Welcome to Our Leaves & Branches!

Welcome to all of you family members, genealogists and internet wanderers. My family tree is actually a forest of assorted names and locations. Check out the branches to discover if you share a leaf or two.

Surnames (above and to the right). Here are the main family trees. My goal is to include names, dates, descendants, photographs, documents  & sources for my information. These names link to locations & cemeteries. Related? Contact me to share & compare.

Locations (above and to the right). Here you can find my family names associated with each location, useful websites and blogs, books, maps and other resources that are helpful for research there. Do you have a favorite resource:  archive, book, website to share? Let me know.

Cemeteries (above). The final resting places of my ancestors. Names, dates, maps & photographs are here.

Also visit my blog, Leaves & Branches for information on my current research, new discoveries, missing ancestors, memories and other miscellaneous posts. See the latest post below.

This website is always changing as I include newly uncovered information. Check back soon for more content! – - – Colleen

Latest Post from Leaves & Branches

  • April 19, 2014: Happy Easter! - Leaves & Branches

    Happy Easter!

    When we think of Easter we think of baskets of chocolate treats and pots of spring flowers. As a little girl [see above] the thing I liked best was getting a new Easter outfit. I loved the patent leather shoes, the little white gloves & purse, the hat with long ribbons that hung down my back and a pretty dress with a full skirt that would flare out when I spun around. 

    I remember walking into church with my brothers in their new suits and my mother in a lovely dress & new hat. I felt like a little princess in all my finery. The sun would shine in through the stained glass windows and all our neighbors and friends who had looked so gray through the long winter would sparkle to life. 

    Halfway through Mass my white ankle socks would slip down into those shiny new shoes, my white gloves would get hot and the thin elastic thread holding on my hat would cut into my chin. My brothers would start to fidget as their new shoes pinched their toes and their ties tightened. My mother would only have to glance up from her prayer book to remind us to sit still and keep our attention on the altar. When the Latin prayers and songs were over we would walk out with big smiles on our faces and thoughts of chocolate bunnies.

    May this Easter bring many blessings & happy memories to you & yours!
    Colleen

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