Not too long ago most of us compiled names and dates on a piece of cardboard. And, when we ran out of space, we just used another piece of cardboard. At some point we taped everything together – and there was our family tree.
Genealogy has come a long way since then. Today, we search billions of records in minutes and use computer programs to organize and manage our information in seconds.
ProStamm founder, Philipp Mayer, was born in Wemding, Bavaria, Germany. His father’s family comes from Katsch, Yugoslavia. They are considered Donauschwaben. His mother was born in Wolferstadt, Bavaria, Germany.
They immigrated to the United States when Philipp was seven years old. He grew up in Southern California and graduated from California State University Long Beach, with a Degree in Civil Engineering.
His career began in 1977 as a nuclear design engineer for the Bechtel Power Corporation. In 1987 he transferred to the Long Beach Naval Shipyard, where he became a program manager for ten Perry Class Guided Missile Frigates and later the Shipyard Head Crane Engineer until the shipyard closed in 1997.
After relocating to Pueblo, Colorado, he continued his career as an environmental engineer; then a managing director at the Pueblo Chemical Depot. In 2003, he accepted a position as the Consultant General Engineer to the Neutralization and Bioremediation Pilot Project Plant for the destruction of chemical agent munitions at the Pueblo Chemical Depot. He retired in 2008 with thirty-one years of design, management, and consultant experience.
Philipp was introduced to genealogy by his father in the mid-1980s and has continued the quest for family information ever since. In the late 1990s, he developed a unique and thought-provoking method to organize, manage, and present genealogical information.
In 2010, he published ‘GENEALOGY PRESENTATIONS’ and over the following years ‘PRESENTATION is EVERYTHING,’ ‘ILLUSTRATIONS,’ and ‘INDEXING.’
The books were popular because people weren’t satisfied with the little they were getting out of their genealogy programs. The books were providing them with a way to organize and produce a product that they can share with their family.
People wanted a (digital) computer program version of the concept described in the books. And, that‘s where ProStamm comes in.