History of organization
The "ollenburger" came first -- the several Ollenburger (and its variations) descendents who found each other through the power of the Internet in the spring of 1997 and became friends as well as cousins. Each had been independently involved in family research, the total time investment adding up to more than two decades. This group then formed a voluntary association to share research results with each other and with other Ollenburger descendents, and to encourage each other in the family projects each has undertaken. This is how the ".org" was formed.
In 1998 another Ollenburger descendent suggested creating an Ollenburger research and information resource -- on-line. So we also have www.ollenburger.org, the website!
We are informal in character, but serious in purpose. We value the ties of
blood, and stand in awe of the ancestors that preceeded us and their stories
of courage and faith. If you would like to let us know that you are an
Ollenburger descendent, or that you are interested in participating in the
research of the Ollenburger family, or supporting its efforts through
ollenburger.org, we invite you to e-mail us at
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Inquiring about Specific Family
Lines and Ancestors
You can be sure everyone affilliated with ollenburger.org welcomes all inquiries from those intent on furthering Ollenburger research and knowledge.
- The first place to start is with the Patriarchs, especially if you already know something about your ancestor.
- If you don't see any connections, you can write to someone who specializes in your area of the country.
- Ollenburgers in the western northern United
- Ollenburgers and Ollenbergers in Canada, write
- Many Ollenburgers in California, Kansas and Oklahoma descend from the same ancestors as:
- Some Ollenburgers in Kansas descend
from the same ancestors as:
- For all other areas, contact:
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About this site
It was Mark's idea in the first place. He was convinced that the internet would become a significant factor in finding lost individuals, and that an Ollenburger website would be perfect for bringing us all together and making available the body of research already available.
When he first proposed this in mid-1997, it seemed so far from reality. At that point, the Web's integration into our lives had not yet exploded, but that was right around the corner, as well as the tremendous swelling of interest in family ties.
By the time the Steering Committee met in the flesh for the first time
in the summer of 1998, the requisite skills, equipment and software had come
together to make a website possible. Two months later we went live and have
had our Ollenburger presence out there ever since.
Since that time at least three new Ollenburger families in the New World
have been identified as a result of individuals finding the site.
Mark Ollenburger is the brains behind the scene, Mr. Server-Man. Write
The site is developed and produced by Lynda Ollenburger Sangster, the
"Webfrau". Write Lynda at:
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