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Hash Site Review: Hash Genealogy Project


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Hash Heritage Foundation
Hash Genealogy Project


A little over a decade ago, Bill Panton (Kuala Lumpur H3/Washington DC H3) embarked upon an interesting journey: tracing all known hash kennels back to the Mother Hash.  He first showed his work to the hash world at InterHash 1998 in Kuala Lumpur, when he unrolled a 20-foot-long scroll showing the family tree of 1,100 hash kennels.  Since then he’s made the scroll longer: today the genealogy covers over 1,400 kennels.  Don’t worry, you don’t have to go to InterHash to see the scroll . . . the fruits of Bill’s research are online, and you can trace your own hashing family tree at the Hash Heritage Foundation site.

I spent a couple of hours there last night, tracing the hashes I’ve founded back to their roots.  I was confused at first.  Do I trace them back through my own mother hash, Tampa H3 (great-great-grandchild of Mother), or through the hash I was running with when I founded them, the jHavelina H3 (great-great-great-grandchild of Mother)?

I needn’t have been confused, because Bill tells you how to do it on the web site:

The genealogy considers each Hash chapter to be the ‘mother’ of all the Hashes directly formed from it by members of the originating Hash.

Since I was a jHavelina when I founded my three hashes, I traced their heritage back that way, and now I know my hashes are great-great-great-great-grandchildren of Mother.

My Hash Family Tree

A Hash Family Tree

On the way back to 1938, I discovered that I know four of the six founders who preceeded me.

What did I learn from that?  The hash like the Book of Genesis . . . full of incest!

But back to Bill Panton’s genealogy project: it’s great, but there are missing bits . . . not all founders’ names are listed, newer kennels aren’t yet there.  That’s not the genealogist’s fault, though. After all, Bill can only work with the information we give him.

Depending on how big a boner hash history gives you, you can spend hours at this site, and maybe you can help Bill Panton with some of the information he needs — his contact email address is on the site.

This is useful hashy stuff.  Go there, learn, contribute!

Read my other hash site reviews here!

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1 comment to Hash Site Review: Hash Genealogy Project

  • When I looked up my hashing family tree the other day I found some errors and sent corrections to the email address listed on the genealogy site. I’ve been getting notices that my message has not been delivered, and that causes me some concern. I sent this message to Bill Panton this morning:

    Dear Bill,

    Greetings from sunny Tucson, Arizona! I hope you are well and happily hashing.

    I wrote a glowing review of your online hash genealogy, which I hope will prompt hashers to check their hashing family trees. You can read my review here: http://pwoodford.net/hashblog/?p=2636.

    While I was investigating my own lineage, I found some errors and sent corrections to genealogist@thehashhouse.org. For three days now my email program has been telling me that my message has not been delivered. I don’t know what that means, but there it is.

    Bill, are you the only one working the genealogy project? Is there someone else, or another address, I should send corrections to? I’m not that concerned about my own corrections, but if my review gets other hashers interested in the project they may start sending new information to what appears to be a non-working address.

    Thanks for everything you’ve done, and are continuing to do, for hashing!

    On On,
    Flying Booger

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