Thank you for visiting my web site. I appreciate your taking
the time to add to our knowledge base of the Rosenkrans family.
You can contact me on the form below, which will be automatically sent to my e-mail
I am no longer planning to update Allen's book by incorporating information
sent to me by visitors to my site. Instead, I recommend that you post your
information and/or queries on
That site will undoubtedly be around longer than I will. I recently turned 70,
and my energy level is not what it used to be. Harmon's descendents now number
in the thousands, and I have no estimate of how many family lines besides
Harmon's exist, much less how many descendents they have contributed to the
Not only are there a huge number of entries to deal with, but there has not
been a heavy response in comparison with the number of entries that would be
needed to bring Allen's book up to date. So I question whether there is enough
interest in this project anyway. The data to do this task has simply not been
I am still interested in hearing from you, especially (but not limited to)
the following areas:
- Suggestions for improvement. What would improve this site and
make it more useful to you?
- Errors in Allen's book. This includes spelling of names as well
as factual misinformation. Be sure to be able to justify your corrections
with good references. I tried to keep Allen's prose intact, even though by
today's standards his sentences are too long. There were a few spelling
errors that I did correct. I did insert punctuation when I thought that it would improve the
readability. I broke the book into chapters. I also brought the formatting
up to date.
- Extensions of the book. Look at the guidelines below. If you have
additional information not included in Allen's book that falls within these
guidelines below, it could be included. Examples are: missing or corrected
dates, additional children, etc. Again, you must include references to the
source(s) of your information.
- Continuation of Allen's book after 1900. OK, I lied. I will
include updates that bring the various lines up to the present
- you do the write-up in final form following the guidelines
- you provide complete references to everything in your
- you post the graphics elsewhere and provide a URL to those
graphics. Text does not take up a lot of space but graphics do, and
- again, good references are necessary.
I have to tell you that no one has done this yet. I have incorporated my
own line, which begins with my grandfather and ends with my granddaughter.
You can use this as an example of what you need to do. This can be seen on
the site, but not included in the download version. My grandfather is number
832 in Allen's book; follow the links from there..
- Mirror site. If you are interested in providing space on your
site to host an exact copy of this site, please let me know.
Although Allen's book is not copyrighted, this site is. We can discuss this
- Carry it on. You cannot study your family's genealogy without
becoming aware that someday you too will at best become a set of dry
statistics in a musty old book (even if it is electronic) in the archives of
some backwater library (or some obscure Internet site.) So I would like to
hear from someone younger who would be interested in, and is able to
maintain and keep this site alive long after I'm gone. My parents died just
short of their 91st birthdays, so if genetics is any guide, this hand-off
will probably not occur in the near future. But a long collaboration would
make for a smooth transition.
Information to Include
The following information appears to be pretty standard for most of the entries in
- Entries are limited to persons whose surname is Rosenkrans & variants
thereof. This includes all women whose maiden name is/was Rosenkrans and
variants. If available, links to their husbands' Web sites should be
- Good references for everything. (Pass the blame for inaccuracies
to someone else!)
- Full Name, with all middle names spelled out.
- Date and place of birth, date and place of death.
- Where buried, or if cremated.
- Education: schools and colleges, years attended, degrees received,
outstanding scholastic achievements, honorary societies.
- Work: long term jobs only, type, employer, location, interesting
- Religion and church(es,) positions held.
- Marriage: to whom, spouse's parents, and dates & places of
birth/death of each. Links only to other families.
- Names, dates, and place of birth of children.
- Major, long-term residences (city, state & country only.)
- Organizations and societies..
- Personal interests and hobbies. This is not standard, but I feel
that it gives the subject a little more depth as a person.
- One photograph of the individual, preferably with the spouse and
Females should include their husbands and children when possible. No residences.
If known, include the date the picture was taken. Please put this on your
own site and provide a URL to it
- I will provide a link to your site which may provide any
information, graphics, etc., about the individual that you wish to, but
which is beyond the scope of what I am publishing here.
- I will provide source credit for anyone who desires it for any information
published here. This may include, at your option:
- Total anonymity (default.)
- A description (e.g., "relative," "offspring",
"personal friend," etc.)
- Your name
- Contact information (e-mail address, street address, phone number, etc.)
This information should be written up in a tight narrative style, using
Allen's book as a guide. I reserve the right to edit the
information as necessary to fit the publication guidelines given above (which may
vary over time) and writing style.
Copyrightę 2002, 2007 by James P. Rosenkrans, IV. All rights reserved.