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.
Aug 19, 2008
This is my first visitor as a member to this site. I can see that it is still new and that it has great potential in becoming a meeting place for all Doddema's and those who are interested in the Doddema (and Dodde) family. I noticed that there is already an article from my hand in the 'articles' slot about the origin of the Doddema name. That was send by me to Bernard some time ago.
I have an extensive databank of the Dutch Doddema's as well as branches from Germany, Belgium and Norway. Someday, I plan to make a book of our history, but that will need much more research, especially about more than just birthdays and names of spouses. What was their occupation, did they have any special talents, did they become known for something (positive or negative)? These stories make a family history readable and juicy. So, if you have any such stories, write them down and publish them on this site (or, if you feel shy about it, send it directly to me at firstname.lastname@example.org).
I want to thank Bernard for his trouble to set up a website like this. It must have been quite a job and probably still is in view of the many items with his name on it! I hope it will become a lively forum for all of us!
For now, my best wishes for all of you out there!
Haren, The Netherlands.
Nov 18, 2006
Henk, thanks for registering! It's great to have you onboard and helping with the work. I do appreciate all the hard work that you've put into this, you've been an inspiration to me.
If you have any suggestions on how to make this site better, please post it in the "Suggestions" forum. I'm still trying to get things up to date as well as more images and the like. I finally found a friend who knows graphics so hopefully I'll be able to put a nice header up.