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Laurie S Keller (AKA Laurie Kirby) (#47378512)
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Bio Photo I started research into my family history over 50 years ago, as part of an 7th grade project; the itch to find out has never left me. I welcome the speed and spread of the internet -- before that it was a matter of making guesses, writing letters to overworked (and possibly annoyed) county clerks or historical societies and hoping to get a positive reply back.

Though I was born in Chicago, I come from a Minnesota family and feel my closest ties to that state.

My lines are: Smith (and what a difficult search that has been!), Ekman (Sweden), Shaleen (Sweden), Wallmark (Sweden), Kuhnau (Germany),Thiele (Germany), Phelan (Ireland). In addition I've done my husband's family links in England where I now live: Kirby, Wood, Coates.
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John Hochstein
Charles Winzer
Hi I am Violet Kuhnaus son John Hochstein could you tell me the story about Charles helping your family in 1901 my emila is
Added by John Hochstein on Mar 17, 2017 3:53 PM
C. Rose
Re maiden name : It was common for a step-child, legitimate or not, to take the name of the step-father. I have that in my family as well.
Added by C. Rose on Mar 15, 2017 9:27 AM
RE: Martha Ann Tryon Cuthberston
You can go in and delete. I did that side quite awhile ago. Are you looking for Tryons. I descend from Levi Tryon through James & Morris Tryon. James & Morris were brothers. Basically my maternal great grandparents were 2nd cousins and married. I have alot of info on the Tryons. If you need any info contact me at Would be glad to help. Thanks Linda
Added by shorty53 on Mar 12, 2017 2:26 PM
Martha Ann Tryon Cuthberston
Hi Laurie I just notice that you have also added Martha Ann Tryon Cuthberston Find A Grave #170097514. I had added Martha Ann Tryon Cuthberston Find A Grave #120496920 was added on Jan 24 2014. She is a 1st Cousin 3rd removed. I added her and her husband in 2014. Thank you Linda Remillard
Added by shorty53 on Mar 11, 2017 1:06 PM
Brian DesErmia
William Tryon
Hi Laurie,

Can you tell me where you found the 1880 census for William and Lucy Tryon? I searched on the familysearch website and didn't see it. I wanted to see where they were living in 1880. I found them on the 1870 census living in Genesee Co. Possibly their name is spelled a different way? I want to try to find a date of death for at least one of them.

Added by Brian DesErmia on Mar 05, 2017 1:57 PM
Ella Ann Renn Shoebridge
Hi Laurie: Sorry, I reread your message about Ella Shoebridge being a witness at Ruby's wedding, so I guess it would be the same Ella. I will put a note on her memorial about our findings and let the readers decide. Regards...
Added by Chris on Jan 10, 2017 9:07 AM
Ella Ann Renn Shoebridge
Hello Laurie: I did a little more research and there were actually TWO Ella Renns, born about the same time, living in MI. Perhaps the other ELLA married Melvin Tryon? I don't think I should add Melvin to Ella's memorial without concrete proof. Regards...
Added by Chris on Jan 10, 2017 9:03 AM
Ella Ann Renn Shoebridge
Hello Laurie: You sent me this information on Ella:
"Ella was married to Melvin L. Tryon (born in New York state in 1857 or 1858), who died in Day, Montcalm, Michigan December 21, 1822. They had a daughter, Ruby Tryon, born March 21, 1881 in Day." Don't you mean that Melvin died in 1922? Also, it must have been a short marriage because she married Shoebridge in 1884. Do you have documentation for her marriage to Melvin Tryon?
Added by Chris on Dec 05, 2016 7:11 AM
Charles Sampson
I have made your correction. Thank You Joe
Added by DHB on Nov 12, 2016 9:25 AM
Virginia Doudney Chastain
Would you please look at the changes and see if I understood them correctly. Is the military memorial incorrect?

Added by Virginia Doudney Chastain on Nov 02, 2016 1:42 PM
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