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Wayne Hepburn, in 2006 at Sarasota, Florida, created this web site to provide our descendants and family branches a source of information about their family history. The selection of family branches is based on our former marriages and our own marriage from which there are no children.
We began by trying to establish our own great-grandparents and their descendants. That established the family lines.
For Wayne's paternal lines - Hepburn and Solares with branches and ancestries.
For Wayne's maternal lines - Chauvin and Richard with branches and ancestries
For Wayne's children's mother Sharron's lines - Wallace and Gleichman
For Kathy's paternal lines - O'Neill and McConnell with branches and ancestries
For Kathy's maternal lines - Fundaberg and Levitt with branches and ancestries
For Kathy's children's father Jack's lines - Chadwick and Griffith.
1) The Internet has made it possible to gather a lot information. Images of original pages from United States censuses up through 1930 are viewable on the web through subscribing web sites. Most of our work of this sort was carried out via Ancestry.com with additional data collected through ...
Ancestry.com - a fee for service site, last at http://www.ancestry.com
Genealogy.com - a fee for service site, last at http://www.genealogy.com
FamilySearch.org - a FREE service of the LDS Church, last at www.familysearch.org
Rootsweb - a FREE service, last at www.rootsweb.ancestry.com
Scotlands People - Scottish Genealogy Official Government site, fee for service, last at scotlandspeople.gov.uk.
Be careful using this site. You purchase credits and spend them to view each page of search results. The credits EXPIRE after the number of continuous hours you purchase. To get your unused credits restored you must purchase additional credits. The minimum is 30 credits for GBP 6 (six British pounds, roughly $10).
Google® - search engine serves up a surprising lot of information about historic persons, events, and places.
Yahoo - search engine serves up a surprising lot of information about historic persons, events, and places.
Wikipedia - the free encyclopedia of the Internet has amazing amounts of information about notable families, early history, geography, tribes and nations.
Free Forms - This site offers free forms and genealogy aids.
Cyndi's List - Comprehensive research site with links to hundreds of sources
2) Viewing original census pages shows what a remarkable feat it is that the contents have been typed into databases and indexed for online searching. In many cases the original pages were hastily or poorly written. One example is the first name of Wayne's maternal grandfather Hercules Charles Joseph Chauvin. The census taker wrote his name in such a fashion that the typist concluded it is spelled Hennler Chauvin. No telling how many records are not found because the index contains misspellings. Another frequent occurrence is the Americanization of immigrant first names; Ramon given as Raymond, Marguerite given as Margaret, Marie given as Mary. Spanish speakers would not say 'Mary', they would say 'Mah-ree'. And so it goes.
[ US Census page images displayed on our site have been truncated and most unrelated names deleted to reduce file size and loading time. Images have also been reduced to better fit page layouts. In many instances they are difficult to read and offered only as evidence that they exist. Interested viewers can locate the original full pages and view them. ]
3) The United States census records are 'locked' for a period of seventy-two (72) years, by law, for privacy reasons. We must wait until 2012 to access the 1940 census.
4) Some states and localities have posted vital statistics; some have not. Birth, Death, and Marriage indexes exist for many areas but not all. Certificates can be ordered from the states where filed, for a fee, if the date and names on the document are known.
5) Living family members have provided a lot of the contemporary information and some information about ancestors based on their memories.
6) Some data was posted by others and can not be verified from separate independent research. There are significant and obvious errors in data posted by others. For example, persons whose death date precedes the date of birth for children attributed to them. Or, in one instance, the tree says the child was born in 1522 and the father was born in 1700; a remarkable feat indeed to sire a child 200 years before your own birth.
7) The large amount of work done on the Fundaberg, Levitt, and Simmons lines was performed by Yvonne Simmons Sickles over a period of years spent searching state libraries and archives as well as personally visiting cemeteries to record and verify information. We are especially grateful to cousin Yvonne for granting permission to use her data,
8) Some other family members contributed substantially to the research and results shown on this site. Special thanks to Julie' Villien Miller for information and documents related to the Chauvin, Richard, and Villien family lines, and to Marcel J Leumas Jr for help with Solares & Leumas lines.
9) EXTERNAL LINKS and contacts are not reliable in the sense that they are highly ephemeral. Consequently, our site does not display them for active use but does reference them internally in documents. If you click on some sidebar text document you may find in it an Internet URL. These may or may not be valid with the passage of time.
ALL material on this web site is Copyright ©2006-2011 by Wayne Hepburn et al.
Use of content in any commercial or profit making venue is prohibited.
Contents may be copied, downloaded, or shared with family members (anyone in a lineage hereon) and researchers for nonprofit purposes.
Any person whose name appears in lineage charts on this site, at his/her option, may request their name be withheld. In place of such name we will insert the words "name withheld on request". It is not our intention to now, or ever, embarrass any person in any manner nor to misrepresent any fact concerning any person named on our site.
A small amount of the material on 'Our Family History' site is protected by copyrights owned by others. This would be screen shots primarily from Ancestry.com., to which we subscribe. They do not own the raw data about our family members nor the United States Censuses. They do own their methods and presentations, etc. As paid subscribers we are allowed to use the information within our family in a not for profit manner. In the event we are otherwise using any protected content, we clearly state we have no intention to infringe on anyone's rights nor do we advocate any other person should so do. If a small amount of copyrighted material has seeped into our site it surely is in the category of "fair use". We do not profit in any manner from the content displayed on the site. (The foregoing statements apply only to the 'Our Family History' portion of the Himandus.net portal site which otherwise contains a lot of copyrighted material in its other sections, such as 'Elephanteria' and 'The Jesus Gallery.)
