When working on a family tree*, you have to choose a starting point. It is common practice to start from a known ancestor and then work your way into the present.

Unfortunately, in my case, this was not easily possible, because I did not know so much. So I went the other way and started in the present. So I was looking for a starting point in today’s generations.

In my case, it was me (Uwe Schindler) and my partner Volker Schmidt.

Therefore, 4 core families have formed during the creation of the family tree.

THE CORE FAMILIES OF THE FAMILY TREE

These are:

– the Schindler family and their descendants. Starting from me all the ancestors of my paternal lineage.

– the Hoffmann family and their descendants. Starting from me all ancestors of my maternal line

and

– the Schmidt family and their descendants. Starting from Volker all ancestors of the paternal line

– the Thomma family and their descendants. Starting from Volker all ancestors of the maternal line

Thus, an interesting geographical distribution arises, since the Schindler and Hoffmann families are more likely to be associated with the North German region and the Schmidt and Thomma families are more likely to be associated with southern German.

These four core families will play a role again and again in the family tree.

* Note: In the genealogical sense, the name Family Tree is not correct for my type of display, because a family tree does not contain female descendants. My presentation is more of an ancestor/descendant’s table. However, I have retained the generally understandable term family tree. (Thanks to Mario Seifert, Postdam)

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