Leaves of Our Family Tree

Our Families

The Henry B. K. Bauman Family

The Grischow Family in Canada

The Family of Ludwig Hoover & Margaretha Graff

The Henry Lichty Family of Markham

The Schneider Pioneers of Waterloo County

The Shantz Pioneers of Waterloo County

The Sitler Family in Canada

The Stover Family of Markham

Our Family Data

My Entire Rootsweb Worldconnect Database
If you want to see my research sources for each individual in our family tree, this is where to look.  There are now over 30,000 people in this database.  Living individuals are not displayed as per Rootsweb policy.

Tombstone Photographs at Find-a-Grave
I have started uploading tombstone photographs to findagrave.com and have links to each one from my database above.  I have over 1,000 so far, with more being added regularly.  I have also put all of the German War Graves from Woodland Cemetery online.  You can search through my photos directly from the window below.

Search Darren Arndt's cemetery records at by entering a surname and clicking search:

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Isaac B. Snider Family History Database
An online database version of a book published in 1985 by Lloyd & Vera Snider.  I am not making corrections to this database, as it is intended to show what was originally published.  I am however making corrections in my main Rootsweb database.

Family Heirlooms & Keepsakes

1560 Schneider Family Bible

1909 Schneider Family Reunion Article

1928 Reesor Family Reunion Photo

1930 Shantz Family Reunion Photo

1931 Hoover Family Reunion Photo

Other Recommended Free Resources


Canadian Census Data
Automated Genealogy's free website with transcribed Canadian census data from 1901, 1906, and 1911.

The Latter Day Saints' free website that includes the 1881 Canadian census, the 1881 British census, and the 1880 U.S. census.

Waterloo County Resources

Ezra Eby's Biographical History of Waterloo Township
The electronic version of Ezra Eby's 1895 family history book, with links to tombstone pictures and relics from museums in Waterloo Region.

Ezra Eby Revived
Allan Dettweiler's website based on the data from Ezra Eby's book above.  The difference is that this website allows descendants of these families to update their trees down to the present day.

Match and Merge Database
Scott Buschlen's database which is linked to thousands of tombstone photographs.  It was originally based on research by Mary Ann McEllistrum, which Scott has continued to expand on.

Norma J. Shantz
Norma is a genealogist and has a very large database of Waterloo Co. families.

Mennonite obituaries from church periodicals back as far as the 1860's, including a lot of Waterloo County churches.

The Record obituaries
Current Waterloo County obituaries.

Other Helpful Resources

Worldconnect Family Tree Databases
Rootsweb's free collection of user-contributed genealogy databases.  In my opinion, it's the best free genealogy resource out there.  Since anyone can upload their data, and since most people aren't good at documenting their sources, not all of the data is correct, so use some caution.  However, it's still an excellent place to begin.  Why not upload your database too?

Our Roots
A university and government-sponsored website dedicated to digitizing local Canadian history books.  It's online collection is growing steadily, and has full text search capability.

World War I Attestation Papers
A Veterans Affairs website featuring enlistment documents of soldiers in the Canadian Expeditionary Force.

Canadian Virtual War Memorial
Online tribute to Canadian soldiers who gave their lives in war, including photos and memorabilia from family members.

Ontario Cemetery Finding Aid
Online database of transcribed tombstones in Ontario.  Unfortunately it only includes names, not dates or other information on the tombstones.

Family History Archives at Brigham Young University
Numerous digitized genealogy books, including full-text search capability.  Two books I've used in my database are the Henrich Clemmer and the Dilman Kolb family histories.

Legacy Family Tree Software
In my opinion, the best free genealogy software out there.  Easy to use, and lots of features.  Try it out and see.  They also have a version you can purchase, which I've found helpful for managing larger databases, but the free version served me well for my first few years of genealogy research.


Site maintained by Darren Arndt, Mississauga, Ontario, Canada.
Last updated May 20, 2011