I just found all my dad's genealogy research. I knew that we are descended from Germany, but I didn't understand anything about it before. Now, I am shocked at the letters and the amount of information that is simply so jumbled that I wonder how I will sort thru it. It was my father's dream to put a genealogy together, inspired by when he visited Germany in '91. But also, he wanted to have a "reunion" in 2010, similar to one held in 1910, 'cept with the whole family, German and American branches. Although I had decided years ago to take up the project and lost interest due to time and no motivation.... I am realizing that my trip to germany and a thorough understanding of both sides of the family could prove invaluable towards the compliation of the records. And since I will know the language, I will be able to comunicate with more of my family. Plus, there are rumors that we come from southern france a bit... not sure about that, but I would certainly be thrilled to get to the bottom of that. I know a bit of french too.. so that would prove invaluable as well.
Although the task is immense, I feel that it is necessary to complete these records before my departure. Perhaps not extrememly comprehensive, but at least an accurate list. An ultimate goal would be to get letters and photographs of as many family memebers and a complete enough list to orgaize the "family reunion". A lot of work has already been done but a language and cultural barrier between the fatherland and "Amerika" has created an immense gap beyond the mid 1800's. My first problem is to either locate our old genealogy computer program, or to get a new one. Perhaps if possible, I can get these records online and linked to my blog.