On January 27, 2001, I e-mailed as many relatives as I had addresses for, offering family trees, original narratives, research essays, and the latest references on the history and genealogy of my dad’s family, Pearce. Having recently returned from England with fresh commentary in hand on the newly discovered Pearce-Austen story, I was anxious to share my work and challenge others to contribute their knowledge of our common ancestors. The encouraging response led to the birth of E-GEN: PEARCE, an Electronic Genealogy, a weekly newsletter. Then, with the help of my son and daughter, a family website soon took shape. After years of revising and reformatting thousands of pages and hearing from distant relatives from around the world, the Geocities “Larry & Susan Pearce Family Webpage” was scrapped in 2009 to make room for new ideas and technologies.
E-mail inquiries were answered with personal attention and file attachments, whenever possible. However, with the approach of the 10th anniversary of the E-GEN concept, a more practical and effective way of publishing and archiving was envisioned. Thanks to my son Matthew and the WordPress format and my daughter Annie’s expertise in MAC writing applications, a new era for E-GEN is dawning.
While E-GEN.INFO is up and running, the full compliment of family trees, articles, and references will be a while in coming. These are just some of the goals we have for the new webpage, time and technology permitting:
*Many documents (trees, articles, maps, charts, & photos) offered in .PDF for universal accessibility, with older versions archived in original formats (.doc, HTML, etc.)
*All lists of ancestors fully documented, with at least two citations, whenever possible to meet professional genealogists’ standards
*Full use of visual elements of support: photographs of people, places, gravestones, etc. in thumbnail format for faster loading; perhaps even audio and video
*Revelations of “What we know” as well as “Research needed”
*References to other family and subject sites, linked whenever possible
*New material and updates clearly marked for easy access
I hope that my work is both informative and inspirational to you. Please print, save, and share anything you find on this webpage, with the understanding that it is a “work in progress.” Check back often for updates and new findings and let others know that they too can contribute their research for the good of all.
Larry Pearce, Genealogist, Author, & Webmaster (firstname.lastname@example.org)
ADDENDUM: The formal announcement of the E-GEN.INFO website was made to dozens of family members via e-mail and about 40 surname forums at Ancestry.com and GenForum.com on April 20, 2011. To date, the response has been widespread and gratifying with pledges of support and letters of inquiry.