User talk:Rghollenbeck



Chickasaw issue


I believe that you can search for all instances of "Chicksaw" in your files through Family Tree Explorer. However, to my knowledge, there is no universal search and replace function for FTE at this time (it was proposed maybe a month or two ago). You would have to replace each occurrence of Chicksaw with Chickasaw manually.

There may be details elsewhere on the Help pages. I am not a technical expert on FTE (in fact, I don't use it except for uploading GEDCOMs), but there are others who can assist you if you need more detailed information.

Hope this helps!

Mary--Kittydoc 12:51, 24 May 2007 (MDT)


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Date formatting

Hi Rg... I just wanted to suggest that a better date format to use would be 12 Oct 1818 as opposed to 10/12/1818. Other countries don't always read the day and month in the same order that the U.S. does when the slashes are used. Correcting this now might head off some possible transcription errors in the future. Thanks!<g> --Ronni 11:01, 21 May 2007 (MDT)

Tip for alternate names

Hi there, my name is Christian and I'm a WeRelate admin. I was patrolling recent edits and I saw all the great work you're doing. Way to go! I like the research notes you included on some of your person pages. I have a tip for you that will help you get rid of the annoying "unknown" headings in the right info box on your person pages. When you include an alternate name, make sure to select a "Type of name" in the drop-down box next to the field where you enter the alternate name. In most cases, the type will be "Alt name". I went ahead and changed it on Person:Casper Halenbeck (1), but I noticed it on a few other pages. Let me know if you have any questions.

Thanks--Christian--Wrhelp 04:40, 23 May 2007 (MDT)


Thanks for the information on the parents of Anna Leash who married Peter Dierdorff, brother of my John Deardorff. I'm new to WeRelate and not sure I interpreted all 3 of your entries correctly. It appeared to me you were saying that Anna Leash Dierdorff was the daughter of Jacob Leash and Anna Marie Moyer, but also that Jacob was the son of Balthazar Loesch and Anna Moyer. Are you saying that the maiden name of both Jacob's mother and wife is MOYER?

My information on Peter Dierdorff and Anna LESH (LEASH) came from the Dierdorff side in a book by Chester A. Peters: SOME DESCENDANTS OF ANTHONY DIERDORFF JR. (a paragraph on page 17 of 860 pages. He also mentions Anna's second marriage to Stephen E. Miller who reared Peter and Anna's 6 children (named with approx. dates of 1803-1809)as his own. He made provisions for the Dierdorff children in his will.

Edna Britton DeLong also wrote a very short book about the Dierdorff/Deardoff family. On page 14 of her book, THE DEARDORFF-WILLIAMS FAMILY, she names the children of Peter and Christine Deardorff, including this entry:

    10.  Peter, Jr. -- married Anna Leash, on May 22, 1802. (daughter of Jacob Leash). [no further information]

hodson.ged Imported Successfully

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-WeRelate agent 19:41, 5 July 2007 (MDT)

Kollitz.ged Imported Successfully [5 February 2008]

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--WeRelate agent 23:44, 5 February 2008 (EST)

Merging, etc. [24 September 2008]

I am certainly not a trained genealogical person either.

If I recall correctly, the person/family you refer to is one that I came across in the process of generally merging duplicates. I don't have any specific knowledge on the family, but did offer what little I had gleaned in quickly browsing around the web. Anyone giving the matter any level of dilligence, will instantly be more expert on the subject than I.

Whatever you do, just be explicit about your doubts. If you think it more likly that people are the same, merge them and explicitly state that there is some doubt in that conclusion. If you think it more likly that people are different, leave them separate but add to each an explicit note that there is doubt that person A and person B are different. You can always help by trying to pile up more source materials on the subject, and just leave the pages alone otherwise.

Good luck!--Jrm03063 11:49, 24 September 2008 (EDT)

Isaac Lesh [11 August 2013]

Hello! I am researching Isaac Newton Lesh. On the page you created for him, you have a paragraph that is written by Isaac. You don't provide a citation for where this came from. Can you let me know where the came from? Thanks! Amber Case--Caseamberj 13:21, 11 August 2013 (EDT)

Distant cousins! [8 October 2014]

I am thrilled to find your page on John Wallace, my first cousin (mumblety) times removed through his mother's side of the family. I am new to this, but very excited about the collaboration possible here, and the fact that I just added an enormous branch of my family by seeing yours! I would love any tips you can give me on sources for family back in John Wallace's day

Great to meet you! P. S. I think I duplicated Margaret Crawford /Craufurd, but didn't want to delete anything yet, advice welcome

Jonathan Michael Crawford 01:33, 8 October 2014 (UTC)