I have been conducting genealogical research on my family for nearly 20 years, and have become a passionate explorer of my family's past and history. I started out with just a few stories from my parents about the origins of our family...one side being of Polish/Slovak origin, and the other being German/Pennsylvania Dutch. My research has led me back into Slovakia into the 1600's to discover family who lived in a small mountain village of Relov. I had never thought to discover so much about my mother's family. My research into my father's side of the family has taken me equally far back into the early 1600's. While my father always thought his paternal line was German, and their origins are German, he never knew that his Wiener line comes from South Bohemia in the mountainous region along the border of Germany and what is now known as the Czech Republic. There the Wieners have lived, farmed, and raised their families for centuries. My father knew his mother was "maybe Swiss" but surely "Pennsylvania Dutch." He never knew that her line was deeply rooted in this country and its early years. He never suspected that his ancestors were early settlers of this country who helped to solidify this country's independence and that so many fought for it in the Revolutionary War. A great sadness it is that he did not live long enough to learn about his illustrious ancestors.
This journey has led me to understand the reasons my ancestors came to America in the 1700's, the devastation of their homelands, the persecution they faced, and the role the Reformation played in their past. The pursuit of genealogy is more than just collecting names and dates, but it leads to an understanding of what our ancestors lives were about, what trials they faced, and what mattered to them. This journey has helped me to discover these things about my ancestors. My explorations have led me to find many facts, many ancestors and many cousins. And through this work, connect with the world on a larger scale.
I salute the people who have done so much good work on this website so that others may make connections with their kin. While most of my research has been conducted through other sources, I see this as a valuable venue to celebrate our ancestors and kin, and give them a lasting place of memorial.
RE: Andreas Rieser # 36690561 Lynda, I thank you for the additional information on Sarah Rieser and your documentation. I will send this info on to my cousin who did much of the original research on the Rieser/Reeser family. Then he can double check if he wants to do so. If you are interested his work in on file at the York County Historical Society. I have added this to my files though. I suppose you and I are distantly related since Andreas is my 5th great uncle. Happy ancestor Hunting to you!
Andreas Rieser # 36690561 I just received an edit request from you for Andreas Rieser which I did do. I'm wondering if you are related to the Rieser/Reeser family since you said that Sarah Rieser is indeed their daughter and what info you have proving that relationship. I am related to the family but now have conflicting information that I would like to straighten out. In a copy of the Ulrich Rieser History (on file in York County Historical) it states that Andreas & Sybilia had no children. This information was researched by another cousin who lives in Pennsylvania. Apparently he located no record of children but if their was indeed a daughter as Find A Grave indicates (that link was made by someone else) then I simply would like the info and where the info was found so we can correct what we have on this branch. Mistakes can and do happen but when discovered I like to get them corrected. I would also contact the original person who did much of the research so that his records can be corrected.