Introduction to this “Print” edition of Kurt O. Friedrichs’ “The Story of My Ancestors”
Martin Friedrichs created this edition of “The Story of My Ancestors” by Kurt O. Friedrichs in 2001 using OCR (optical character reading) and then editing the output. Therefore, some OCR created errors may have been missed or mistakes made in correcting the OCR output. This is especially the case with names. Please let me know if you find any significant errors. I have, however, inserted the hundreds of KOF’s handwritten corrections and additions so this text is, on one level, much cleaner then the final original copy from 1980. Asterisked comments are inserted immediately after the asterisk as page formats vary. Where I have added my own comments these are in brackets followed by my initials MNF.
The various charts and maps that were part of the original copy can be attached Referred to appendixes are added at the end. The ancestor list Appendix L. A. is still in hand written form.
This edition is presented in the same 12 chapters and 4 appendixes as originally written.
As the original objective of writing this was for future generation to understand their roots Dad would, I am sure, have appreciated that it was now in a more accessible and modern format for all to read. This version was made not only for the family but also as a remembrance of Dad.