I am truly grateful to Bernadine (NEWCOMER) GEESAMAN for her kindness in sharing this research and copyrighted materials with all of us, as we endeavor to discover our roots and search for our missing links. Bernadine and her now deceased husband, John E. GEESAMAN, worked side by side in their endeavor to discover and share information pertinent to the GEESAMAN family in association with Richard E. KIRKPATRICK, also now deceased. Their finds were presented via newsletters known as the GEESAMAN COUSINS.
On April 20, 2000 Bernadine N. Geesaman gave written permission to Audrey Shields Hancock for these newsletters to be transcribed and placed on the GEESEMAN/GIESEMAN/etc. webpage site for the benefit of other researchers. We are indebted to Bernadine and the other GEESAMAN researchers for their years of dedication to this family, and the valuable information found within the pages of the GEESAMAN COUSINS newsletters. Thank you, Bernadine.
The last issue of the GEESAMAN COUSINS was published October 1980. At that time Richard Kirkpatrick (now deceased) of 3120 Oakbrook Dr., Del City, OK 73115 & Bernadine N. Geesaman, P. O. Box 175, Quincy, PA 17247 were editors.
These "GEESAMAN COUSINS" newsletters are slightly abridged versions of the original published and copyrighted documents. These newsletters appear in an abridged form for purposes of HTML coding, brevity and ease of reading on the internet.
The layout of the transcribed newsletters differs from the original layout which was in columns and which were continued on various pages. The layout on the webpages keeps each article as a separate entity and complete unit.
Where it appears that copyrighted articles of others were used, a note was made, and the article was not used.
Where pictures occur in the newsletter, a reference is made. An attempt will be made later to scan the picture(s) in each newsletter, but quality will be VERY poor. If anyone can provide a scanned copy of the same picture or an appropriate substitute, these will be added. If someone wishes to send me a copy of the original, I will be happy to scan and place the picture with the appropriate article.
Just because a genealogical statement appears in print does not prove that it is true. There should be documentary proof to substantiate the accuracy of the dates of births, deaths, marriages, etc. We sometimes fall into the habit of taking the word of someone else instead of checking proof.
Which brings us to the admission that there are probably some misstatements in this issue of GEESAMAN COUSINS. We expect to receive letters from those who have discovered errors.
Your editor [Richard KIRKPATRICK] is NOT a trained genealogist--just a descendant of the Pennsylvania Dutch who is trying to learn more about his heritage. And he hopes that through these pages others will be helped to do the same.