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From time to time I'm asked for help in the research of a particular person from a specific family line. My experience in conducting research, and documenting my findings, goes through a rigorous and tedious process.

For one reason or another, most people I come across don't do a rigorous study, much less document how they know what they think they know. This presents me with a challenge of explaining how I organize my data.

This web page will permit visitors to download from my web site directory. Since this is a family history web sharing concept, we trust your activites.

If you have any comments or questions, please don't hesitate to send me an email.

How The Data Is Organized

I hate not having what I need to do my work. So I tend to bring data into my environment, so I can work at my leisure. Over the years this has developed into a large directory of data.

The data is out there. You just have to find it, bring it all together into one media, shape and organize it, then format it and deliver it to the user for their perspective use. The useres persepctive is not your perspective. I try to write my papers to answer any possable question.
1st    I collect data from any and all sources, while capturing the source of that data. I even use ancestry and genealogy sites to capture family trees, unfortunately these sites typically can't identify where their own source for the data. To me this data is raw; not integrated or put in context of my research. I did put some data into a genealogy database, like Ancestry, etc., in order to connect and network with other people.

2nd    I organized the data around a single known person, their exact location, and time period they live in; 1752 Cumberland County. This means my research relates to one person, found in Cumberland County from when the county was created in 1752. If the person is in Cumberland County area prior to 1750, the person would be placed in 1729 Lancaster County.
If the person I'm researching is in one location, that person stays there, and his birth or family origins moves into his location. Also, it is very important to understand the formation and topography of each county and their townships for the time period you are researching. A person in 1746 Paxtang Township Lancaster County is not 1785 Dauphin County.
3rd     I begin integrating the data using Microsoft Word. I use a simple outline of the person, and as the person's know county, state, or country locations move, I can go to my other data and integrate it with this person. This is where I begin formatting the document into a book format. I name the document according to their exact name, and birth and death date; James Graham (1725-1807). This person is then placed in the county they are 1st know to appear.

Good Luck....Boog Graham

Graham Families Being Researched

I'm at an impasse with my specific Graham line, which begins and ends with two brothers; Robert and John Graham who both married sisters from the Devore family of 1784 Franklin County Pennsylvania. So I haven't worked on my Graham line for some time.

Just a reminder, you are looking at what I call raw data, organized around dates relating to when the data originated. The data is then associated to a person's name. This is why a specific person can be in two places; example: 1729 Lancaster County can have a person's will, and 1750 Cumberland County can have the same person's name on a tax list or biography. As I start writing about a person, I follow that person through their time to their origins. At this point I begin to integrate the raw data into the most recent point in time for that person; 1729 Lancaster County may then be integrted into 1750 Cumberland County.

I can help, so please don't hesitate to send me an email.

PA County Formation Dates      Topographic Maps        USGS Pennsylvania County Maps

By Pennsylvania Counties         By States        Unknown Grahams         Revolutionary War Records

Taylor-Hengst Families Being Researched

Our Taylor Family History is still being developed, but we do believe it begins with Philip Taylor, whoes grandson was George Taylor (1777-1858) of York County Pennyslvania.

Everything I have is in two areas; Documents, and Photos

Taylor Documents

Taylor Photos, and our web site of a few Taylor Photos

If you have any comments or questions, please don't hesitate to send me an email.

Sollenberger Families Being Researched

Our Sollenberger Family History is also part of our Diller family, and they are still being researched. We believe the family begins with Ulrich Sollenberger, whoes grandson was John Sollenberger (1771-1855)) of Monroe Township Cumbeland County Pennyslvania.

Everything I have is in two areas; Documents, and Photos

Sollenberger Data and Documents

Sollenberger Photos

If you have any comments or questions, please don't hesitate to send me an email.