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  • By LNaukam
    Oct 20, 2014
    Review of “A Narrative History and Genealogy of Libbie Hoffman and Wilhelm Dingfelder of Rochester NY and Corry, PA”, by William Wykoff. This short (85 page) volume is self-published by the author in 2013. What makes it very readable is the human stories that are included. There are the standard genealogical charts, and various illustrations, but he stays close to his stated intent of providing a framework for further research. As such, it reads well, and therefore is not bogged down in highly scholarly footnotes and sourcing. I agree with this choice since he states right at the start that this is what he chose to do and why. He has included 7 charts and 39 figures (pictures, etc.) which illustrate the lives and times of his ancestors. He cites many well-known works on German American history, including many of the standard titles for Rochester area Germania. He also gives a list of useful further reading titles. He even has a web site for family pictures. I believe that it would be... More > a good starting point for those interested in this family and its history. Larry Naukam Retired Coordinator of Historical Services (Local History, Genealogy, and Digitizing) Rochester NY Public Library< Less
  • By Nancy Aumann
    Mar 30, 2014
    The amount of and care with the research are impressive, and the challenges of such research are clearly identified! Intermingling German and American history and events with the Hoffman and Dingfelder families' experiences provides context, and personal reflections add to the narrative.
  • By Deborah Lazor
    Jan 15, 2014
    The history and genealogy written and presented by Bill Wykoff is proof of his long arduous intensive but heart felt research. Work in progress because research is just that, continuous. Having no treasure chest from ancestors Bill has written a fact filled book not only of his family but of Germans in Rochester and their contributions to our great city in upstate New York. Opportunities are quickly lost and time quickly passes, so jump on the wagon to visit/travel/write/share/swap stories/gather photos!!! Commitment to this endeavor is rewarding and opens up doors to wonderful new relationships with family members that we never knew existed. There is absolutely no reason to apologize for insertions of his childhood memories. More stories need to be included!
  • By rdingfel
    Sep 1, 2013
    Although I'm a Dingfelder by name, I discovered through reading this book that I'm probably not related to the author's family. Nevertheless it was a very worthwhile read with plenty of detail about life in Germany and Rochester in the 1800s, what caused Germans to emigrate, and marriage and other social practices at the time. The author has an academic background and his careful research and thoughtful speculation (where appropriate) reflect that; but the narrative is rarely dry and sometimes quite amusing. I would have appreciated a few more high-level maps to orient those of us who aren't familiar with German geography. Clearly this book was a labor of love and I'm glad the author shared it with the rest of us.
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First Draft
MWW Selbstverlag
July 5, 2013
Perfect-bound Paperback
Interior Ink
Black & white
0.75 lbs.
Dimensions (inches)
8.5 wide x 11 tall
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