Surnames/tags: Walrath Walrad Walradt
The goal of this project is to rebuild the Family Tree of the Palatine Walradths, and eventually tie in everybody who preceded them in the 17th century. This is not about drilling straight into Rhineland: This is about organizing the cousins of AT LEAST the families in North America. Obviously this means reaching back before the earliest settlers, but I do not consider drilling straight back down a family name a priority. That usually doesn't help much research, it only traces father-son connections and omits all of the variety that makes up the descendants.
One of my main tools is the Walrath Family Association Newsletter, which was published by Jerry Walrath and edited by Reetha Clancy from 1971-2001. Reetha's work is the largest and longest-running study of Walrath genealogy that I am currently aware of. My grandmother is Member #184, mentioned in Newsletter #54, Page 1.
Right now this project just has one member, me. I am Matthew Thompson. My Walrad ancestry dead-ended with [[[Walradt-20|Abraham|Audolph Walradt]]], my 4th great-grandfather.
Here are some of the tasks that I think need to be done. I'll be working on them, and could use your help.
- Finding records of the families where the surnames changed, including AT MINIMUM dates of birth, death, and of course whenever possible, marriages.
- Finding gravestones, whenever possible, through findagrave.com (or, even better, volunteering at findagrave.com and uploading photos of the gravestones) and VERIFYING said information through a second source.
- If you are a descendant of ANY of the surnames, please post your lineage here in this forum... use the "relationship to Me" tool and copy the text directly into your post.
- IF YOU OR SOMEONE YOU KNOW IS AN ORIGINAL MEMBER OF THE WALRATH FAMILY ASSOCIATION please send me a private message. I am VERY interested in meeting you! It would also be good to note a Walrath Family Association Member number in their Biography.
If you are NOT a member of one of the above names but would like to help out, please comment stating your reason. Perhaps you are a resident of a large Walrath community, or work in a professional capacity as a genealogist or historian, or maybe you just happen to have a ton of information regarding the family.
For more about the Walrath Family Association Newsletter, please look here: http://freepages.rootsweb.com/~walfam/family/WFNewsletter/WFNpages.html