I am putting my family tree information on this site because the wiki style of family tree makes good sense to me and I am hopeful that this format will be useful for all my family regardless of how distant they are. I want the information to be available to other family members when they want it, without incurring a cost.
Please feel free to add to and edit the information on any pages I have added which are relevant to yourself and your family.
The information, stories and photos which I have added to WeRelate pages would not have been possible without the help and sharing from relatives both near and far, in both distance and relationship. I have had contact with many relatives who have shared information for the families and their descendants. There are also others who have shared their family information and photos on genealogical websites. You are welcome to copy and share this information with other members of the family as long as you continue to acknowledge the family members who have contributed and be mindful of individuals privacy. Some deceased people I would like to thank for their contributions to my research are;
Descendants of my Ancestors
Genealogy wiki for the living
I have descendant trees for many of my ancestors and therefore a lot of information on living people. If you are a descendant of my direct ancestors then it is highly likely that I will have information to share with you in relation to the living descendants which is far beyond what you will find on WeRelate. There is at least one other good genealogy wiki in WikiTree, where I have a basic copy of this tree with privacy controls set for the living. I have learnt a lot about privacy concerns and I want my extended family to feel comfortable with what they share that is why WeRelate, a site that only has the deceased is where I am sharing my family articles and if you find yourself on Wikitree then you can own and manage your own profile and those of your close family members.
For comparisons of WeRelate and Wikitree you should read this article found on Wikitree or my thoughts on the Combined use of WeRelate and Wikitree and there is also a good discussion from Chris Orme saying why he chose Wikitree and there is A Review of WeRelate from Pamela Pollard.
My Seventh Generation Project
I decided to produce a book for my family and so I started family articles to go into a book. That project is focused on the families of my ancestors and their descendants. I have used the Onto the Seventh Generation principle as a guide to where I should put my efforts. If we have people that we are both researching then it is possible that we are related and there is a relevant family booklet. Have a look at the families in My Seventh Generation Project and if there is a connection you can contact me by the messaging system here on WeRelate, provide your email and who you are descended from, via which line and I will send a PDF booklet by return email.
Free Family History
WeRelate has proven so far to be a great free resource that has high standards and looks to remain free.
The free program that I am using to track everyone in my tree, including the living is ScionPCand I highly recommend it even though it doesn't entirely fit into the category of Portable, Open Source, Freeware for Genealogy.
I intended to provide information on the good free resources I have found useful, however there are research guides compiled by multiple people here on WeRelate and they contain good information. I should start one for Alsace in France, yet current ones which are relevant to my research are;
In trying to establish an answer for some of the disputed information in my own Lehrer linage I have undertaken a sporadic, Lehrer One-Name-Study, details of which you can find on the Lehrer Families page.