rinhoff

Sep 092011
 

Today I added a page of what I know so far about my paternal grandfather, William Inhoff, who came as a 14 year old from Germany to Hardin County, Ohio.  In searching the ship’s list of passengers, I can’t find any family names that I recognize.  Could he have come alone?    I believe he came to Ohio to be with his aunt’s family.  From all that I have collected I am thinking that his home may have been in Schluechtern area of Hesse, northeast of Frankfort, Germany.

Last night I Googled on one of the related family names: Leibold in Hardin County.  I came across a book called Linking rings: William W. Durbin and the magic and mystery of America, by James D. Robenalt in 2004.   Only snippets were visible – but they proved interesting.  William Durbin’s mother was Margaret Leibold, b 1833 in Hintersteinau in Hesse.   Now to find a copy of the book!

Sep 042011
 

I started on this journey that has brought me to this new website a few days ago as I thought about an upcoming trip with my wife’s mother back to the place where she grew up, Greenville, Maine on beautiful Moosehead Lake.    As I looked at my Ancestry.com family trees, I did not see any ways to create a website with dynamic links.   However, while looking at the publishing (book) options with MyCanvas, I was quite intrigued by the results.   If only I could create web pages that looked like this with dynamic links between family members.  Here is a sample of one page that I created rather easily using MyCanvas with Ancestry.  Unfortunately, this is for publishing books, not web pages.

I also watched Thomas MacEntee’s “Explorinar” on using a site called Weebly to create a genealogy website.  Very interesting and informative.  I have used Weebly and like it alot.   But I didn’t want to build a site from scratch.  So I kept looking.

When I found a couple of sites using WordPress with imbeded genealogy reports, I decided to give it a try.   We’ll see how it goes.  There’s a lot to do, many decisions to be made before I reach that goal.

Sep 042011
 

After 8 years of researching the stories of our families, I have decided to launch this website as a way to share with and learn from others.   While I have several family trees on Ancestry.Com, I am looking for ways to make some of the stories as well as stories of the search come more alive and to be more accessible.   I plan to blog about the families, but also the search for the right applications and other tools that will make this site possible.