About Me


In this blog I offer some thoughts about genealogical research. These are things I’ve discovered during my family history investigations. I hope you will comment on my ideas and add your own words of wisdom too.

By way of background, I have over thirty years experience as a software engineer.  I enjoy genealogy as a hobby, which I started in earnest in 1994.  I’ve always liked family history.  Now whenever I uncover some fascinating fact about an ancestor, I also take time to read about that era in history. Whether it be the Napoleonic Wars, the Erie Canal, Steamships, the Port of Hamburg, or hurricane tracks, there’s always something new to learn.

By 2000 I published my family tree on the Internet. Unfortunately there were no software tools then that did precisely what I wanted. So I created GED-GEN, a Windows program to automatically generate a genealogy website. It converts a GEDCOM data file to a series of web pages in family group sheet format. Since 2002, people from all over the world have used GED-GEN for their websites.

Today I continue to research my family history, with the help of distant cousins. I am also actively creating digital images of my collection of genealogical evidence.

  4 Responses to “About Me”

  1. Hi Mike, through a series of queries, I ended up discovering your note about the Mauer Family Chronicle by Franz Xaver, and I am very curious about the contents—specifically the Minwegen family details. My mother is a Minwegen, and I have been a bit stuck when in comes to the pre-America details. Do you have a copy of the Family Chronicle that you can send my way? I would love to learn of your findings. Thanks! ~ Danny A.

  2. Dear Mike!

    I just discovered your site a few minutes ago. I see your ancestors was Albert POHL and Maria PITTNER (in Szabolcs, Hungary). They are in my family tree. Maria was my great-great-grandmother’s little sister. So I think we are related, but I’m afraid, you have the wrong parents for Maria. If you email me, I’m happy to share my discoveries with you.

    Best regards,
    Zsuzsi from Hungary

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