These pages are in memory of my mother, Beryl Gladys WEBSTER nee STEINKE, whose ancestors emigrated from Germany and Prussia to Queensland, Australia, in the 1800s. Names include STEINKE, RIENECKER / REINECKER, HAHN, JORGENSEN, KLIBBE, KOY, NAUMANN, SCHIMKE. Details of living people have been suppressed to protect their privacy.
This is a 'work in progress', and there will be some errors. Many entries are based on anecdotal evidence and need to be verified. I have a vast amount of information that is not shown here. I will gladly exchange documents, photos and full source references with anyone who is researching these families. Additions and corrections are welcome, but please explain from what sources you obtained your facts.
As Elizabeth Shown Mills says in "Evidence! Citation and Analysis for the Family Historian" (Genealogical Publishing Company, Baltimore, 1997), "Genealogical research - well done - requires a critical approach to knowledge... we are still expected to verify those published facts."
Thank you to those who have already contributed. Please keep the information coming! To give future generations access to a reliable family tree, we need to ensure the long-term preservation of our data; but we must also observe privacy and copyright laws. You may use information shown here for your own PRIVATE records, provided that you show the source for each fact as 'Judy Webster's website www.judywebster.com.au'; but this site is copyright, so ask my permission before reproducing any part of it in print or online (including trees on Ancestry or elsewhere).
If you have British ancestors, I encourage you to submit information to Curious Fox (a town/village-based message system) and LostCousins (links open in new windows). If you can upload a GEDCOM file, I recommend that you do so (free) at Findmypast and at Rootsweb's WorldConnect where you can control what people do with your data.