Welcome to My Family Forest
Genealogical data can seem like a forest of details. I hope this website will help you find your way home. What details should be included is an important issue. So, I'm considering the question in light of its purposes:
Strangers in the Box
Come, look with me inside this drawer,
I wish I knew the people,
I wonder what their lives were like.
If only someone had taken time
Could this become the fate
Make time to save your memories*,
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All of the material on the website is linked to the menu on the left which is always in view. If you don't
see a menu, click here. You can browse your family tree by clicking on your family name under 'Family Trees' or check out the stories and photo pages by selecting your family under 'Story Boards'. The newest stories are listed on top, with the date they were entered.
One of the great features of the web is your ability to click on a word or phrase and switch to a related document. I have created links from characters in the stories to their descriptions in the family trees. This should eliminate any ambiguity caused by referring to a person with a popular name or by some spelling variant. For example, see the Richard Mann story.
What's NewDuring the summer of 2007 I traveled to Lewistown and Plentywood Montana. I hadn't been to Lewistown, where I grew up, for 20 years, and I hadn't been to Plentywood, where I was born, for 70 years. My objective was to locate the homesteads near Lewistown of my grandfather, Dave Spoon, and those near Plentywood of my great-grandfather, Richard Mann. In addition, I wanted to discover more details of their lives and visit their graves. All was accomplished and much of the information is being added to this website.
More cousins are finding this site and some have contributed data and photos. For example, see the information on Henry DeMaeght. (Prudence DeMaeght married Bruno Van Hee.) Don't forget to click on "Media" and "Close Relatives" to see what's available.
ContentsThe Family Trees are based on software that can be purchased at most computer stores, such as 'Family Tree Maker'. It is a database of parent/child relationships, vital statistics, notes and other data. I use Family Tree Maker to record data, and to export a GEDCOM file. The GEDCOM file is used by phpGedView software to produce Family Tree web pages. The resulting web pages retain most of the information and relationships of the original family tree database, but in a form that can be navigated with a web browser (you don't need family tree software to view it). In addition to displaying the information from the GEDCOM files, phpGedView updates and enhances the information so software such as Family Tree Maker is no longer needed.
In addition to vital statistics and parent/child relationships, this site contains regular web pages, and multimedia computer files. I'm hoping characters in the stories and photos will seem more relevant to you than names on a list. I also expect these webpages to be indexed by search engines, such as Google, that will help more family members find us.