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Partial FanGenealogy is a team sport. The only way to make any progress is to interact with other people who are truly curious about the past, and to dig into the books and newspapers.

Luckily it’s easy to do those things these days; so much is available online, it’s sometimes staggering. At the same time, crucial things that should be easy to find simply will not come out of hiding. Some mysteries will never be solved. Some solutions jump out when you least expect them from dim corners.

So if you’re here in this database (which you can’t actually know unless you’re registered, or alternatively you could just ask me), or if you found family members here and you’re intrigued, how can you get involved?

⇒REGISTER

If you have registered here before, please be aware that after a major overhaul to the database and setup of this project, I have had to delete all previous user accounts. If this effects you, I apologize for the inconvenience, and hope you’ll be good enough to go through the new registration process.
The registration process is fairly straight forward. When you fill out the form it comes to me for approval and I’ll setup an account based on your interests and connections.

⇒TELL ME WHEN I’M WRONG

Please remember that given the fact that so much of genealogy is founded on access to solid documentation, errors are inevitable. In fact, errors are everywhere. Census returns are far from reliable, and gravestones are often plain wrong.  Professional genealogists put tremendous effort into verifying the simplest facts; the longer in the past, the less likely they’ll be successful. If you run across a date or other information you know is wrong, please do contact me or use the questionnaire (see below) to provide information. I am more than happy to stand corrected.

⇒CHECK TO MAKE SURE YOUR INFORMATION IS CORRECT.

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This is the single most important way you can help. One way to handle this is to simple fill out the genealogy questionnaire.

GENEALOGY QUESTIONNAIRE. Once you have registered, please go to the questionnaire page and fill it out for yourself and, if at all possible, for your immediate family.

If you are able and willing to provide information about other family members who aren’t in the database, or whose information is incomplete or incorrect, you can fill out the questionnaire for those individuals as well.

Please ask questions if you have them. I am happy to help.

⇒UPLOAD PHOTOS

You’ll note also that on each individual’s page there’s a link just below the name “submit photo/document.” If you don’t see a photo of your parents or your grandparents (or your kids) here, and you think there should be such a photo, then please submit a digital photo to be included. Same with birth and marriage certificates, passports, any documents you may have about earlier generations will help fine tune the data here. I’m especially interested in photos and old documents, so please don’t throw them away. If you send them to me I will scan them and send the originals back to you.

⇒TELL A STORY

Registration also makes it possible for you to comment here on the wiki end of things where the format lends itself to storytelling. If you fine a great grandparent  in the database and know a great story about that person, you are welcome to contribute it to the wiki. The best way to do that is to contact me and I’ll set it up. Older kids might like contributing in this way too. It’s the best way I know to get them interested in history.

⇒SHARE

Tell family members about this website and encourage them to have a look.


The detective work that goes into researching ancestry is compelling, and there’s a lot to be learned if not in terms of exact dates, then certainly about human nature.