THE UMSTEAD FAMILY
Who is Cris Hueneke?
- We are affectionately known as "UMs".
There may be many VARIANT SPELLINGS
of the name, but WE'RE ALL UMs. Umstead is the spelling most
commonly used today and as such will be used as our primary spelling
in the hope that ALL UMs will be able to easily find us.
- We would like UM CENTRAL to become a one-stop
site for UM genealogy, history, and, most importantly, a place
for cousins to FIND FAMILY. We are first and foremost about family.
It's great to be an UM and it's going to get even greater as
- We believe that most of the UMs in the United
States are direct descendants of or somehow related to HANS PETER
UMSTATT and his wife Barbara, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania,
in 1685, with their children JOHANNES UMSTAT, EVE UMSTAT (who
married HENDRICK PANNEBECKER),
and ANNA MARGARETHA UMSTAT. We know that Hans Peter was the son
of NICHOLAS UMSTAT of Germany.
- There are many unsolved UM MYSTERIES. There
were other UM immigrants who arrived at later dates. We've found
UMs appearing in various records that we've not yet identified
or connected, and we call them our "ORPHans." There
are several branches of UM descendants that we've not yet been
able to connect. This IS a work in progress.
- We have no desire to leave anyone out, but
our team of researchers is committed to presenting as fact only
that information which is well-documented and dependable. As
a result, this site will develop only as quickly as original
records and reliable secondary sources are found, and as we are
able to complete the research required.
- Any conclusions or observations made on this
site will ALWAYS be subject to later or better information and
to the reader's own verification. Original records will not always
be reproduced here, or not always in their entirety, depending
on permissions. Exact source references and where to obtain copies
of original records used will be included within each item, whenever
possible. Original records written in German will be translated
by persons familiar not only with that language and old script,
but who have been educated in the historical, cultural, and church
practices in effect at the time.
- We will not publish gedcoms, nor will we
publish genealogical or personal information on living individuals
on this site. The UM Master Family Tree and the Descendant Name
and Address List are maintained offsite. YOUR PRIVACY MATTERS
TO US. Please contact Cris
Hueneke to share this type of information or to see how you
- We will do all we can to respect copyrights,
to seek permission before using published material, and to give
credit where it is due to anyone or to any entity. We have no
desire or intention to take or to use anyone else's material
inappropriately. If you find anything on this site that you believe
has violated any copyright YOU hold, please
- We encourage links to this site and we welcome
UM and allied family links. As a family, however, we ask that
gedcoms including living UM descendants PLEASE not be published
on the Internet. We know that information is often public domain
and we know that we can neither control nor police this. We hope
that you will join us in telling people who publish other people's
personal information, often without their knowledge or permission,
that IT IS NOT OK!!! If you've not yet found personal information
about yourself on the Internet, it's only a matter of time or
of looking harder. This practice causes people to be wary of
sharing their information and is having an increasingly negative
effect on genealogy. Please tell us about any sites you find
that include living UMs. We will not accept links to any site
that includes information on ANY living individuals.
- We will consider original or previously published
articles you would like to submit on various illustrious UMs,
history, or current events, providing that they adhere to our
privacy and copyright standards. Appropriate permissions should
be obtained PRIOR TO submitting. We must always be sensitive
to the best interests of family members. Submitted material will
be subject to approval and correction by our researchers and
editors. Please don't let any of this discourage you, instead
let's work together to make Umstead.org an outstanding site and
one of which we can all be proud. Every standard we set today will help to set the standards
that others will follow tomorrow.
- Material presented on this
site IS copyrighted, however printing for non-commercial personal
use and for distribution to historical repositories is encouraged,
as long as each item is printed in full and all information is
fully credited to both this site and to any individual submitters.
Any other use, including uploading to other websites or publishing
in any other medium, in full or in part, requires WRITTEN PERMISSION
PRIOR TO SUCH USE. The absence of this or other copyright notice
on any individual page on this site is not to be construed as
permission for use other than as stated here.
I am just one of the many UM descendants who have been frustrated
by all the misinformation that abounds on our UM roots. I do not
claim to be an expert. I simply gather original records and use
them turn previously published, traditionally believed, and shared
errors into a documented account of who Nicholas and Hans Peter
really were and where they really came from. My only qualifications
for this job are creativity and relentlessness. I am blessed to
have exceptional resources to accomplish this task in that I have
many friends who live in Germany, a German-born husband, and a
working knowledge of the German language. There are many people
who have chased documents, transcribed and helped translate material.
To all of them, I am grateful. Many other UM descendants and researchers
of Germantown or collateral lines are involved in this ongoing
project. I descend from Henry, son of Johannes and Mary. I hope
you will find this site and the information we are gathering as
exciting as I do.
When I first wrote the above, I was mostly doing the research
for this site on my own, and primarily on the German roots and
myths. Along the way, the UM Research
Team developed. Take a look at the link to see who they are.
One more thing ...
It has recently come to my attention that, to my great dismay,
someone with whom I foolishly shared data YEARS AGO submitted
my information, without my knowledge or permission, to the LDS
and it is now available on one of their CDs. For the most part,
the information is old and outdated and it contains many errors,
although very little, if any, information on living inividuals
outside of my own immediate family. Occasionally, as a result
of this material being available on the LDS CD, someone will publish
pieces of it on their website and it has become an ongoing project
to search it out and ask those people to remove it. What's most
astounding about this abominable practice is that neither the
person who give my material to the LDS nor the one person I've
found so far who put it on his webpage is even an UM descendant!!!
This should well explain why I will never give out the complete
Umstead Family Master Tree to ANYONE ever. It is extremely embarrassing
to know that this has happened after all my efforts to maintain
the privacy of our UM cousins and all the promises I've made to
Please be EXTREMELY cautious
about sharing your personal information or that of others. Not
everyone can be trusted!!!
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last updated 30 May 2002
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