Ancestry charts were generated as spreadsheets in Lotus.123 release 9. They are stored on the site in .123 format as well as Microsoft Excel .xls format. They are DISPLAYED as .gif images because it is infinitely easier to work with images than indented or ordered text lines. Wherever such spreadsheet images appear on this site there also appears a link for downloading the actual spreadsheet files. Eventually, all will be placed in GEDCOM compatible source files for use with FamilyTree Maker, Personal Ancestral File, and Legacy software for use by anyone who has the ability to import the .ged format.
In some latest version browsers you can click on 'FILE' in the top line menu and see an option to "Save This Page" or "Save This Site". Saving the entire site to your hard drive allows you to run it in your browser without connecting to the Internet. If you are a family member you may request a CD of the entire site and run it on your hard drive without connecting to the Internet.
Ahnentafel = from a German word meaning "ancestor table," an ahnentafel is an ancestor based numbering system.
blazon = description of armorial bearings as announced by a herald includes details of colors and devices
brother-german = (germ, germane) born of the same biological father & mother
brother-uterine = same mother, different fathers
CE = Common Era (term adopted for international use in place of Anno Domini)
CE- or BCE = before year 0 same as BC,
CE+ after year 0 same as AD.
dau-in-law = legal step-daughter
Old Style Calendar Dates = The Julian calendar was in general use in Europe from the times of the Roman Empire until 1582, when Pope Gregory XIII promulgated the Gregorian Calendar, which was soon adopted by most Catholic countries. The Protestant countries followed later, and the countries of Eastern Europe even later. Great Britain had Thursday 14 September 1752 follow Wednesday 2 September 1752.
relict = archaic term meaning widow
son-in-law = legal step-son in old wills and documents
sine prole = without children
Wife, Spouse, +: I have used the code W1, W2 etc for wives and H1, H2 etc for husbands. Many genealogical charts use the word 'spouse' while others use the plus (+) sign to indicate the partner who was parent to the offspring. The plus sign eliminates the question of marriage and only indicates the parentage.
At www.plumdigital.com/2_webcards/wc86/wc86_265.html I found this excellent bit of advice and information which I reprint here for you ..
"Please keep in mind:
Until the 17th Century, surnames were common only with aristocracy. Commoners later adopted the practice to appear more sophisticated. Titles, locations and physical descriptions gradually became used as surnames; John of Argyle (John de Argyle), John the Tailor, John who lived by the village Green, John the Tall man. With some cultures using the family names in front of the given name, as in most Asian countries. Below are the derivations of selected family names.
With so many people coming to this country to avoid persecution or begin a new life, many changed their names to something completely different.
Scribes often recorded a name as they understood it. Translation into "foreign" languages may be literal (Schwartz becomes Black), phonetic, approximate (Houch becomes Hawk), abbreviated, or distorted into a more acceptable form.
Members of the same family, and individuals, used different names or spellings at different times. Rev. John Clarke used or dropped the "e" several different times in one document.
Official or religious names were often quite different from the name the person went by every day; "Mary Elizabeth" might be known as Mae, Liz, Beth, Betty or even Sissy.
And of course the patronymics; Thomas' son John might be; John ap Thomas, John Thomasson, John fitz Thomas, etc. But Thomas' daughter would not be Jane Thomasson. She would have been Jane Thomasdottor or Thomasdatter (son, sen, or, and er spellings were specific to a culture)
Example from Broken Arrow: Gustafson is a variation of Gustavsson, a Swedish patronymic name that comes from an Old Norse given name Gustaf or Gustav, which is composed of the elements Gaut ( Geatas in Old English) + staf = staff. Gaut (or Geatus ) is the tribe of Scandinavians to which Beowulf belonged, and the term used by the English to reference that race. The son of the man named Gustaf was called Gustavsson, Gustafsson, Gustafson. The Norwegians and Danes generally used and single -s and an -en rather than the -sson of the Swedes, ie. Gustafsen ... the Norman-French used the prefix "Fitz" to mean child of... Many other cultures had their own prefixes to indicate of the father('s name), including the Scots ('Mac'Donald), Irish ('O'Brien), Dutch ('Van'Buren), the French ('de'Gaulle), Germans ('Von'berger) Spanish/Italian ('Di'Tello) and the Arab-speaking nations ('ibn'-Saud).
From: Surnames: What's in a Name? * Name Origins & Meanings * Broken Arrow Publishing
This list is  drawn from numerous sources, [2} applies to histories primarily of Europe with emphasis on British practice,  is in alphabetical rather than peerage ranking order,  is not intended to be authoritative, definitive, or complete, and  is offered only as a guide to the state of affairs in which an ancestor may have lived.
Baron / Baroness = Sovereign of a Barony; holding lands from King.
Chief = Sovereign of a Clan, Tribe or Sept.
Count / Countess = Sovereign of a County.
Duke / Duchess = Sovereign of a Duchy.
Earl = Sovereign of an Earldom or County.
Emperor / Empress = Sovereign of an Empire.
King / Queen = Sovereign of a Kingdom or Empire.
Lord / Lady = Person with power or authority; form of address for Nobles.
Marquess or Marquis / Marchioness or Marquies = Holder of a Marquessate.
Prince / Princess = Sovereign of a Principality or child of a Monarch.
Prince Consort = Husband of a Queen.
Sir / Dame = Title of honor bestowed by sovereign.
Viscount / Viscountess = Minor Sovereign of a County.
Undoubtedly there are various errors in this project, not to mention lots of missing information. You can help correct this problem by reporting our errors and omissions so we can update the site. We thank you in advance for your help. Send to:
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Last updated 2010 09 05