Our Ancestors and their Families
This site provides access to one very large family tree, which comprises the Mertz Genealogy Database. It includes as many people as I have been able to identify that are either my ancestors or my wife’s ancestors. In many cases, siblings of our ancestors and selected descendants of theirs are covered if I found knowing about them important to documenting the story of our ancestors. Finally, it includes some ancestors of my wife's sister's husband and their son-in-law.
You can access this database using the button below -- but before you jump in, there is one important thing you should understand -- lest you miss the most important part.
There are three unique views within the Mertz Genealogy Database:
- FAMILY CARD. This is the initial view that comes up. It typically identifies two PRIMARY PERSONS -- a husband and wife. Their children are listed below them and their parents above. If you click on the name of a child or parent on a FAMILY CARD, you will open the FAMILY CARD for that new PRIMARY PERSON and you can navigate the tree that way.
- FAMILY TREE. Beside the name of each PRIMARY PERSON (husband and wife) on a FAMILY CARD, there is a little tree icon ( ). Click on that and a 5-generation tree for that person will open.
- PERSON SHEET. The person sheet includes my narrative stating factually what I know about someone and how I know it. There are links there to whatever sources I may cite. You get to a PERSON SHEET for a person by clicking on his/her name in a PRIMARY PERSON position on a FAMILY CARD. Once you are at the PERSON SHEET level in the database, clicking any other highlighted name will bring up the PERSON SHEET for that person.
THE KEY: If you are really interested in a particular person, you need to get to his/her PERSON SHEET.
[Mertz Genealogy Database last updated 19 February 2017]
Oakey’s great-great grandparents: George Peter Mertz, Amelia Amanda Hummel, John Ulp Hopewell, Sarah Catherine Young, William H Diehl, Rachel E Kleckner, Henry B Yerger, Catherine Kramer, Patrick Kean Curry, Elizabeth Koller, Josiah Sparks Pearce, Elizabeth Ann Wright, Nelson Hoshall, Joanna Hampshire, Christopher Slade, Maria Elizabeth Carlin.
Mary's great-grandparents: Theophilus Rivers Lawther, Mary G Harrison, Robert McDougall, Isabella Alexander, George W Herring, Mary Eliza Carroll, Robert Calvin Johnson, Margaret Elizabeth Lee, Isaac Newell, Elizabeth Gill, (parents of) Jane Somers, (parents of) John Moores, (parents of) Johanna Evelie.