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Name: Vern Bouwman <>
Date: 2014-07-31
Surname you are searching for? Barnett
They were from? England
Earliest known ancestor? William

Name: Vern Bouwman <>
Date: 2014-07-31
Surname you are searching for? Bouwman
They were from? Netherlands
Earliest known ancestor? Jacob Bouwman

Name: Vern Bouwman <>
Date: 2014-07-31
Surname you are searching for? Sheckler
They were from? Germany
Earliest known ancestor? 1750


Name: Peggy Fischer <>
Date: 2013-08-26
Surname you are searching for? Feltenbarger
They were from? Allegan / Monterrey areas
Earliest known ancestor? Josiah Feltenbarger
I will be comingfrom western Wisconsin to do research...will be stopping during your open Wed hours on Oct.9...

Name: Mary Hondorp <>
Date: 2013-07-25
Surname you are searching for? Koster
They were from? The Netherlands
Earliest known ancestor? Lijkele (Nick) Koster
My grandfather had a farm in Dorr Michigan and I am looking for the street address and any other information regarding his farm. I have a picture of a house and see in the census he lived in Dorr Michigan.

Thanks for your help.


Name: Elizabeth O'Brien <>
Date: 2012-06-26
Surname you are searching for? Joy Holloway Taylor
They were from? Saugatuck
Earliest known ancestor? Cora Bliss Taylor, mother
I am trying to find a NOK for Joy Holloway Taylor who died September 17, 2010 in the Tender Care Nursing home in Kalamazoo, and was taken to Sparrow Hospital in Lansing, MI. Research shows Cora Bliss Taylor and James William Taylor on Joy's birth cert. September 15, 1915; Joy, her parents and two younger sisters, Florence and Gloria, are listed in the U.S. 1930 Census. After the 1930 census, my research comes to a dead end. shows a family tree link begins with Joy's grandfather, his daughter, Cora and beneath Cora a daughter who had a duaghter, who had a son, who had a daughter. Beyond Cora on this tree there is only the relationship of the progeny and nothing else. It is possible that either the son or his daughter may be living. If they are the decedents of Joy Holloway Taylor, it would give Sparrow Hospital a NOK for Joy.
Any assist you might have would be helpful.


Name: L. Yonkers <>
Date: 2012-02-10
Surname you are searching for? Burke
They were from? Allegan County, MI
Earliest known ancestor? William Burke
Searching for any genealogical info on Willim Joseph Burke

Name: Tim Marsh <>
Date: 2011-04-20
Surname you are searching for? Hartwell Harvey and Allice
They were from? Wayland and Shelbiville
Earliest known ancestor? Harvey and Allice
We are planning a trip to Wayland next Wednesday the 27th.
We (the Hartwell's) would like to find the old homes. One in Wayland and one in Shellbiville. Would it be possible for us to stop by your place first? Were not sure of the addresses.
I would be more than willing to become a member and If there is a fee for you to open up a little early, we would be more than willing to make a donation. My Aunt will be coming with us she is 82yrs old.We Tim Marsh 269-341-4311


Name: William Mains Neuman <>
Date: 2011-01-12
Surname you are searching for? Neuman
They were from? Bohemian Austria
Earliest known ancestor? Joseph and Frank Neuman
Nearly 50 years ago my great aunt, Frank Neuman's granddaughter, Alice Neuman of Grand Rapids, helped me draw up a family tree from her prodigious memory. I have recently gone online with to plug it all in. Great aunt Alice told me that three brothers- John (1826), Frank (1831) and Ferdinand (Fred)(1837) Neuman originally came from "Germany," with Frank settling in Dorr, MI., the other two in New York and Texas.

From my research on Ancestry. com I found clear documentation that all three brothers came from Bohemian Austria and settled in Dorr. Living with brother John's family was an older man Joseph Neuman who was born in 1795, also from Bohemia (see1860 census). Though my great aunt never mentioned a member of an even earlier generation immigrating also, I am assuming this Joseph was either the three son's father or perhaps an uncle. Later another Joseph Neuman (also 1826 like John Neuman) arrives. He must be the grocer your lead article speaks of. Frank Neuman (1831) would be the Dorr founder of the same article, builder of the 1857 House.

After this rather long preamble, my question is, can you tell me if Joseph Neuman (1826) is a late arriving brother or cousin of the other three Neuman brothers? And consequently is the elder Joseph Neuman (1795), who is living with John (1826) in 1860 census, his father or an uncle who is the father only of the later arriving Joseph (1826)? Or is he the father of all four? I think the family first started to arrive in the mid to late 1850's so information before the 1850 census is missing. There must be information out there somewhere I just haven't been able to find it.

If you have any detailed information about this early Dorr settler family that could answer this quandry I would be delighted to hear from you.

Thank you for your consideration, William Neuman, Seattle, WA


Name: Sandra Scholtz <>
Date: 2010-10-05
Surname you are searching for? Colby
They were from? Michigan
Just surfing the net and found you. Very nice website.

Name: Pat Brewer <>
Date: 2010-02-09
Good Job Kay! Pat

Name: Kay Franklin-King <>
Date: 2010-02-06
Surname you are searching for? Franckowiak
They were from? Poznan, Poland
Earliest known ancestor? Jon Franckowiak
Nice website! Keep up the good work.