Posted by transfer
on Thursday, December 15, 2005 - 01:43 PM
The purpose of this site is to coordinate genealogical research on the Iseli Family. Information sources, publications, and raw data sets will be provided for the use of any Family researcher. This is a Surname Genealogy. That is, we are tracing primarily the paternal line of descent, although many allied families are included in our records. If there is an Iseli in your family tree, we want to know about it!
The phases of the project
Initially, one of the phase aimed to publish a unified family genealogy by 2001. This date has long passed, so here's a new roadmap.
- In 1996-1997 we focused on gathering as much information from old family trees as possible and
typing them in the computer. The main source for this were the genealogies compiled by Julius
Billeter, which we found on LDS microfilms (mormons). In the mean time however, we heard that
the quality of his work was not always very high, so we will have to go through our data again
and double check the entries.
- The resulting family tree is now online. Errors can be fixed and blanks can be filled out by any
family member who registered and was approved. This way, we will be able to fill in the currently
living persons and try to link them to existing branches.
Once we have our data and enough volunteers, we can go back to the archives and check the
individuals, try to find the mising links and families.
Our final goal remains to produce a unified genealogy which will be published in print. However,
we are still very far away from this goal.
Interested in genealogy research? It's easy - we're doing it, so it has to be! Want to
contribute to this web site? Here's a few ways to help out:
- Fill in your local Family genealogy. Find out the date of birth, death and marriage for
as many family members as possible, along with the names and dates of their marriage
partners. Occupations would also be nice, but are not critical. Just the excuse you needed
to call that great aunt...
- Share the oral history of your local family with the rest of us. Got a "gem"
of history to share? Send it to me and I'll put it up on the Web
- Drop in at your local library and see if there are any family records. Be sure to send
us the citation if there is!
- Send us your OLD family photos, historic documents, etc. to be placed on the web or as a
data file for other Family researchers to enjoy and use. Conversion to a computer graphic
file would be appreciated.
- Start your own family internet home page. We will link to it with pleasure. Add some photos and
put some flesh on the names listed in our genealogy!
- Find email addresses for any spelling of the Family name anywhere in the world and send
them to us. If you have access to local databases - such as university and corporate
systems - check them for Family spellings. Expanding our network of contacts is the VERY
best way to expand our knowledge!
- Come up with your own ideas. We're new at this and open to any novel use of the web
If you want to make a more substantial contribution, the Family site could use...
- German, French, Dutch and Afrikaans translators: we want to expand this website in all
these languages so that all family members will feel comfortable. More than translating the
pages, we would like to make each language section of this website more specific to the readers.
- Genealogists: Contribution are always welcomed. We especially need assistance tracing
the maternal lines of descent within the Allied Families.
- Swiss researchers needed: The documents needed to expand our knowledge of our Family
origins are in Switzerland. Anyone living in Switzerland can help - no experience needed!
Americans planning to visit Switzerland, please check in with the editor for a couple of
special assignments while you're there...
- Washington DC researchers needed: Every Iseli in America started as an immigrant, and
their records are on file in Washington. Anyone willing to do some record research in
Washington would make a major contribution to our Family research effort.
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