Monday, November 26, 2007

Documents Section & Book Searches

Added to the website: A Documents section that can be accessed through the main menu. This new area contains image files of some of our ancestors' vital records, legal records, histories, notes, etc.

Also, on the homepage, you might notice a posterized picture of Todd and me that might require some explanation. The photo is graphically manipulated for several reasons, the least of which is because we're shy. Suffice to say that we take pictures once in a blue moon. There very simply is rarely a reason to, so this photo is one of our more recent. Unfortunately, the lighting was poor and the picture quality, pretty gnarly. This is our attempt at some honesty though, seeing as the set of pictures taken before that had us gasping in awe of how young we looked.

Finally, I wanted to make mention of a very enjoyable conversation I had this afternoon with Bill of Mountain Heritage Books in St. Marys, West Virginia. Turns out we are great admirers of each others states, especially if we're talkin' college football. Our guys did really well this season (Go Mountaineers! Go Warriors!).

I called Bill after receiving a very speedy reply email to my book inquiry. I then decided to purchase a tome from his literal treasure trove of hard-to-find, rare, and out-of-print books most of which are very pertinent to genealogists researching West Virginia and the Mid-Atlantic states. If you have not done so already, I highly recommend that you click on the link above and look through his inventory of general subject, county and family histories, and Civil War books.

Friday, November 23, 2007

Website Update

Now on the website are updated LEAVES pages for:
Johannes Abel
John Peter Auvil
Lewis Kline Auville
John Friel Armstrong
John Nestor

Documents added from the old website and old links updates as well:
Notes on Heinrich Croneis
Revolutionary Service of Johann Abel
Last Will and Testament of Daniel Auvel
Daniel Oval, Bill of Sale

No new pictures have been added to the Gallery yet, but its index is now more comprehensive and easier to navigate.

Sunday, November 11, 2007

On The Auvil Front

Once again, I ask for your patience. There are several new and developing situations that require me to rethink the flow of our family website, one of which is my recent acquiring of Catherine dee Auvil's former Auvil website. Catherine and other Auvil genealogists poured their hearts into that project and shared so freely the fruits of their extensive research with people who were just beginning their searches ~ people like me. Not only would it be a shame to let this stuff just sit on my desk, but it feels like it would be a travesty if I didn't share it in the same spirit in which it was created.

Meanwhile, I've been in contact with family members of Auvil branches from which we have never heard before. These genealogists have also done an amazing amount of work. The Auvils are truly a tireless bunch!