The main purpose of this "Welcome" page is to encourage all family members to get involved, contribute, and stay in touch. In order for this web page to be interesting, it is important for as many family members as possible to visit often, and tell others about it. I'll also try to give you some tips on how the web site is organized, and how to make the best use of the resources available here.
A Tour of the Herman Family Web Page
The page you see when you first visit the Herman Family Web Page is called the "Home" page. It is like the main switchboard for the entire web site, and contains links to other sections. This would be a good page to bookmark if you plan to visit on a regular basis. From the Home page, several other pages can be accessed;
What's New - This page tells you many of the changes and additions that have been made to the Herman Family Web Page. The date for each change is noted so you can see what type of new information has been added since the last time you visited. This would also be a good page to bookmark for regular visits so you can tell at a glance if further browsing is necessary.
Name Index - The Name Index page is a listing of all members of our Herman family - all that we know about, that is. The Name Index, along with the Ancestry Chart, has been compiled from recollections of family members, and from extensive genealogical research. This research is ongoing, and you are invited to join in the effort to make our family ancestral records as complete as possible. Links to the Ancestry Table, and where available, to biography pages are also provided on this page. If an Email address is available, you can send an Email to the family member by clicking the mailbox symbol.
Surname List - This page is designed to be an aid to visitors to the Herman Family Web Page who are doing genealogical research, and want to find out if their ancestry is linked with our family. Every surname in our family (that we know of) is shown on this page - clicking on a name takes you to the correct spot in the Name Index for that surname.
Ancestry Chart - This page shows the entire family ancestry, beginning with our common ancestor Johann Herman, who lived in Germany. As new data is collected, this table is continually supplemented and revised. It is truly a work in progress, as is most of this web site. There are several important things to note about the Ancestry Table. First of all, we define our Herman family as those people who are direct descendents of Johann Herman, along with their spouses. Hopefully, some day we will learn more about Johann, his wife and parents - and then the Ancestry can be expanded to include all of their descendents. Secondly, the Ancestry Table includes only the Herman lineage - ancestral information about spouses is not shown. Of course this does not mean that your last name has to be Herman to be included in the family tree. Whenever a daughter is born to a family, and she has children, the surname changes to that of her husband. All of these maternal descendents are a part of the Herman bloodline, and are included in the Ancestry Table.
Biography Pages - Where information is available, a biographical sketch, pictures, or other information is included for family members. For privacy reasons, only deceased persons are eligible to have a biography page. These pages lend a personal touch to our ancestry - allowing us to connect with the real person who was our ancestor. The Biography pages are accessible by clicking on names in the Ancestry Table where the name indicates that it has a link (underlined).
Making the best use of the Herman Family Web Page
Everyone will have a different reason for visiting the Herman Family Web Page. Therefore, there are a number of ways to find the information you want quickly. If, as is hoped, you plan to be a regular visitor, probably the best thing to do is to bookmark the What's New page. Using this as your entry point will tell you instantly if anything has changed since your last visit. However, if you tell someone else about the website, please give them the URL of the Home page as a starting point;http://HermanAncestry.com
If you would like to contact another family member, go to the Name Index page. Once you find the name you are looking for, simply click on the mailbox symbol to send an E-mail.
If you are doing genealogical research, you might want to try the Surnames page first. If you find a match, look in the Name Index, and then in the Ancestry table. When you discover a link into our family tree, or if you see data that is incomplete or inaccurate, please notify me so that changes can be made.
How can you help?
I am hoping that everyone who is reading this page is asking this question. Nevertheless, I am going to give you some tips and suggestions anyway.
By far, the most important thing you can do to help with the success of this venture is to visit the Herman Family Web Page often. Bookmark the What's New page and look at it every time you get on the internet - only takes a second, and if nothing is new, you'll be on your way in seconds. Note that there is no obligation involved here, no request for money, no spam E-mail - just an honest desire that you keep in touch with the rest of the family.
The second-most important thing you can do (time permitting) is scrutinize the data on these web pages to see if you notice any errors or omissions. No change or addition is too small. If you see that someone's birth date is incorrect or missing, let me know. If you notice a person missing from the Ancestry Chart, let me know. Or if you know the E-mail address of a family member, and it is not included here, let me know. Send any changes or additions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Another thing you can do is consider writing down some biographical information about a family member so that a Biography page can be created for them. This is a great way to memorialize your parents, brothers, sisters, or children. I did this for my dad because I want everyone to know how proud I am of the way he lived his life (see Ralph Harvey Herman. I'd like to see something here about your loved ones too, but unfortunately, I don't don't know as much about them as you do! Don't feel like you can write a biography? Not to worry - just send me the facts and I'll compose the biography page for you. Send a picture if you have one. Note: Biography pages will not be published for living persons.
And finally, remember this ... the Herman Family Web Page is for all of our extended Herman family. Our ancestors from several generations past all lived in either Indianapolis, Indiana, or Sheboygan County, Wisconsin. Now we are spread all over the United States, and possibly the world. Regardless, the internet gives us the ability to stay in touch with each other in a way which was unheard of in years past. Take advantage of this opportunity to get reconnected.
Best wishes ... Hope to hear from all of you soon!