"Where do I start?"

As my wife and others have pointed out to me, there's a lot of information here, so it's easy to get lost or overwhelmed. The fastest way to start exploring is to click on the "Surnames" tab above and browse to a known individual (you, a parent, or grandparent). From each individual's page you can click on other names listed there for linked siblings, spouses, parents, or children. At the bottom of each page is a simplified family tree for up to five generations, going back from the subject person on that page, in case you get lost in the text.

Privacy settings are active for anyone still living or deceased within the last twenty years, and will show only full names (no dates, details, notes, or photos). If you're at a loss for where to start, or looking for some interesting reading, I suggest some of the major (or more interesting) ancestors:

Of punctuated family names...

The family name in the title - Hyphen - started as an in-joke amongst me, my wife, and our parents. When we married, the question was posed as to what name she would take. For a number of reasons, the main choice involved a hyphenated last name, and the length and breadth of that construction was such that she was once or twice jokingly referred to as "Mrs. Hyphen." It became customary to refer to the group of our mixed family collectively as the humorously-named Hyphen family.

This entire work is still in progress, with active research on multiple family lines still ongoing. More information is being found, some notes and dates are being corrected, photos are being scanned and added, and time elapses, dropping the privacy filters on those deceased more than twenty years. Check back now and then to see what's new.

Contact and information requests

For more information, including GEDCOM files, contact Scott Thomas, scott@plainofsharon.org .