Here, gathered in our beloved South Dakota, are a few members of our Williamson / Mattson Clan. Charles and Luella are to be blamed (be kind, they didn't know what they were doing). We're generally a happy bunch and somewhat intelligent (notwithstanding our tenuous grasp on reality). I'm also proud to say that most of us still have our teeth.
Monday, February 21, 2011
From the Fortress of Solitude
You may be wondering why its been nearly one week since my last post. If you haven't been wondering then I ask, why? Why aren't you rushing home every day, breaking speed limits along the way, bypassing the welcoming embrace and kiss of a loved one, in a hurry to get to your computer and discover what new ancestor I've unearthed to study? If you haven't, then shame on you. Might I also add a suggestion that you reprioritize your priorities and put long dead ancestors first, at the expense of work, home and family :)
To quash rumors spread through family circles, let me say that I've not fallen off the face of the Earth, or spirited away by Somali Pirates or gray extraterrestrials. The Space Center had a few staffing problems last week caused by a staff that refused to take my suggestion and get a yearly flu shot. When I don't have subs I need to muck in with the troops to get the job done.
What time I had for family history was spent doing something I've know I had to do ever since I started this project. I had to take all these ancestral names and family lines I've discovered and get them into a proper family tree for all of you to study and enjoy.
Well, after hours of work, I've got a family tree that is accessible to everyone. The Williamson line is nearly entered (although I don't have all the dates etc yet). The Mattson line is waiting and will get done this week.
To access our family tree please click on the following link, then bookmark the page for future reference. AN AMERICAN DYNASTY FAMILY TREE.
There are a few things you should know about this site.
Family trees are very large and take up hideous amounts of room. So, family lines are cut off. To access cut lines look for the following:
You know the family line continues if you see a vertical line exiting the name boxes. Click on the person's name and the line will continue on the screen.
If you click on a person's name, information on that person will appear in the left side bar.
These family lines are the result of over one year's research. There is always the chance the information I have might be incorrect. If you see an error please tell me so I can get it corrected.
Remember, these lines may change as additional information is discovered.
You'll also notice a question mark in front of some names ? A question mark means that this line represents my best guess based on all evidence available. I will not add a branch to our tree is I'm not at least 90% - 100% sure it is correct. If I'm between 70%-89% sure then I'll add a question mark before the name. The question mark will stay there until I'm sure, or almost sure it is correct based on the evidence I find.
Please let me know any dates I can add in people's biography.