In the summer of 2002, I was asked by a family geneticist to do
some research for a particular medical issue. I had not really been very
interested in my family tree so this seemed to be a bit of a chore to
me. I sat down at the computer and began to do searches for anything I
Much to my surprise, I met a number of people that had spent many
years researching our heritage and had become authorities on the
subject. Some of them had even gone to visit the homelands of our
forefathers and visited with some of our long lost relatives.
It was becoming very obvious that the introduction of the
Internet as bringing an entirely new dynamic to researching
genealogies. The publication of documents such as the St.
Petersburg Archives gave researchers a treasure trove of
information that they didn't have in the past.
very recent years, it has become more than a suspicion that our
forefathers immigrated from Switzerland to Germany about the
14th century. This revelation has let researchers back to the
Internet to research territories that they had never personally
And that brings us to this web site.
Most of us don't have the resources or the skills to do the
research necessary to for this research. It can be very time
consuming, may require travel, and often requires a
comprehension of the German language.
So it has been my desire to take the hard work done by
those that have excelled at it and to publish an authoritative
collection of this information. I also have a good understanding
of the value of collaboration. The success of this research can
be greatly impacted by your input into the process. Your
memories, stories, and photographs are very valuable to the
The genealogy "gatekeeper" makes the final
decision as to what goes into the family tree. The research team
works either independently or with others to generate data that
is submitted to the gatekeeper. Entries that are agreed upon by
the research team and the gatekeeper are then published to this
There are times when there are branches of the
tree that are not fully validated. These branches are posted
separately until they are either proven or disproven to be in
Care is taken to protect the information of
the living generations. No family or personal information will
be published on this site for anyone that is alive.
Thank you for your visit, and we are looking forward to
hearing from you.
Fredrick R. Wiest