Hi, my name is Tom Chatt, and I've had an interest in genealogy as long as I can remember, though it's only in recent years that it's turned into
an obsession a more serious pursuit.
Professionally, I'm a software technologist, living in Los Angeles.
This is my first experience contributing to a wiki, and I began contributing to here on June 15, 2006. My first page was on Captain William Henry Dobbs (1716-1781), a particularly colorful ancestor who was a privateer, nautical pilot, and served in the American Revolution.
(NOTE 12/31/2006: I am shifting my focus away from this site and over to WeRelate.org, which I find has a much more ideal combination of free-form wiki with structured data.)
Family Clusters I Am Working On
Taylor, Holt, Dobbs: New York and colonial New England
Sherratt: Aberdeenshire, Scotland --> Ontario, Canada
Spring, Farquharson of Finzean: Aberdeenshire, Scotland
- (related families include Cattanach, Cromar, Shaw, Garden, Mortimer, and Gordon)
Wilhite, Ramsey: Virginia -> eastern Tennessee -> Illinois
Chatt: Northumberland, England -> Illinois / Indiana
Brautman/Brantman: possibly Czernowitz --> New York City
Littmann: Bohemia(?) --> New York City
Scheidemann, Reuscher, Weitzel: Norka, Russia -> Kansas -> California
O'Hargan/Harrigan: Ireland -> western New York -> California
Comstock: colonial New England -> Nauvoo, PA
Slater: colonial New England -> Wisconsin
Carmelich, Marincovich, Cvitanich: Bol, Brac, Split, Croatia
Uglesich, Mircovich: Veli Rat, Dugi Otok, Zadar, Croatia
Places of Interest
- Cocke County, Tennessee, early 1800s
- Allendale, Hexham, Northumberland, England
- Aberdeenshire, Scotland (particularly Birse and Lumphanan parishes)
Other Contributions to Genealogy
- Makhnovka "shtetl" page contributed on JewishGen.org
- A Beginner's Guide to Kagan's Sefer HaPrenumerantn, a useful source for 19th century eastern European Jewish genealogy
- various items about genealogy on my blog
I'm a native English speaker, with some ability to communicate in French and Spanish.
I've also proven capable of some amount of decoding of genealogical records in Italian, Croatian, and Hebrew.