Sanderson Pierce Family Case Study
“We have a very colorful ancestry. My Mother used to tell stories her Dad told her as a child. My Mother has passed away, but I am verifying her childhood stories. People would make fun of her…say she just made these tales up. The family was very wealthy at one time. But, my Grandfather, my Mother’s Father, John Eli Pierce, Jr. was cheated out of his inheritance by a very unfortunate lifestyle choice in his youth, which was set up and encouraged by a crooked guardian. The young Pierce family with their six children were left destitute. My Grandfather was the best dressed ditchdigger in Milwaukee.” -Nancy
Similar in nature to the Jindra Family Case Study, Nancy contacted me to help her put together her family history and also to verify her family stories. At the time I did not realize how many stories there were to be found and researched. We put together her website for all the future generations of the Sanderson, Pierce, O’Driscoll and related families. The purpose was to preserve the stories so that future generations can share in remembering the family history.
The families began their journey in Europe (England, Scotland, Ireland), emigrated to Massachusetts and NY, then some to Indiana, some to Wisconsin, some to Ohio, then eventually on to California. Thier history is still unraveling. Each new finding opens another chapter of stories to be remembered, researched and documented. The website is helping by taking the memories out of the shoeboxes and organizing them in a format that can be preserved.
I again used Wordpress software, a premade template and incorporated a photo gallery plugin. Nancy doesn't update the site herself, but instead sends me materials from time to time to add to the site. Users visit the site and add comments and enhance the stories and memories.
If you would like more information about putting your family tree online in Wordpress format, adding the The Next Generation of Genealogy Software (TNG) Wordpress plugin, or if you need help with your existing wordpress family tree, please contact me.