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KarenF (#47913264)
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You can reach me at gene dot seeker at yahoo dot com

My initial foray into genealogy was a 5th grade project, in which I drew my first family tree. I have seriously been researching my family history for the past 15 years. My day job is a scientist and professor at a prestigious research institute. Accordingly, I love the investigative nature of genealogy that relies on fact searching and instinct.

My roots run deep in the history of the US tracing back to Joel Gibson, the revolutionary war veteran who died in Henderson, KY. My dad is a direct male descendant of Joel, and his DNA analysis suggests this Gibson line likely came from Ireland.

My mom's ancestors were German farmers who pioneered Indiana in response to the 1862 Homestead act. There's a sprinkling of Irish (Dublin area) in her ancestors, too.

My husband's family is a 20th century immigrant story from Co. Armagh, Northern Ireland and the Trois Rivières region of Québec. The Irish line is likely Scots-Irish, but it is hard to trace earlier than the 1850s due to limitations in the Irish records. On the other hand, the French Canadian line, which was Roman Catholic and well documented by the Drouin collection, goes back to 16th century France.

Surnames I'm mainly interested in include:

Virginia --> Kentucky
(Mostly) German Catholics in Indiana
(Some) Irish Catholics in Indiana, Michigan and Canada
From Co. Armagh, N. Ireland to Connecticut and Astoria, NY
From Québec to Massachusetts and RI
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Karen Measel
RE: 144229877
Margaret Frank Scheibelhut was Frank's 1st wife they were married in 1898 after her death he married Alice Wixted in 1926. I think her birth year is confusing as her death certificate # 125806 witnessed by her husband Frank gives 1871 so does the 1900 census. But the Tombstone , 1910 & 1920 census gives 1869. I will change it to 1869 and note that other sources gives 1871.

Added by Karen Measel on Jan 21, 2016 9:28 PM
Joe Nihen
RE: William Smith grave photo
Thank you, Karen. I appreciate the time and effort you spent in the attempt to find William Smith's grave.

Best wishes,


Added by Joe Nihen on Jan 17, 2016 9:10 AM
Andrew Burdett
RE: Francis Walker grave photo
Thank you so much for taking the time to look. (Francis is my wife's grandfather).
Added by Andrew Burdett on Jan 17, 2016 8:16 AM
David Melton
Shelton Family
Thanks for the edits. Are you related to the Sheltons? MY 2nd greatgrandmother was a Shelton. Could be related? Thanks Dave
Added by David Melton on Aug 25, 2015 6:12 AM
Mrs Fenton
RE: Lizzie Overfield
You are most welcome! My grandmother was a Gibson, so of course I had to find out & add any missing memorials to the web site. She has a beautiful stone! Just needs a good cleaning.
Added by Mrs Fenton on Aug 22, 2015 2:14 PM
paul heckler
I transferred him over to you :)
Added by NoreenP on Apr 13, 2015 10:50 AM
paul heckler
i just received your edits for paul. I was wondering if you were related to him? If so do u want me to transfer him to you?
Added by NoreenP on Apr 11, 2015 8:25 PM
Norma Maron Hughes
Location of Gibson Family Cemetery
I think the location of the cemetery is a little off. It is on Hughes-Sights Rd, just southeast of 4150 Hughes-Sights Rd. I also added 2 photos taken in 2012 that may help people locate the cemetery. I, too, am a descendant of Joel Gibson.
Added by Norma Maron Hughes on Feb 25, 2015 8:16 AM
James and Sharon Cissell
Anne Isabella Shanks Thompson
Thank you Linda for the memorial of my great great grandmother. I'm very appreciative!
Added by James and Sharon Cissell on Feb 21, 2015 2:09 PM
B.G. Wiehle
Avondale: James Griffin and mother-in-law
Hi! Added photos for James Griffin (#113506388) and mother-in-law! Genevieve Bondy (not Griffin) (#113506415).
Added by B.G. Wiehle on Oct 24, 2014 5:53 PM
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