Site Feedback - We'd Like To Hear From You!
Since we started this family website in 2000, we've received
quite a bit of interesting feedback (mostly positive, some negative or bizarre)
from visitors. We thought that it might be helpful and educational to share some
of these comments.
Of course, we'd love to get your feedback on our website as well - we just have
a short feedback form that we'd like to ask
you to complete.
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This page holds some of the best feedback, including some of the more
provocative sorts, that we received in 2002 - the third year of our
family website. We also have separate pages for the best comments that we've received
Hello - I am from Southern Germany and take a course on Information
Visualization at the University of Constance (bordering Switzerland). I linked
to your page (more than an hour ago) via a Yahoo hint regarding
OpenGL and Microsoft. The presentation of
your page kept me following your interests from
Search to Books - Mountain
Climbing - Amazon - Diemberger - K2 to the
Return to Vrba saga and
back to your Windows NT Professional
It felt like an day trip excursion to both Oregon and Montenegro. Accompanied
by my morning tea and now a fresh cup of coffee. The folks whose private lives &
interests I have followed on web pages are mostly closer to where I live and my
current enthusiasm: preparing for running a marathon. That led my mind to follow
travellers to many countries and diverse continents. I find the web holds so
many stories about people and life, that I feel endangered to forget about the
folks next door with real bodies and a friendly smile to enjoy or a dull mind to
whom I might bring a smile.
Your page gave me the possibility of a smile.
This was quickly followed up by the same writer with a second piece of
After a first feedback that I entered into your feedback form, I glanced
through the compiled feedbacks and got stuck at the bottom entry of a person
that tried to set-off German-Czech cruelties. (I am German, living in
Switzerland at the Swiss-German border). I started to read the autobiography of
Frank Munk and after chapter 13 started to enter a second feedback. This one
was washed away with a (power?) breakdown of my computer. Instead of rewriting
it, I continued reading - which I have fascinatedly done for more than 4 hours.
Now I need a meal break. It is impressing, what a wide background has come
down to your family.
I am in the process of composing a term paper for my European History Class
at California State University at Sacramento. I chose to delve into discussing
how the fall of Communism affected the Czech Republic in the 20th, possibly
21st Century. I haven't had a chance to read all of the information that you
have provided [in your
grandfather's memoirs.] I visited the Czech Republic this summer and I
have fallen in love with a tiny town in South Bohemia called Cesky Krumlov.
My grandfather was from Dubrovnik, Yugoslavia. Unfortunately, he passed
away many years ago and in my youth I neglected to pay attention to his
stories and acquire his cultural contributions to my family. Your families'
memoirs are quite moving and enjoyable as well. Thank you so much for your
I am the great-great-great-grandson of
Elizabeth Dixon Smith Geer -- to use all of her names! The line runs, I
believe, from Elizabeth to Sarah to a woman whose name I'm not sure of to my
grandmother Blanche Williams Hunter to my mother, Helen Hunter Goist, to me
and my two older sisters [names removed for privacy] and on to their kids and
grandkids and even great-grandchildren! And just today I learn of the Ragens
and how we are connected/related (which is it?), through "our'' Elizabeth's
marriage to Joseph C. Geer. It might well be true that the people of the world
are removed from one another by only six degrees of separation.
I was thrilled to find your web site and reread the excerpts taken from the
book "50 Years In Oregon" by T.T. Geer. In 1976, I requested this book
through our inter-library loan and copied it for our family.
Elizabeth and Cornelius Smith were my Great, Great, Great, Great
Grandparents. Their son, William X Smith married Mary C. Hall, their son
Charles Merton Smith married Margaret Ann Smith (she was a Smith too) their
son Edward Lester Smith married Louise Jameson, their son Charles Edward Smith
is my Dad.
I enjoyed your site very much and would like to ask permission to use some
of your wildlife photos in a power point
presentation during our church service this Sunday. We just recently renovated
our sanctuary and have a big screen installed. We are new at creating
interesting add-ins for the service and since it is close to July 4, I would
really like to show some of your photos during some music.
Afterwards, I got a followup note:
Thank you so much for the use of your photos. I just put together a power
point of pictures and started with your
bald eagle with the mountain in
the background. I also used one of your whale pictures. It was set to a
patriotic medley at the beginning of worship. People loved it. We have just
recently added a large screen to our sanctuary and are new at visuals in our
worship service, but we loved your pictures and they really made the
First, I really enjoyed looking at your website. I've been doing some
research on the GEER family while researching the COLVER family in Oregon.
Ralph Geer's wife is a COLVER descendant. I've transcribed several
GEER-related articles that may be of interest to you. Perhaps the documents
can assist you in your research. [TheRagens Note: See
Geer's recollections of his emigration on the Oregon Trail and
of the eulogies for Joseph Carey Geer.]
Hi, I am so delighted to have happened onto your website. I have been
researching, with not a great amount of success, Mary Ann "Polly" Routen Eoff,
as I believe her to have been the sister of our gr.-gr-grandfather. I hadn't
been able to find a copy of the book "50 Years in Oregon", by her grandson T.T. Geer, and was happy to be able to read the excerpt you have on the site.
A big thank you from the land of the kangaroo! I'm a
professional storyteller down here in Australia, and I needed to get a hold of
some pictures of Orca Whales for a
storytelling map my sister-in-law is making for me, with pictures of some of
the stories I tell. I share a story about Orca Whales from Vancouver Island,
and am having her paint a picture of one on it. Unfortunately I've only seen
them in the San Juans myself a handful of times from a distance, so it was
great to have some good pictures. Thanks so much! Hope wine-tasting and life
treats you well.