Early 1990's Alve Family Research
After interest in the early 1990's, my interest in Alve family history and genealogy has been rekindled recently with the death of my Uncle Phillip Alve in 2012 - my father Val's older brother. I along with Phil's nieces and nephews had a special relationship with him as a bachelor uncle. As an older child Phil felt some responsibility for preserving family values and history. As a life long teacher he was well read and had concern for facts and figures.
During the 1990's Phillip, with his younger brother Ivan, was instrumental in encouraging my brother Gordon and me to prepare a family genealogy and a record of NZ descendants of Carl and Maria Theresia Alve (his grandparents) who immigrated from Germany to NZ. This couple, with their first child Anna Maria, left Germany via the port of Bremerhaven around Christmas-time 1875, arriving in Wellington harbour during March 1876.
Phil and Ivan with the support of another brother - Harry - offered more than moral support by underwriting the publication of a family history. "Alve Road - How do you spell that?" This was published in time for a family reunion in the Manawatu during Easter 1995. A few copies of this publication are still available for purchase.
In the twenty years since the Alve Reunion, I have pursued my vocation as an Anglican minister and father of four children who are now adults having children of their own. More latterly I have added web design to my work portfolio. Hence this approach to continuing my interest in genealogy and family history.
In the meantime most of Ivan and Phillip's generation have died. From a second generation of 36 NZ Alve's, only three remain, all males: Hilton, Ivan and William Alve. Now is the time to pick up the cudgel and explore some more.
Forward to 2014
Since Gordon and Terry Alve used an embryonic family history computer programme available in the early 1990's to do our early genealogical research and recording, massive computing and online advances have been made. Terry currently use Family Tree Maker software and the resources of Ancestry.com etc. to facilitate current research. As a web designer He is reasonably well equipped to use modern computing and online research tools available to further advance research into the family history, genealogy and ancestry.
This website is designed to help advance and report on further research. In particular we hope that the Alve News blog will allow the website to become interactive, by allowing family members, acquaintances and others to comment on posts.
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The German Connections
Carl Wilhelm Alve (1849-1910) was born and grew up in Huckeswagen, Germany.
Maria Theresa Alve (1856-1942) grew up in an the
St Augustinus orphanage, Gelsenkirchen, Germany.