Today marks the long-awaited launch of the Minerd.com Blog to more widely share the latest discoveries and research published on the award-winning Minerd.com website, twice named a Family Tree Magazine “Top 10 Family Website.”
Minerd.com, originally published on May 7, 2000, is about to mark its 15th anniversary online, having drawn more than 2.75 million visitors over that time. Currently, the site averages more than 22,000 visits each month.
Planned in late 1999 and early 2000, Minerd.com’s original goal was to share years’ worth of accumulated, voluminous genealogy research findings and to take advantage of the wondrous internet and search engine technology to attract curious, interested cousins at large who queried their own family names on search engines.
Through its own proprietary research, added to the generous sharing of many hundreds of cousins who’ve connected over the years, the site tells the stories of thousands of cousins. All are members of the extended Pennsylvania German pioneer family of Minerd, Minard, Miner and Minor, which got its modern start in southwestern Pennsylvania in 1791 with a farm settlement not far from where the famed Frank Lloyd Wright house Fallingwater is today. It honors past lives, many which otherwise would be long forgotten, whose stories have been ravaged by the merciless effect of time passage and erosion of memory.
In its own unique way, Minerd.com captures the sweep of Americana through the eyes of one family, at times the good, sometimes the bad and occasionally the ugly. I don’t know of anything quite like it.
At all times, Minerd.com has sought to be a forum for sharing knowledge to all, at no charge. The site may change the way you think, learn about and understand families. While our clan is no bigger, better or more interesting than anyone else’s, it is symbolic of many early families who put down roots and let time work its magic.
Instead of just tracing backward, we’re also exploring forward in time to tell the saga of one clan over a span of 275 years. It starts with German-Americans Friedrich and Eva Maria (Weber) Meinert Sr., of Berks County, PA and their sons, Revolutionary War veterans Jacob Minerd Sr. and his wife Maria Nein, pioneers of Fayette/ Somerset Counties, PA, and Friedrich Meinert Jr. and his wife Catherine Nein, and thence to tens of thousands of their siblings and descendants, down to the present day.
We’re very interested in making contact with all descendants, everywhere, and learning how they’ve touched our nation. The Minerd.com Blog thus is intended to help with the outreach as well as share “what’s new.”