New member introducing myself

+14 votes

I have had an interest in genealogy since I was a young teen, about 50 years now.  Being a retiree has allowed me to pursue this hobby more frequently.

I was introduced to WikiTree by a cousin, Beth Stephenson.  We share ancestors of the Schlemmer family.  Beth gave me a link to the family on this site where I learned that I have the wrong mother for my 2gr grandfather Schlemmer.  I did not know this family history well and her connection opened a new and corrected line to my family.

The majority of my family arrived in Marshall and St Joe Counties in northern Indiana in the mid to late 1800's, with the community of Bremen, IN being the main town.  Beyler, Seiler, Berger, Zimmer, Ewald, Geyer, Huff, Balsley and Weiss are a few of the names from this group.

About 20% of my ancestors were in America during the American Revolution.  These family names include Milner, Loehr, Philbrick, Banfield/Banfill, Yockey, Hepler

The majority of my lineage originated in Alsace, France and Bern, Switzerland.  

I look forward to learning more about my ancestors, their origins and connecting with cousins.

Dave Weiss    Weiss-3022
WikiTree profile: David Weiss
in The Tree House by David Weiss G2G1 (1.9k points)
Welcome to WikiTree, David! So glad Beth got you to join in the fun and how wonderful that you've already made some major discoveries. Hope you continue to have success here in whatever you seek to do!

4 Answers

+8 votes
Welcome to WikiTree, David. It is great that you have already made a connection here and sounds like you are off to a very good start. We are happy to have you and look forward to all your additions to our tree. I hope you enjoy the journey!!
by Virginia Fields G2G Astronaut (1.0m points)
+7 votes
Welcome, David. I'm so glad Beth pointed you our way. She really is such a great researcher. I've piggy-backed on her research before.

I have ancestry in the same areas in Europe that you do.
by Pip Sheppard G2G Astronaut (2.5m points)
+4 votes
David: Welcome to WikiTree. The fact that you and your cousin Beth have done so much work will be a big advantage in connecting you to WikiTree's one family tree.
by A. Creighton G2G6 Pilot (773k points)
+5 votes
Hi Dave!  Welcome to the wikitree! Hope you enjoy it as much as I do!  So glad that you joined!
by Beth Stephenson G2G6 Mach 4 (49.1k points)

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