Early in April 2017, the shelves of this library were bare. Lorraine Frantz Edwards was diligently attempting to create a website. Read the blog message Sorting it out as she told about her approach to this new project. In March, she was documenting the early approach and labeled one message Crazy Maker.
On Saturday, April 8, 2017, Lorraine was searching for the route required to add scanned information into this website. She was totally “in the dark” and thought a flashlight was an amusing image regarding her search.
Fortunately, by Wednesday, April 12, 2017, Lorraine had discovered the appropriate tools and had embarked on this adventure. Hopefully the reader will discover jewels as s/he opens this treasure chest of information.
If you are reading this in early to mid-2017, you are encouraged to return from time to time. It may require a year to scan the material stored in thirty boxes.
Check my blog message on April 14, 2017 for comments about the process.
Breaking news: Monday, April 24, 2017, 8:00 PM. “Search engines” have found this website!! Lorraine regularly “tests” Google… and was thrilled when Immigrant Michael Frantz and Immigrant Christian Frantz rated high on a “digitized library” search.
Screaming headlines wonderful breaking news: Friday, May 26, 2017. An enormous amount of information has successfully been added to “the library” in the last month. The surnames, and locations, were (are) unwielding under the subheading titled “Indexed Individuals & locations.” There was a nagging question in the mind of your librarian: “There ought to be a way to create an Index alongside the documentation.” Today (after hours of frustration with the unsatisfactory index), the feature was discovered. Humorously, it’s a “widget.” Now it is much easier for the visitor to peruse the “sidebar” for desired information?!
This project has become a remarkable adventure for “the librarian.” Building the website “from scratch” was a challenge for an eighty-two year old lady!!
Many boxes of data await time and attention!!
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Memorial Day Monday, May 29, 2017 and another “Hallelujah.” If a “widget” could create an Index alongside the documentation, could a “search” feature be added?? Yes, yes, yes!! “Search” does not take you to the exact person but takes you to locations where that name is listed. Secondly, if a “widget” could create “search,” could a “card file” be created?? Yes, yes, yes!! This is, indeed, a “memorial day.” The value of this library increased immeasurably!!
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Immigrant Baltzar Frantz
Please check the separate heading (above) for details about the descendants of Immigrant Baltzar Frantz.
Immigrant Christian Frantz
Please check the separate heading (above) for details about the descendants of Immigrant Christian Frantz.
Immigrant Michael Frantz
The Michael Frantz Chest published in Mennonite Family History, July 1992
Suggestion: See the pictures of a similar chest owned by Frederick Garst (1752-1842). Check the link to Garst Family Information.
Very valuable information provided by Dwayne Wrightsman: The Unabridged Story about Marie Statthalter. This relates to the Garst family documented in Frantz Families–Kith & Kin. (Our Garst Family in America: Revised is another resource but Lorraine searched the book [cover to cover] and was unimpressed.) FYI: Lorraine is very impressed with everything Dwayne Wrightsman has researched and published!
Valuable correspondence to and from Lorraine Frantz Edwards
Dore M. Frantz Correspondence
Dore M. Frantz letter to Elvin Frantz — dated March 1947
Dore M. Frantz letter to Mr. LaVern Houtz — dated 1941
Frantz Family in Wabash County — Newspaper article, date unknown
Early Frantz Marriages in Virginia — prepared by Dore M. Frantz
Hazel Frantz Turner Correspondence
HFT: b. 27 Dec 1925, d. 6 Mar 2001
Letter from Hazel Frantz Turner — no date, probably 1990s — For a massive amount of valuable information via correspondence with Hazel, you are directed to click on “Bonanza” (above in the header).
Lowell Beachler correspondence
Correspondence with Lowell Beachler — dated 1987
Thomas J. Beardsley correspondence
You have a question? “Why is Dore M. Frantz, Lowell H. Beacher, and Thomas J. Beardsley on the ‘Home’ page and not with correspondence?” Answer: They provided vitally important resources for Frantz family information and (imho) deserve a prominent position in this library.