About Matt

I wanted to have an easy way to share my family history finds with all the various relations without having to keep all kinds of different email distribution lists. I'm also interested in sharing my knowledge of how to find things. I enjoy teaching others how they can find their family history. This blog is my way of accomplishing all these goals.


Me and my wife, Karen, during a visit to the
Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah
My name is Matt Miller. I'm middle-aged Information Security Engineer that has always been interested in family history. I grew up in Columbus, Nebraska, spent some time in Rapid City, South Dakota, Gillette, Wyoming and Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota before moving "back home" to Omaha, where I've lived since 1994.

I remember being interested in family history back when Roots came on television when I was about 10 years old. I finally got more interested and tried working on it back around 2003 when my mother gave me a family history book about the descendants of her grandfather and his brother but contained no information about their ancestors. I tried my hardest, using what little knowledge I had to do more research. In 2008, I was looking for the ancestors of my great-grandfather, Aloys/Alois/Aloysius Panther and his brother Ferdinand, in microfilms of church baptismal, marriage and death books in villages south of Baden-Baden, where they were said to have come from. I had actually found some Panther relations in Stadelhofen, Ortenaukreis, Baden, Germany, but I didn't know they were related because I hadn't found Aloys' baptismal record there. Finally, in April of 2009, the daughter of my first cousin made a major breakthrough, finding Aloys and Ferdinand's baptismal records in Moesbach, Ortenaukreis, Baden, Germany. My interest came back stronger than ever. Once you add in the power of the Internet along with my computer skills and new determination, I've been making huge progress in my research over the past 7+ years.

The people at the local family history center got to know me and respect my research abilities and asked me to give a presentation on German research at a monthly staff meeting in 2012. I also published a book about the genealogy of my great-grandfather in Baden, Germany. In 2014, the local LDS church knew me from the family history center and asked me to put on a workshop for their members for several weeks last spring.

I don't intend to make a career out of genealogy but I suppose you never know. Maybe it will make a part-time career after I retire in 10-20 years.

--Matt Miller

3 comments:

  1. Hello Matt. I believe we may be related through the Doran line. I'd be happy to connect. I sent an email to your yahoo account. Hope to hear from you. If somehow the email didn't make it, you can reach me at dtownsend2@stny.rr.com

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  2. Hi Matt,
    This is really neat! We have such a huge family! I am Imelda's youngest, Rose and Aloyusius Menke's youngest grandchild. I remember visiting my mom's aunt Lizzie in the hospital when I was about 5, in about 1970 or so. Nice lady, was that your mom or grandmother? I love family history and looking at pictures and trying to figure out who I look like, where did I get my prominent chin from, where did I get my shortness from, etc. I resemble Mary Harmeyer, I think. Keep up the good work. I look froward to more. How do you know Duke Schneider? I went to Ambrose and was a broadcast journalism major for a brief moment.
    Angelina Eckermann Reinbold

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    1. Thank you for the comment and compliment! I'm glad you're enjoying the blog. Duke is my first cousin Gail Baldwin's husband. Gail's mother was my dad's sister. Lizzie Menke Panther was my grandmother. She was my mother's mother. According to my database, you and I are second cousins.

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