Gregory J. Schafer

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I am but one member of a large and extended family. Over the course of my entire life, the history of my people has always intrigued and significantly interested me.

My surname, Schäfer, that of my father, is a name that I am proud to have and I honor and respect my late father and all my ancestors before him. According to, the Schäfer surname and its variations such as Schaefer come from the Middle High German schæfære, meaning "shepherd," a derivative of schaf, meaning "sheep."

My late mother's maiden surname, Ulmer, as defined through the, "… was first found in Württemberg and Baden, in the Swabian Alps, where this family name became a prominent contributor to the development of the district from ancient times. Always prominent in social affairs, the name became an integral part of this region as it emerged to form alliances with other families within the Feudal System and the nation. The name most probably has its origin in the mediaeval city of Ulm (mentioned as early as 854,) south-east of Stuttgart." I am of the belief that this website serves a most important purpose. It is a wonderful way to create an ongoing presence of an individual who has passed on.

Please feel free to contact me by email at the address shown above, or via the "suggest edits" link within a person's memorial should you have any proposed additions of content, or to edit perceived incorrect data that you can provide proof to me justifying the desired change(s).

A dear friend of mine, Peggy, indicated in her contributor biography, that "If you request a [memorial] transfer, please be sure that you are fully committed to maintaining the memorial. It is prudent advice to leave access to your contributor profile so that your memorials can be transferred to somebody else should you become unable to maintain them or that you should perish. I am willing to maintain any memorial should you need to divest yourself of it.

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