Breezy Knoll Farm

Pepperell, Massachusetts



Cernese & Gustafson

Family Tree

The Tree

Here's a look at our family's genealogy.  This tree was last updated in approximately March, 1997

The following information has been collected primarily through word-of-mouth. Very little real research has yet to go into this effort. However, I have started to come across actual birth, death, marriage certificates and other pieces of useful documentation. Other members of the family usually own them. When I get the chance, I'll make photocopies of them.

If you'd like to start with someone's last name, look into the Index of Surnames
If there's a lot of folks with the same last name, you could instead start with the Index of People

Both indices lead you to a sort of pedigree chart. For example, here's Bettyann's chart and here's Dan's chart.

If you find any mistakes, please let us know! If you would like to add something or remove something, please send us e-mail !

The Technology

Although there are hundreds more tools and utilities than when I started, here is a list of what was used to generate the Genealogy data pages referenced above:

I keep my genealogy information in a now popular software package called Family Tree Maker (they have a link to this page in the contributors section).  FTM can export to a Genealogical Data Communication (GEDCOM) file format. The GEDCOM "standard" was originally developed by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' Family History Department, which holds the copyright. Although it began as a "universal" format, many genealogy programs implement their own, slightly-modified version of GEDCOM (see also The GEDCOM Standard Release 5.5).  So I use a tool called GIM as a sort of verification to make sure it can be read by other programs.

I've uploaded the Cernese&Gustafson GEDCOM file to The GenServ System which is a centrally managed database with millions of names. One of its strengths is the ability to test for matches between one person's data and another's.

This data has also been updloaded to FTM's "World Family Tree" and is available as part of their CD-ROM set, errors and all!  I believe it is "World Family Tree Volume 10, Tree 514".

My GEDCOM file also gets processed by GED2HTML which is what you are browing here. These pages are then indexed by the GENDEX WWW Genealogical Index which is a centralized index, but depends on places like this one to contain the actual data.