In spring 2008 his grandmother showed him some paintings by the Swiss painter Frank Buchser and told him that this person was his great great great grandfather. He was keen to understand this and asked her more about his ancestors and relatives and took notes. He put the information he collected into his own DokuWiki. There he wrote people articles about them like he had done in German Wikipedia for years.
For almost ten years he didn't spend too much time with this until he researched something for a Wikipedia article at FamilySearch and learned that they suddenly required registration. He registered, but didn't find what he was looking for. The website asked if he wanted to start his family tree. He had time, so he entered a bit from the data he collected from grandma combined with some sheets his former boss (an amateur genealogist for decades) had given to him. Suddenly the website started suggesting additional data and he started linking, adding and merging people. When he learned that all of this goes into one big world tree, he perceived it like Wikipedia and started a new hobby that would soon complete devour the old one.
Another two years later he gave another try to this other website called WikiTree, that he soon perceived a lot cooler than the FamilySearch family tree, because people seemed to care more for sources and one was able to write "real" articles like back then in Wikipedia. Since than he's basically sitting in front of the pc waiting to be picked up by his family …
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Additionally I allow opening of my profile and addition of my death date and location.
Florian is 25 degrees from John Adams, 27 degrees from Calvin Coolidge, 24 degrees from Dwight Eisenhower, 22 degrees from John Hanson, 24 degrees from William Harrison, 24 degrees from Thomas Jefferson, 23 degrees from Abraham Lincoln, 23 degrees from James Monroe, 25 degrees from Franklin Roosevelt, 25 degrees from Martin Van Buren, 24 degrees from George Washington and 27 degrees from Jana Diamond on our single family tree. Login to find your connection.