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Robert Longbottom # 46521199 (#46521199)
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I have a family history addiction. I have been at this for about 37 years now. As of this date (July 2015), I am 77 years old but I plan to keep at it as long as I can.

I live in the Akron, Ohio area - phone(330-628-4435) and would like to exchange info with anyone suspecting we have common family lines.

I started out with 3 ring note books. This was before the age of the personal computer. I wrote down all that I could on my Longbottom side and then started with my Mother's side of the family - the Snyder line.

The name Snyder is a different story - it is more like the Smith and Jones surname - too common! Unfortunately I began this after my mother died in 1968 so there was no first hand info to help me out. My Mom's only sibling Edna had also passed on. I talked with some of my cousins and little by little my data started to expand. I subscribed to Everton's Genealogy Helper,ran ads, mailed inquiries and waited everyday for the Post Office to deliver the mail.
I learned that my Grandfather Joseph Snyder had "gone on a hunting trip to West Virginia and brought back a bride".

I began sending letters to the Court Houses in Western West Va to see if they had such
a record. No luck. I then purchased computer print outs from Everton's for Census data on the Snyder and Longbottom names. I began seeing first names that were common to the names used by my Grandfather Joe Snyder's siblings in Berkeley Co., West Va.

I wrote to the Berkeley County Historical Society and hit "pay dirt". The rest is now history.

My big problem appeared when my data became so large and took up so many 3 ring binders. I would get new information and then had a problem finding where it needed to go in one of the note books.

Fortunately the personal computer era was
dawning. I spent over $5000 for a new IBM PC that had no hard drive - you had only
floppy discs to use and Bill Gates had not yet invented "Windows". I started out with "Brothers Keeper" software and am still using it. It has been a great program for me.

I have over 141,000 persons in it now and OVER 36,000 of them are the descendants of my 3rd great grandfather's (Jacob Snider 1732-1790) 13 children.

I have been accepted into the SAR (Sons of the American Revolution Certificate 180595) through my Jacob Snider lineage.

I'm happy to transfer memorials outside the FAG guidelines. The only memorials I won't transfer are those in my family.

If any errors are found and corrections needed, please contact me by email and we will address the problem.
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The 2 Michael Knapps
Hi Bob. Thanks for the tip about Michael Knapp in Standing Rock possibly being a cenotaph, with them being buried in St. Joseph. However, after doing some more research, it looks like they are two different Michael Knapps! The were born in the same year and both married women named Catherine, but one lived in Suffield and Kent, and the other in Randolph. They have different birth months, and died in different years. But I certainly see your confusion - lots of Knapp family members around here! *Janice
Added by Janice on Nov 20, 2015 9:02 PM
Carl Catherman
Sarah Kreighbaum
Thank you very much for updating her memorial.
Added by Carl Catherman on Nov 15, 2015 7:20 AM
Volunteer Thank You
Bob--Thanks for all your help with Hopewell Cemetery. You have done a lot of good work.
Added by pz on Nov 09, 2015 7:32 PM
Snyder family memorials
I am a Snyder descendant but I do not descend from Jacob Ludwig (1732-1750) and wife Margaret Studebaker. I think we have a common ancestor farther back but, a Snyder descendant is still a cousin to me.

Added by Goddess on Nov 08, 2015 4:49 PM
Irene Weyandt Rath
Robert- Thanks so much. Peggy
Added by pz on Nov 07, 2015 12:53 PM
William Scholtes
Ralph Marion Snider 1906-1989
Was My 2nd cousin 2x removed
Added by William Scholtes on Oct 08, 2015 4:03 PM
RE: James Gognat
You are correct about the Marines. As my father (also a Robert) would say, SEMPER FI
Added by RLNT on Oct 01, 2015 10:47 AM
James Gognat
I have transferred James Gognat to you. My father was also a Marine, serving during WWII and Korea, retired in 1960.
Added by RLNT on Sep 29, 2015 4:44 PM
Michael Hawk

Thank you for catching that - you are absolutely correct. Looks like the younger Philip was a much older brother of Michael. I knew also that there was a bio of Michael online from one of the old county histories - I located it and it also confirms Philip and Margaret as the parents. It gives their years of death, and says they died in Portage county, so I am going to see if I can locate them.

Added by Zella on Sep 26, 2015 6:52 PM
Elizabeth Hardman Studebaker
Thank you so much for turning her memorial page over to me now I can connect her daughters and other children she had five that I know of. I have been doing geneology for some time but have in the past been discouraged by not finding the info I needed. Today I have the opposite problem more record hints and Find A Grave memorials found and pictures than I can keep up with. I love it but gets a little over whelming sometimes. But this summer has been awesome finding headstones and living relatives! Thank you for your help.Holly
Added by Holly on Sep 16, 2015 5:52 PM
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