Well, I started out over 25 years ago in search of the meaning and origins of my Stuehmeyer surname. I inially asked my father Henry, then his sister, my Aunt Marie over in America, and I've NEVER stopped! :-)
This was all before the internet and emails had really been invented, so, with pen to paper, I was writting to complete strangers all over the place, including numerous archives in Germany - all in English of course, and getting replies too - but in German!! I learnt Welsh in school so I had a problem now, and my next task was to find someone who could do some translating for me. Then I found out that there's an old German dialect and lanuage, and a new one!
So, starting from a question or two for my Dad and my Aunt, then giving Mum two pages of questions and being told "I don't know anything", I've learnt a great deal about hundreds, or should I say thousands, of my relations and family all over the world. These include sad and happy tales, heroic and amazing stories, for example, of farmers, tilers, pioneers, aristocrats, even celebrities, and family in the Military, American Infantry and US Forces during the Second World War, WW1, Civil War and the Napoleonic Wars...
My surname dates back to the Knights of Germany in 1100 & 1200s and our family records to the 1600s and the timber framed house is still there today.
My French roots go back 14 generations to a 1517 marriage in Lyon, and my British ancestors come from all over the UK.
I've researched a GREAT deal & I've learnt even MORE.
What do you know about your family, grandparents, or great grandparents? What did they do, where did they live, have you been told any family tales, did anyone go off to war, have you got a family Bible, or any old family papers or postcards, birth, marriage or death cerificates, Wills, deeds or old photographs...? These could all hold clues to your ancestors and your family history. START YOUR FAMILY TREE TODAY - WITHOUT DELAY!
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