are no deadlines (only dead lines). It is impossible to follow every line, document every relationship and learn the context of every family and event. Since finishing is not possible, there is no pressure to finish. I simply do what I want, when I want.
The lines I follow are relate in some way to one of the following grandparents or their ancestors:
- Herbert Elias (and his progenitors in various Kauders, Wolf, Spitzer, Brilin lines)
- Ilse von Arnim (and her progenitors in various Riese, Beck, Hofmann lines)
- Basil Hicks Dutcher (and his progenitors in various Price, Jacques, Ayres, Conklin, Oliver, Marsh, deCamp, Ogedn, Crane lines)
- Eberhardine Diez (and her progenitors in various Roth, Bauer and Schmidt lines)
I am neither a professional genealogist nor an archivist. I have made reasonable attempts to separate fact from fiction, but have not been consistent or fastidious about documentation. I am more interested in reading and learning about the history and cultural context of my ancestors (especially from primary source material) than in simply adding names and dates.
I do not own the information I have collected. Other genealogists and family researchers are free to use any information I post here, with the following three caveats:
- PLEASE DO NOT ASSUME MY DOCUMENTATION IS ACCURATE. You should independently verify any information before using it or passing it on to others as true. (If you find errors or omissions or can fill in blanks, I would be thrilled to hear from you.)
- If you find errors, or if you have additional material pertinent to my lines, please let me know.
- If you do use my material, I would appreciate it if you would acknowledge that fact in anything you distribute or publish.
Here is a page where I will list and talk about my ‘brick walls’ as well as topics or problems I am working on.
This will be a link (pending) to Forum on this site for discussion of genealogy.
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