It's been almost 4 months since my last gedcom update. I didn't take the time to compute how many documents or individuals were added but I can honestly say, it was not a small amount. I plan on making gedcom updates monthly to reflect my work.
The main reason it's taking more time is I'm also reconciling my records with the new FamilySearch FamilyTree as well as combining the many duplicate records that are out there…and there are many. Some individuals had more than 6 records! It takes a lot of work combining these records as well as adding all my sources as well.
Why do all this work? I spend alot of my time working on this project. It's one of my life goals (besides being the best husband and father that I can be!) to have as complete a family history as possible, not just for myself but for later generations! I try to be as thorough as I can. Heck, I'm still learning and fixing mistakes I've made myself in the past 20 years. Family history is a continual learning curve. Take that and add all the FamilySearch submissions and you have a handful!
By taking the time now, adding my sources and reasons why I believe my information is the most correct should ensure less mistakes in the future.
How can you help? Be patient as I work. Pray for me. Ask questions! Send more information my way including photos of significant events.
Nov 18, 2006
Every once in a while, Ancestry.com has one of those freebie trials that they like to parade around. I took advantage of it this time and was pleasantly surprised to see that they're were a few Doddema's listed. What excited me the most was seeing the passenger list with my father's name on it when he arrived in America! Now that's cool. Of course, since I don't have a membership, I can't save the document but I plan on taking a trip to the Family History Center and using their access to get the records. Aha! Another individual that I found was Elso Doddema. Ancestry.com has him listed as Elzoo Doddema but the dates correlate as does is wife's name. It looks like something is different with the children but I can look into that. If anybody has any information on Elso and Manna Doddema, along with their offspring, I would greatly appreciate it.
Family history is fun and I hope to get more of you involved in the process. For those of you that have helped, thank you. It's been a blessing and a privilege to work with you as well as get to know you better.