My brother, Elmer Benjamin Peck was researching the Meier/Meyer family with just paper and pencil. When he passed away in 1981, his paper notes were passed on to me. That got me interested since I had retired in 1979. I began with just relatives on my mothers side of the family. Her grandfather, Herman Meier was married to Louisa Niemann, dau of Casper and Eliza Hanrath Niemann. Herman and his brothers, Henry Caspar, John Frederick, Karl Heinrich and George Heinrich Meier came to Cass County Illinois between 1840 - 1870. They had lots of children, grandchildren, etc. It appeared as if the entire county was related by either blood or marriage. I finally decided to do the entire county of Cass and now have a database of over 126,000 individuals.
Am always glad to add new and corrective information. My ancestors were: MEIER, NIEMANN, ROCHE, MUHLERT, WINHOLD, WEBER, PECK, HUFFMAN, EASTON, MILLER..
My nephew, Greg Croxton - whose Grandmother Croxton and his mother were both Peck's, is very active in the Schuyler Jail Museum and Genealogical Center. He provides me with CD-ROM's of all obituaries in the Schuyler Newspapers. He also has hundreds of pictures of tombstones in the Schuyler Area (as I have from the Cass County cemeteries).
Note: I have started to enter data into 'OneWorldTree' A lot of Cass County people have entered erroneous data i.e. they enter Jan 1 2000 as a death date for all the individuals they have listed. I am correcting these with data from my 'Cass County data base'. They can accept the new data or leave their old data online, as they wish. Email me if any questions.
I am slowly adding the 1900 census data for Cass County into my Cass County database. Have completed Arenzville and Ashland. Bluff Springs is next. Beardstown is taking forever. I signed up for access to OneWorldTree and now each entry I make from the 1900 Beardstown Census I want to check OneWorldTree for updated information. Am also adding information from over 4,000 1917-1918 WW I Draft Registration cards for Cass County, IL.
My Family Tree Maker database has maxed out - it is limited by size and my file got too huge. Am now splitting into two files - which is very time consuming. Have reduced my main file to 196,097 KB and 129,119 individuals.
Robert 'Meier' Peck, LCDR MSC USN, Retired
Robert Meier Peck