by Wesley Johnston
This web site provides a downloadable GEDCOM version of the "Families in Lindhorst" records compiled by Kurt Hitzeman. [Kurt and I are 9th cousins, descended from our 8th Great Grandparents, Johann Hasemann (~1638) and Catherine Elisabeth Tielking (1634) who are in the Probsthagen family database.]
The database creation began with Kurt's 2008 version of "Families in Lindhorst", which does not exist on the internet. An earlier -- and now obsolete -- 2004 version of it can be seen on Karen Rowe's Karen's Gen web site at http://www.karensgen.com/buch/churches/lindhorst.php. Kurt has done extensive additional work since the version on Karen's web site, with signficiant changes.
My on-going process of using Kurt's list in creating the database includes a very detailed proof-reading of Kurt's list. As I have discovered problems, Kurt has made further changes to his list as he has checked these conflicts in the original records. The process has also led to some changes in my Families in Probsthagen database, since Lindhorst and Probsthagen are adjoining parishes and have a fair amount of overlap. In fact, when I have completed the Lindhorst database, my plan is to merge the Probsthagen and Lindhorst databases into a combined database, so that the family connections are explicit and clear.
I began the process of converting Kurt's list into a lineage-linked family database (using Legacy Family Tree software) in 2008, after I completed the Probsthagen family database. The Lindhorst database is very much an incomplete work in progress. The version posted right now is only a fraction of what is in Kurt's list. (See below for the current status of the progress on the creation of the database.) So there is a great deal more work for me to do. This project will take many years.
This web page is an interim web page. I am looking for the right place for it to be included in an on-going web site. I had hoped that Karen Rowe would include it in her astounding Karen's Gen website, but she has told me that she too is looking for someone to inherit her web site since she is no longer able to maintain it. So my search continues.
I have tried to be as faithful as possible to Kurt Hitzeman’s list. I began the work with the 2008 list, creating the database from scratch.
An important difference between the database and the list is that the list includes family numbers with spaces in them (e.g. "Blk 20"). In the database, I have converted those into full 6-digit numbers (thus the list's "Blk 20" appears in the database as "Blk020").
There are two types of entries in Kurt's list that did not have family numbers, so that I have fabricated family numbers that are not in Kurt's list.
My goal is to do one family each day. That is, I want to input one family from Kurt's list into the database every day. I began with all the Hitzeman families and then started working through the families in the alphabetical order that they appear on Kurt's list. Since most families are also connected to other families, doing one family actually involves a lot more than simply entering the lines for that family into the database. It also means tieing the family into its connected families and assuring that I do not enter a person into the database as two separate records. This process extends beyond Kurt's Lindhorst list, since I am also checking to see if there is a connection to one of the families in the Probsthagen list. Thus one family can be quite a lot of work, which is why I am being realistic and just aiming to do one family per day, even though that means it will take perhaps 4,000 to 8,000 days to complete the database. (I do not know how many families there are. See below for the most recent estimate of progress.)
What Kurt has done is a phenomenal effort, as anyone who has ever worked with hand-written German records in the altschrift (old script) will know. The work I am doing is a massive effort of thousands of hours. But I am sure that the size of my effort it is dwarfed by the magnitude of the work that Kurt did. We all owe him an enormous debt of gratitude for undertaking such a massive but significant project. It is now one of the true wonders of the world of historical research.
My creation of the database involves the database and two additional files.
The -- still incomplete -- database is in a GEDCOM file. You must first download the GEDCOM file to your computer and then use your genealogical software to import the file. If you do not have genealogical software, the Standard Version of the Legacy Family Tree product is an excellent tool, which is freely downloadable at http://www.legacyfamilytree.com.
A very important part of the database is the family number that Kurt assigned or which I have fabricated where Kurt had no assigned numbers. The family number (which is NOT the same as the MRIN) is entered in the "User ID" field of the family/marriage record (which has a unique MRIN assigned by the database software). The complete information on the family is entered as a Note in the marriage record. If you use software that does not support user ID on marriage records, then you will not be able to see Kurt's assigned family numbers in your software.
Some import problems have been reported, and so far all of these have been due to control options that can be set on your genealogical software. Here are the problems reported so far:
There are two auxiliary files to help with use of the database.
Until I have finished the database, I will not have an "Index of MRINs and family IDs" as I do have for the Probsthagen database.
Now that you have read all of the above and know what this is all about, here are the links to the GEDCOM file and the auxiliary files:
There are some excellent web sites on the family history of the area around Lindhorst.
Click here for information about contacting me.