I am pleased to announce the launch of the Jonas Fortineux website at myfamily.com. Jonas Fortineux (d. 1702/09 Otterberg, Germany) and Sara Menton (d. 1715 Otterberg, Germany) were the founders of the families in North American today that spell their surname as Fortney, Furtney, Fortna, Fordney and Fertney.
On the Jonas Fortineux site, you will find results of the Fortineux Surname DNA Study, photos of ancestors/relatives, family history, family news such as about reunions, and family trees. The site also has a great calendar function and polling capability.
John E. Fortna (1913-1986) was the first President of the Fortineux organization. He was the driving force that brought together researchers of the variant surnames, organized the first International Fortineux Family Reunion in Denver, CO in 1984 and envisioned the creation of what became The Fortineux-Fortinet Family in America (Marceline, MO: Walsworth Publishing, Inc., 1989), sometimes known as the "big blue book." He was also my friend and left me a significant portion of his genealogy collection. Beginning in 1962, John accumulated photographs of descendants of Jonas Fortineux for use in a future Fortna book. Due to space/cost limitations resulting from a change in scope to include versions of the surnam beyond the Fortna family, many of these photographs were not used in The Fortineux-Fortinet Family in America.
I am now scanning and posting John E. Fortna's collection of photographs to the Jonas Fortineux site, which is by invitation-only. The site is free to users, but the invitation aspect is to keep the site focused. To request an invitation to the site, which is focused on family history research and reunion information about the Jonas Fortineux family, please email me at email@example.com.