Welcome [20 October 2012]
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Hi White Creek,
Welcome back! I'm one of the volunteers who periodically patrols recent edits, and there are a couple things I've seen on your pages I just wanted to point out. First, please make sure you link your sources to specific facts. You can do so by clicking the "+" button next to a fact and entering the source, or entering the source first, and then entering "S1" or whatever the corresponding number is in the Source field after the fact. Second, if you want to cite a source that currently doesn't have a page, please use "Citation Only" or create a page for it, rather than leaving a read link to a page that doesn't exist. Finally, if you want to cite particular people for your facts (i.e. "Sandra at Rootsweb" I think Ive seen), please provide either a link to the information or a reason to trust the information (i.e. "Sandra Smith, granddaughter of subject"). If there's no way for others to either verify or evaluate the source, then there's not much point in citing just someone's name. Thanks for your work, and if you have any questions, please feel free to ask. --Amelia 00:20, 21 October 2012 (EDT) (volunteer admin)
Port Washington Ohio to Adams Co. Indian [14 December 2012]
Thank you for your fine research and article on the Palatinate and the migration to Tuscarawas Co. and on to Northern Indiana. You supported and improved much of my theories on the why's and how's the Schug family settled in Berne,Adams Co, Indian. Is there a way I can follow your progress?
I downloaded my gedcom file in 2008 (with all it's warts)into We Relate. It is appears families from the same town (Baumholder) emigrated together and maintained the relationships. Schug, Rausch, Grimm, Conrad, Kirsch, Harth, Neumann. all ended up in Tuscarawas and moved on from there. Now I know some of the motivation. But why Tuscarawas?
Best Regards & Merry Christmas,
Charles Schug "SchugRSnapp"--SchugRSnapp 17:43, 14 December 2012 (EST)
Lanzers [26 February 2013]
You should contact me. We may be able to help each other with our research. I know a lot about the Lanzers from Pfalz region who settled in Ohio.
Paul--Paul.Hart 09:48, 26 February 2013 (EST)
Friedrich (Frederic) Lohmeier, 1846-1936 [14 October 2013]
Hallo, my Name is Karl Lohmeier, living in Schleswig-Holstein. The northern Part of Germany. Please excuse my bad English. Friedrich Lohmeier is my Grand Grandfather. He was the brother of Christina and Sophie Lohmeier, Born at Cammer. He was soldier during the war between French and Germany in 1870/71. In 1889 he left Cammer with his wife and 12 children and bought a farm in Schleswig-Holstein. His oldest daughter Sophie stayed in Cammer and married in 1898 her husband Karl Prange. There have been a lot of Pranges in Cammer. He had twoo Brothers: Ernst 1849-1918 and Karl 1843-?. Friedrich and his wife owned a very samll farm in Cammer, but he spent much Money for the farm he baught. It were about 39.000,- Goldmark in 1889! Nobody knews, from whome he got so much Money. My email adress: firstname.lastname@example.org With best wishes to you your Karl Lohmeier--Carlo-H.Mayer 16:32, 14 October 2013 (UTC)
Lauer Family [13 February 2014]
Hello, I got your message on my TALK Page regarding the Lauer family. Regarding your re-naming Christian Lauer to "Hans" Lauer, we'd ask that you not make these changes in the future. This topic was discussed several months on the Naming Conventions Talk Page by the WeRelate Administrators. It is generally better to name persons by their PRIMARY name (how they are generally refered to in records) than their BIRTH NAME (or Baptismal Name). For instance, in many German families, they use Hans or Johann as a "pre-name" to their "actual name", as follows:
And so on, etc.
The obvious reason for this is two-fold:
1. It helps to differentiate a families children. Otherwise, all of their male children will be "Johan" or in this case "Hans", which would likely not coincide with how they are listed in each of their records, and (2) also would help in searching for them in most search engines, which would not be able to differentiate between all male children with the same first (birth) name.
If you look at: Michael Lauer, I've changed his name field to coincide with the naming convention rules, listed above.
Hope this helps, thanks for your assistance and best regards,
Jim, Volunteer Administrator, WeRelate--Delijim 18:48, 29 January 2014 (UTC)
Actually, I find that very unprofessional as a genealogist and totally disagree with the idea that a person "usually" used his middle name.
I have a German ancestor who named all of his children with "Hubert" for a middle name and NONE of them used it, including his daughter Hubertina.
I have a German ancestor who is found in all the US records as HH. It was not until I found his baptism records that I learned his name was Heinrich Hubert at which point I found in immigration record as Heinrich. Should I just leave that off and place in HH for his name, because after he hit the US that is identifier he "most often" gives?
I have many, many more examples that I could give you where your "naming convention rules" are just wrong. This spans from different areas of Germany to different religions. What are you doing about Jewish German's who have no "baptismal" names?
Before you make rules how individuals should be naming their ancestors, I think you should read Arta F. Johnson's: The Origins, Development, and Meanings of German Names. You could also try some of Kenneth Smith’s Books: German Church Books: Beyond the Basics or German Names: A Practical Guide
Paul Hart, FUTURE Certified German Genealogist--Paul.Hart 11:45, 13 February 2014 (UTC)