I’ll start with the easiest one first – what are we doing here? And by here, I mean, right here. On this website. As opposed to, you know, somewhere else.
Several months ago, my mother had a small get together for cousins to reconnect with Gabby and Gitta (raise your hand if you remember them!) What was supposed to be a casual, small get together turned into a large party with lots of food and one assigned seat. It was very cool and I got to meet some new cousins (five times removed or something) and reconnect with cousins I hadn’t seen in a while. Towards the end of the night, some of us were going through old photo albums and Cousin* Linda asked if there was somewhere online where we could all share the photographs.
Fast forward to early January when my parents and I joined the Delaware Schellhardts for their annual family holiday in Ocean City, Maryland. We sat with Cousins Bet and Maggie and their spouses and we got talking about family history and sharing memories and stories and the importance of preserving that history. Combined with Linda’s suggestion, I felt the need to do something!
That’s what we’re doing here: preserving our family history, sharing our stories, reminiscing about our shared past, and honoring those who are no longer with us.
This website is not a one gal operation – it is yours to do as you please. I don’t expect everyone to participate and maybe you’ll want to start your own website – that’s okay. I mean, don’t expect a Christmas card from me next year but have a great time doing it!
So, how can you make this a vibrant website? If you have photos that you’d like to share, send them to firstname.lastname@example.org. That’s right – I sprung for an email account! Don’t worry, it was free. If email isn’t your thing, I’ll send the lady with the magic wand scanner to come scan your pictures. If you have a story to share or facts to correct, let us know! If you have recorded an oral history, consider posting it here – I sprung for the audio player! Whatever it is - we want to hear from you!
By now, you’ve figured out how the website’s set up – there are pages for photos and archival materials I’ll probably reorganize the photo page so that it’s arranged in chronological segments. I think it’ll make sense once you see it! Max and Anna have a page – which offers a broad perspective on the family. Each sibling’s family also has a page. I included skeletal biographical information for each sibling. If you want to flesh some more out – submit the information and I’ll update it accordingly. Finally, there’s a page about the bar which, obviously, will focus on the bar.
This is definitely a work in progress so it will evolve over time. Keep checking back to see what our family history looks like!
*Please note – I do not generally call people Cousin So-and-So except in the two cases in which “Cousin” is, in fact, their names.