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Sandra Gill

The purpose of this site is to provide both genealogical-related resources (links) and posting of ongoing work of the Family Trees of Bach, Bailly, Crigler, Gill, Mebille and Weiner. Since I am located in the Denver-area of Colorado, USA, some of my links are specific to local libraries. This site is not meant to replace other genealogy sites that specialize with a compendium of links to national and worldwide resources (such as Cyndi's List). These links are mainly the resources use to further my research. The family webpages [under construction] are for both general interest and to perhaps hook up with other family members.

I started working on my family's genealogy in the summer of 2008 as a surprise Christmas present for my parents. Boy, were they surprised with the 100-page story, over 500 citations and two 3" binders of original documentation. I have an undergraduate degree in History and graduate degree in Secondary Education-Social Studies and found genealogy dovetailed with my love of history. I jokingly define genealogy as the history of non-famous, working class people who reproduced.

My father's paternal side (Gill) of the tree starts in the Rheinland-Pfalz area of Europe (occupied by France at the time) with emigration to the Pennsylvania area around 1831. My father's maternal side (Crigler) of the tree starts in Silesia (area between current Germany and Poland) and unwittingly emigrated to the Virginia Colony around 1717.

Both my mother's maternal (Bailly and Bach) side came from Alsace and Meurthe-et-Moselle in eastern France with influence from Haute-Marne. Her paternal (Charlier and Mebille) side is also from Alsace and Moselle. She emigrated with her family in 1947 after surviving the horrors of World War II. I have created an Interactive Map of the locations of my Mother's ancestors in Google Maps.

I wish to thank my good friend and Certified Genealogist, Carol Cooke Darrow, for introducing me to this wonderfully educational hobby. She is currently serving as President of the Colorado Genealogical Society (CGS). If you are ever in need of a great genealogist, please contact her through her website, www.unravelingyourpast.net. Her class schedule and presentation topics are also available on her website as well as her book.

It goes without saying that if I had not had help from Monsieur Romain Demaris, I would have never made progress on the French side of my tree. Romain, a native of France who has been working on his families genealogy since he was 18 years-old, has navigated the challenging waters of French genealogical websites on my behalf since I neither read nor write French. I can never thank him enough for all of his kind (and ongoing!) assistance.

Genealogical Related Links

General Genealogy

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Specific Location Resources

California

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Colorado

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France

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Illinois

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Indiana

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Kansas

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Kentucky

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Michigan

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Mississippi

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Missouri

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The Netherlands

  • WatWasWaar (Interactive Historical Maps of the Netherlands - English upper right corner)
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New Mexico

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New York

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North Carolina

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Pennsylvania

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Texas

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Virginia

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Germanna (Virginia Colony)

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Just for Fun

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Family Surnames

  • I have purchased The Next Generation of Genealogy Software [TNG] that will create a web site of all my family lines. The site is dependent upon a really good GEDCOM file to provide accurate data. I am working diligently to create a great GEDCOM for upload into the site. Hopefully, things will be up and running by Winter 2013.
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