The transition from a subscription genealogy service to our own database has proven to be a much larger project than either of us envisioned. To date, only a small portion of our records have been added to the database. Between reviewing existing records, discovering new sources and learning the finer points of how to create a website some things had to be put off. Until now, updating Isaac’s Ark fell to the bottom of the “to do” list. Moving forward with the transition means we can start documenting the bits and pieces of our family history.
The Hammitt family, even with all of their accomplishments, hasn’t been very well documented. Working together we were able to identify the members of several families. We have continued to maintain separate trees, each with its’ own interpretation of family lines. We made tremendous progress at a rapid pace and still continued to research our own specific interests. So while the two trees in the genealogy section start with the same families, they go off in different directions and are bound to have different interpretations. Together they contain an enormous amount of information and history, not just about our families, but also about families connected by marriage and extended relationships.
The goal of Isaac’s Ark blog is twofold. First, its’ our way of documenting the families and providing evidence of the relationships. Hopefully eliminating some of the confusion created by the tradition of naming their sons Isaac and John Kille. Equally important is the search for the first Isaac Hammitt. The one who made a pact with John Kille about how they would name their children. Maybe then we can understand how the pledge between two men managed to be upheld for generations in our family.