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Thomas Ladner (#47145777)
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Bio Photo Hello! All, below: You'll find an Article in this weeks [Gladwin County Record Newspaper] which, will tell you much of (my) work in Gladwin County, Michigan Family Research. Note this Article was written by: My Nephew who is an Editor of the Jack Pine Tribune Newspaper & he holds a Major in History from SVSU. So, write-up is something pretty special indeed.

Local man makes strides in genealogy

By Clint Kern

Published: Tuesday, January 26, 2010 12:43 PM CST
"GLADWIN COUNTY" Have a conversation with Tom Ladner and one thing becomes clear very quickly: Tom is not only an avid genealogist, historian and veteran, he is a wealth of information for anyone else who wants to take the same journey.

In fact, Ladner has been instrumental in developing and expanding a number of online resources for people who want to begin tracing their family lines here in Gladwin County.

Ladner has been involved in local genealogical and historical efforts for quite a few years. In fact, he was a catalyst in the historical culmination of the Beaverton Centennial Celebration. Later, Ladner was also a substantial contributor and author of the McKimmy family book.
In fact, through those efforts, Ladner traced the McKimmy origin back to Scotland and documented their migration to West Virginia and eventually up to north central Michigan.

He also recorded the Ladner surname back to Germany in the 1700s and then moved on to a multitude of other family trees back to Europe and elsewhere.

His participation in these endeavors eventually turned his research into something that people refer to as a "calling", and his colleagues began to recognize his tremendous efforts and how useful they were to historical research efforts county-wide.

"Tom was the driving force behind the research and input of the military portion of the book, `Beaverton: A Century In The Making.' He continues to have a passion with research of obituaries," said Judy Grant, an active member of multiple Gladwin County Societies and Committees. "He was a great help with the Cemetery Walk and various other projects. I'm sure he'll be available for the Gladwin County Sesquicentennial celebration. We'll be paying tribute to Marvel Secord and many others. We hope local residents will actively contribute when the time comes."

As Gladwin County Historical Society Photo Curator and someone who contributes to local genealogical web sites as well, Bob Frei noted that Ladner's ability to get lost in his research has been invaluable.

"Tom was amazing working on the Beaverton Centennial Celebration. When he looked through and transcribed the micro- films, Tom hardly made any errors whatsoever," said Frei. "While we were working together on the centennial committee, I'd make a bullet point list of objectives and Tom would work tirelessly, continuously, until something was finished. Tom is like a cat stalking it's prey when he's studying history."

Historical Museum Curator Tom Cummins echoed this sentiment.

"Tom's efforts are invaluable" he's very detail oriented," Cummins said. "Tom discovers things that others don't find."

Following his passion, Ladner has created, added to and utilized many web sites" both local and beyond, a number of which may be interesting to people trying to track their family's history.

First and foremost, Ladner has been a leading contributor to the Gladwin County Obituaries site spearheaded by Frei. This is the most extensive obituary site in the area and - unlike many sites of this nature" it's non-profit.

Ladner is also a wealth of knowledge for people who are not quite sure where to go when they're chasing down their family's history.

`Sons of The Union' is a site where people can trace family members who fought in the Civil War. It was through this site that Ladner found out that Marion and Francis McKimmy both battled in the Civil War.

`The Falconer of Stonebrook Manor' web page on Family Tree Maker really hooked Ladner on genealogy as well. He's attached 2,354 photos to this site and updated 142,274 names" including 43 U.S. presidents, H. H. Dow, the Wright Brothers, Amelia Earhart, William the Conqueror and Charlemagne. {These stats are referring to the LMCB the big tree on Ancestry}

Ladner has also created sites with files of Gladwin County marriages and deaths from 1875-2000. As well, he's updated `Findagrave' with a whopping 3,596 area memorials, and the WWII Memorial Registry with hundreds of Gladwin County WWII veterans.

For people looking to research family history, Ladner also recommends `GeneaNet' which he says is a global gold mine. He also said that TribalPages is another web site where someone can start an electronic file of their family tree and expand on it.

A true history buff, Ladner says he is pleased with the recognition that Gladwin County has given its past through activities like the Beaverton Centennial celebration, the Gladwin County Historical Museum, the Carriage Festival and the expansion of the Gladwin County Library.

Ladner is a Beaverton High School graduate, a life-long Beaverton resident who has recently been living in Midland. After high school Tom spent three years stationed in Osan Air base, in the Republic of South Korea, where he meet his wife, Chong Ye.
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Get started with your own genealogical journey!
Here are some of Ladner's favorite sites (some of which he contributed to): &

If you would like some help or more resources, contact the Gladwin County District Library at 989-426-8221. Our library has a great Genealogical Research room - complete with volunteers - and can put you in touch with members from the Genealogical Society. Who knows? You may want to get involved!

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RE: Re: Joseph Peto 46999380

I'm so sorry, I can't remember what my edit request was for Joseph Peto? I think I just wanted you to add to his bio??
Added by AUDREY on Apr 17, 2014 2:34 PM
Cathy Taylor
I think I found the McKimmy you are talking about. I found a memorial for Claire McKimmy who is buried in Hillcrest Cemetery. Looks like maybe it was just a number omitted. I've been so involved in completing burials and adding obits to Warren Township Cemetery that I just automatically assumed that is where she is buried. Duh........
Added by Cathy Taylor on Apr 14, 2014 7:11 AM
Cathy Taylor
Hey Tom!
I am not related to any McKimmy's (that I know of anyway), so I will gladly send any that I come across to you. But the number you gave me (10882561) can't be right. It belongs to someone named Backhaus who is buried out in Wyoming. Could you double check that number and get back to me.
Have a good one!
Added by Cathy Taylor on Apr 14, 2014 6:50 AM
A. M. P. M.
Dorothy Swarthout
Hi Thomas

I have added the additional information to Dorothy's memorial. Thank you for sharing.

Added by A. M. P. M. on Apr 13, 2014 6:41 PM
RE: Re: Alma Ringblom
great I appreciate what you are doing. I am planning to do a cemetary this summer also and didn't want to choose the same one you were working on. My grandparents and an uncle are buried in Midland Memorial Gardens so I look forward to seeing their stones added to their existing memorials.
Added by Rose on Apr 13, 2014 8:00 AM
David Eide
RE: Wilma Berk
Hello Thomas
I am researching Wilma and yes there is another memorial for her at this time under the name Wilma I Moses Paxton at the same cemetery. Her death is given a Sep. 9, 2002? I just thought that it might be good if you and beckie could get this straightened out?

Added by David Eide on Apr 12, 2014 8:51 AM
David Eide
Wilma Berk
Just wondering why there are two memorials for the same person?

Wilma I Moses Paxton memorial seems to have errors?

I was just confused by the two for a moment. Thanks
Added by David Eide on Apr 12, 2014 8:22 AM
Rev. Harold R. Sloan
Obituary posted.
Added by FrankA. on Apr 11, 2014 7:32 PM
Cathy Taylor
Methner in Warren Twp Cemetery
Hi Tom!

Did quite a bit of photographing in Warren Township Cemetery the other day and have been very busy uploading photos. Came across a page for Nora Methner #115270699. When you get a minute, could you please check this one to make sure this is the correct person for this photo. There are several discrepancies. This person is buried beside William Methner, so I'm fairly certain the headstone photo belongs to her. Let me know if I'm wrong.

Added by Cathy Taylor on Apr 11, 2014 7:31 AM
Sandie Cassiday
RE: Re: Lela M. Finch # 45466996
Oops - I see you got John William Cassiday's stone posted.
Added by Sandie Cassiday on Apr 10, 2014 6:14 AM
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