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Family History Project
Frank da Cruz
A global collaboration!
[About the family tree]
Most recent update:
Thu Aug 30 20:45:31 2018
New York time
About 100 people added to the Norwegian part of the tree,
plus a new gallery
and a new biography of my mother
The family tree...
Authors (so far): Frank da Cruz (Bronx NY), Raimundo Narciso (Lisbon
Portugal), Helena Mascarenhas (Lisbon), Luzia Machado (Lisbon), Fátima
Santos (Lisbon), Danny da Cruz and Rula al-Chorbachi da Cruz
(Bahrain), Rifa'at Kamal Haffar (Wien Österreich), Lina da Cruz
Lamirande (Berkeley California), Christine J. Scott-Deutsch (Dobbs Ferry
NY), all working together across 8000 miles, 12 time zones, and diverse gene
pools. And more recently, the Norwegian part copied from Sandy (Lund)
Stout's Ancestry.com family tree (Sandy is my mother's bother's daughter).
people in the tree spanning
Initiated by me October 30, 2017, at
, this tree
has rapidly grew so large that it can't be viewed all at once. Clicking on
certain key family members shows different parts of the tree. So to see any one of
the main parts of the tree, click on one of the names in the first
Best viewed on a very wide screen!
||Relation to me
||Nationality or region
Daniel da Cruz Narciso
||Raimundo and me
||Family in Portugal
plus descendents of Daniel in the USA and elsewhere.
Vivian Maxine Lund
who emigrated to upper-midwest USA in the mid-to-late 1800s.
Lenore Susan Maria Rager
||Germans who emigrated to Frederick County, Maryland, in the 1700s.
||Danny and Lina
||Lebanese and Palestinians
||Paternal first cousin-in-law
||Danny and Rula
||Iraqis (to be filled in)
Judith Maria Scott
||Christine Scott-Deutsch and me
Francis (Frank) da Cruz Jr.:
Me, root of the tree, apparently 50% Norwegian, 25% Portuguese, 25% German.
How it works:
§ One node (person) is always "in focus", indicated by a
thick black border (Daniel da Cruz Narciso in the example shown); the
tree shows only that person's relatives.
§ You can change the focus by clicking a different node
(person). This causes a new tree to be displayed.
§ Information about the person in focus is shown
in the sidebar at left: dates, names, partners, birthplace, whatever has
been entered, including biographical info that you can see by clicking the
Partners and Biographical tabs.
§ If a node has a little "tail" (dotted line, circled in
green in the image) it means the person has relatives that are not shown.
If you click the box you'll see the hidden relatives.
- FAMILY TREE created at
is a local, view-only copy created on the date shown on its bottom left. As
long as the editing is going on, I will refresh it from the master
copy at familyecho.com (which is only accessible to tree editors)
every time it changes.
- FAMILY TREE DATA... These are
plain-text UTF8-encoded "dumps" of all the information in the family tree in
GEDCOM format (GEDCOM =
Genealogical Data COMmunication), a standard interchange format that allows
a tree to be exported from genealogical software for backup purposes, and
also for importing into other genealogy software such as ancestry.com,
wikitree.com, geni.com, myheritage.com (I haven't tried this).
Starting on November 12, 2017, whenever the tree changes that day's
version of the family tree is backed up in GED format and saved in an
archive along with previous dumps, so it will always be possible to roll
back to an earlier version of the tree in case of disaster, or to move the
tree to a different site if familyecho.com disappears.
and using a GEDCOM file (available in English only).
- List of GEDCOM
Tags (not all of them are used by Family Echo).
Note that among the ancestors of Lenore Rager (my grandmother) there was at
least one cousin-cousin marriage and that causes trouble. The Family Echo
software that we're presently using handles the situation by duplicating a
piece of the tree, which you can see two generations above
To learn about cousin and "removed" relationships
Printing the tree
The family tree has no "Print" button; there is no built-in way to print it,
and even if there were it would probably be too big to print legibly. The
best recommendation I can make is maximize your browser screen, then try to
fit the desired part of the tree into the visible screen (possibly changing
the display size using the ⊕ or ⊖ buttons), and then
use whatever screen capture capability your computer has to save an image
of the screen, which you can then print.
How to link to a particular part of the tree
If you want to send someone a link to a specific
part of the tree, go to
, find and click on the desired person, and then copy the link
from your browser's address bar and paste it into your email or Facebook or
whatever. The link will look something like this:
Familyecho.com will disappear eventually, and so will my identity at
Columbia University, where the online version of this history is stored. To
preserve the family tree, download a copy of the latest backup from here:
For some years to come, it should be importable into any other family-tree
software, but eventually everything that this history depends on — the
Internet, HTML, UTF-8, ZIP files — will be "deprecated" and
discontinued. Preservation of this and any other kind of digital
information will depend on each generation to convert it to whatever the new
"standard" might be.
Stories and other resources on this site...
- My mother Vivian**
(New: 28 August 2018; replaces previous versions). Narrative and photos,
about 30 pages.
- Lina and Jean-Luc's trip to Portugal in May
2018, with photos, about 7 pages. Written in English
by Lina; a Google Translate menu is provided.
New 23 July 2018, updated 4 August 2018.
- My Grandfather Daniel da Cruz and his
Family in Portugal**, narrative with photos, English, about 14 pages,
updated 23 July 2018.
- My grandmother Gus**, narrative and photos,
English, about 10 pages, updated 26 July 2018.
- Rufus Rager 1849-1912 (Gus's
father) news items (New: 16 July 2018).
- My time in the Army 1963-66**
(New: 23 June 2018).
- Lembranças de Vilar por Raimundo Narciso,
narrativa com fotos, Português, umas 3 páginas. 18 Janeiro 2018
- Memories of Vilar by Raimundo Narciso,
narrative with photos, English*, about 3 pages. 17 January 2018
- My Uncle Pete** (Daniel da Cruz II),
narrative and photos, English, about 20 pages, updated 16 January 2018.
- My brother Dennis**, narrative with photos,
English, about 4 pages, 16 January 2018.
- About Raimundo Narciso, the family Cruz
and Portugal, narrative with photos, English*,
about 12 pages, 21 November 2017, updated 21 March 2018.
- Dados sobre Raimundo Narciso,
a família Cruz e Portugal, Português, 20 novembro 2017,
actualizado 21 março 2018.
- Frei Daniel da Cruz por
David Azevedo (1966) [Português]
- Fray Daniel da Cruz by
David Azevedo (1966) [English]*
- manuel-en.html: Manuel (a.k.a. Ramon)
& friends & family with commentary by Raimundo*
- manuel-pt.html: (the same, in Portuguese)
- familiacruz.html: Group photo
of da Cruz Narciso family with key by Raimundo
- familia.html: Smaller group photo
with explanation of who's who.
- dannyportugal.html: Danny's 2002