Meyer - Siefkes Connection
Our extended cousin Hillrich Meyer and his wife, Annette, and their daughter, Marie-Louise, are coming from Germany to Kansas to visit this summer. They’ll be in Ellinwood, the first weekend in August. This web page is the key to find what you need and to benefit from our time together.
Hillrich speaks English. Marie-Louise has studied in the US and soon will be going off to college in England. Annette speaks English too. Hillrich is a great family historian. Since they're coming to visit, this is a great chance to get together. (The other day, my dad Richard Meyer said to me that Grandma Dena had said to him, "when I'm gone, you still need to get together.")
Members of the Meyer and Siefkes families are welcome as are other related families including those related by marriage as well as broader descendants of Gerdt Diekens (who was born in the early 1600s and actually tie the Meyer and Siefkes families together in common ancestry!). Friends old and new are certainly welcome to join in.
This is a great opportunity for us to get together, to reconnect with our heritage, and to show hospitality to a family guest. The family response has been absolutely incredible. It looks like we could have more than 140 persons in attendance.
Reserve Your Meal for the August 1, 2015 Family Get Together
IMPORTANT: If you haven't already, follow this link to reserve your meal: http://meyersiefkes.myevent.com. If you've already done so, thank you. Final deadline is Saturday, July 18. If you can't join us for the meal for whatever reason, there's no cost for the afternoon's activities; join us for whatever activities fit within your schedule, travel needs, and other commitments. Everyone is welcome for as much as they can join in. Be sure to scroll down and read through this whole page, taking note of the day's agenda toward the end so you can plan accordingly.
Participate on Social Media
Stay connected and join: https://www.facebook.com/groups/meyersiefkesconnection/ (if you're into that).
Order Your Own Family History Album
Now available: a brand new, heirloom quality, 11x8.5" hardcover album.
Order your family history album at http://www.mixbook.com/photo-books/interests/meyer-and-siefkes-family-history-12107061?vk=YkNnIES42m. It makes a great Christmas gift. To save money, be sure to check the website for a discount coupon code as soon as you get on the site. You can have it shipped to your home or to whoever you're wanting to give an album to as a gift.
Flip through Old Photos
Working with cousins over recent weeks, we've gathered, scanned, and uploaded more than 400 family history photos. These photos span two continents and one hundred and fifty years.
Beyond the preview here, feel free to go to the Meyer and Siefkes family history photo archive at https://www.flickr.com/photos/134094348@N08/sets/. There are descriptions of each photo--who is in them and year taken where possible. Bookmark so you can later download and use for a school project, scrapbooking, or other needs. If you have more photos to contribute (prior to about 1955), please email me or otherwise let me know; we'll add them so all families have benefit of this treasure.
Explore Family History and Genealogy
Interested in diving deeper into the family history and genealogy?
Here are a few places to start:
There's tremendous progress presently being made in hobby genealogy.
Plan for the August 1 Family Get Together
Come as much as you can for the day's planned activities. There's a cost associated with the tunnels tour and the meal. The other activities have no cost. Join what you can, fitting in with your travel plans and other commitments. Everyone will be glad to see you.
Weather and other unforeseen circumstances may require some changes. We ask for graciousness and flexibility to make this a good event.
If you're traveling from out of town, here are a couple hotel options to consider.
Feel free to participate in the activities as much as you'd like. If you have any questions or would like to discuss any particular special needs or ideas, feel free to contact me at gary at meyer dot net. Also feel free to reach out to Nancy Meyer Tucker, Carolyn Meyer Schneider, Ron Pauls, or Daryl Chenoweth as they have been closely involved in the preparation activities.