I am responding to Jurgens "post" because he started this thread of postings back in 2002.I will try to contact everyone else in this thread by e-mail and will hope for the best, Short of Nick and Hannah, I see that not much has happened on this thread since 2003 - so...
Again, hello everybody!My name is Peter Gilbert Steinhoff and I did my first family tree back in 6th grade in 1969, as a class assignment.I based it off my "baby book" - you know those books that are given as gifts to expactent mothers at baby showers but never do get fully filled out.Mine at leaste had almost all the greatgrandparents names.Except for the all important personal 'surname' greatgrandparents.And as so often seems to happen in Steinhoff genealogy, my parents divorced shortly after my brother was born - seems my half sister and dads next family was already underway before ma knew about!Nuff said about that!
No bother, for the next few decades I did research on my mom's family tree.Cut my genealogical teeth on French Quebec, and can now trace that side of the family back to the middle ages in France, and a few other places, with direct lines to, among others; the Legault dit DesLauriers, the Trottiers and the Heberts who were the first actual 'family' settlers to get off the boat in New France somewhere near-abouts present day Quebec, probably sometime almost fifty or a hundred years before the first Steinhoff's steped foot in what is now known as New Jersey.
The classic fact remains that my whole (maternal/paternal) family seems to have shown up on the North American continent in search of their beliefs long before all that 'Daughters of the American Revolution/Pilgrim' stuff, and what with all the aboriginal intermarrages (Niagra area and Red Lake for me - variations of the Algonquin related nations/tribes) "this land belongs to you and me".
However, back to the Steinhoff line.About a year or so ago I started delving into the web-sites of Germany, while using this thread a a guide.I know that one is SUPPOSED to start with oneself when doing genealogy, but that didnt seem to be much of an option for me.So, I went back as far as I could and worked my way forward.
Now, I know that there is much contension over that descendancy chart that Nick posted.May I say, I have been using it as a skeleton tree for the past several years, sometimes matching names, dates and places sometimes getting close hits (I record and cite all alternate info in my database), I wish I knew who the actual author was, because by using that chart in my German research, I've come up with some interesting stuff that I hope some of all you all might have the time to check into and mabey confirm.
A few weeks ago, on a german website, I was able to finally make the connection to my Wisconsin greatgrandfather as well as to that "John Steinhoff" in New Jersey and beyond. It took a few days of confirming facts - but by going through (among many others) the Norfolk Ontario 1881 census and the Burlington, WI Historical Society websites I finally broke down my brick wall.
I will, in the next month(because it will take that long for this 30wpm typist)or so, post this information on a new thread titled: "Possible/Probable Descendants of Melchior Steinhoff", this new thread is only to be taken as information.It is olny the results of my research,however; I invite any and all actual research input and ask that arguements be held to a minimum, there are no stupid questions - but lets not waste this forums space with them.Afterall, a simple GOOGLE search will answer so many questions that you thought you had to post somewhere, where they would hardly get answered.
Sorry to sound like a hard-a..., just hate how some of these forums seem to require scrolling through a hundred dead-end inquieries on the same thread to get to one simple fact.
Talk to you soon with the info I found for your purusal and anticipated reactions, which I am looking forward to.