are we? We are a group of Nieland cousins who share a
common passion for collecting family history and genealogy.
We have been collaborating for the past several years to bring
the Nieland family tree up to date, building on the earlier
work done by David Nieland. Although there is a great deal of
overlap and sharing of information, each of us has assumed a
primary role in some area of this project.
Nieland started it all. His 1965 book, Stammbaum der Familie
Nieland, is a valuable reference work that was the foundation
for our initial research. He continues to be a treasured source
of family lore and has been an active contributor.
(Wittry) Buelt is the main collector of names and dates. She
is the one who clips obituaries out of the newspaper and sends
out so many letters to distant cousins requesting updates to
the family tree. Many of you have heard from Leone!
Davis is the keeper of the family tree database. She not only
patiently enters the new names and dates and corrections into
the database, but is also actively researching our earlier ancestors.
Kay also wrote the Biographical sketches you will find on the
(Pappe) Lawson created the web pages using the data provide
by Kay and the others. She also processes the old photographs,
re-sizing them for the website and touching them up to lessen
the ravages of time.
there are many, many others among "the cousins", some
of whom are known as the family historian in their Nieland branch,
who have contributed enormously to this research. We appreciate
your efforts and anxiously await all the future surprises you
may send our way.