I have always been interested in family history, asking questions since I was a little girl. I took a genealogy class at church, and that was when my life changed forever. I was introduced to the computer, and the internet.
I have found people I didn't know. I found out their life stories, some of which really surprised and at times shocked me. I have also found living cousins who share my passion or a better word now is addiction.
I have also met some wonderful friends.
But, with the good comes the bad. I have also met some really mean people too. And, in this wonderful business of searching out and preserving our family history,this makes me sad.
I do want to point out, that I appreciate all of the volunteers who have created these memorials, and the volunteers who take and post photos on this site. As in anything worthwhile, it really does take a village. We cannot do all of this alone.
With that said, I am not interested in having memorials of people I am not in some way related to, or do not know. I only want to manage family, which includes extensions of my family, and a few friends.
If I have a duplicate, it was NOT created on purpose. If I am aware of one, I try to rectify that, and ask for cooperation, not a power struggle over "ownership". To me, that is either silly, or selfish.
I have added info and edited quite a few memorials, and I appreciate all the help I have received.
I always leave a flower on their memorials, out of love, respect, and as a reminder that I was there to provide correct information and family links.
My core family names are:
Maternal: Deicken, Hellweg, Walkenhorst, Kemner.
I am willing to share information with other family members within reason.
I have had people ask for a GEDCOM file or a copy of my tree, and I am not willing to do that.
I think if people are truly interested in their family history, they would want to experience the research to get a feel for the family, not just the info to transfer onto a file or tree.
If I can be of help to anyone, please ask.
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