Peter A Schmidt
A Biographical Sketch
Pete was born in
Initially he didn’t plan to
make the Air Force a career, but changes in the military after
In 1972 he married Anastacia Giray, who is from the
Pete retired from the Air
Force after the first Gulf War in March 1991.
He only had an Associates degree in Information Systems Management, but
his military experience allowed him to accept a position with the Systems
Development Institute of the
Pete attended college in the evening and in 1997 he completed his Bachelor of Science degree in Logistics and Transportation. Pete continued his studies and in May of 2000, he received his Master of Science degree in Computer Science-Software Engineering. Part of his Master’s degree work involved a software development project to support NASA’s simulation and testing systems for the Space Station.
In April 2000 he accepted a position with DRPA Inc. where he is a Senior Systems Programmer/Analyst developing software for critical command and control-decision support systems.
Pete’s interest in genealogy was kindled after the loss of his father in 1991. He began using his computer skills to develop software in order to better organize his family history information. Over time he made several contacts with people on the Banat List via the Internet. He was fascinated by the work David Dreyer was doing and had seen some of his work on the Internet. He began collaborating with him to make it easier for Dave to publish his work on the web. He developed a database program that allows Dave to organize the data he extracts from the National Archives. With other software he developed Dave’s database is converted into more than a thousand web pages which make up David Dreyer’s Banat Ship Extractions Web-Site:
Other websites Pete has created and manages include:
…and a website to honor the memory of Josef Marx (Pete’s Step-Grandfather) who published the Heimatbote (a German language newspaper) and the Deutsch-Ungarisher Familienkalenders (German Hungarian Family Kalenders)
In 2001-2002 Pete used a lot
of email to coordinate an effort to digitize the microfilm of the Glogowatz church
records (1770-1897). With the aid of
Pete continues to work on developing a website, that will make the Subscription lists of the Deutsch-Ungarisher Familien Kalenders available to researchers.. In January 2002, Pete was telling his Aunt Kate about David Dreyer’s extractions of these Kalenders and she revealed to him that these Kalenders were developed and published by her father, Josef Marx and her mother, Eva Klein Schmidt Marx (Pete’s paternal grandmother). It was a moment in Pete’s life he will never forget, and his efforts to preserve this material will help insure that others will never forget either.
On another project, Pete recently began collaborating with George Bretträgger, also a contact on the Banat List, who is translating the Glogowatz Heimatbuch into English with permission of the Glogowatz HOG and Dr. Hans Gehl. This project should be completed by the in 2004. George has worked very hard over the past year on this 724 page translation challenge which will be an invaluable reference for researchers of Glogowatz.
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