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

  • May 2, 2016: Family Bible Found! - Leaves & Branches
    Augustus Gruissy & Family, Ohio

    There are times when I wonder if anyone reads my blog or website. The goal of writing and updating these sites is to connect with cousins; hopefully to connect with cousins who we can share information with & learn more about our family.







    My website, Our Leaves & Branches, just helped me connect with a wonderful
     person who  is not related but who does have family information for me!

    Melissa, in Ohio, sent me this comment:
    “Hello, I found your site while helping a friend research an old bible that he had got at (I believe) an auction. It has some family names and dates from Phil and Mary Creasy. I wondered if anyone in the family would be interested in it.”
    Philip M. Creasy, 1867 OH – 1934 OH, is my half 2nd grand uncle. His father, Christian Gruissy, 1811 Switzerland – 1907 OH, is my 3rd great grandfather. Christian married twice, to Mary Grorisclauss, my 3rd great grandmother, and to Mary Wise, mother of Philip M. Creasy.

    Note that two of Christian’s sons, Reuben & Philip changed their surnames from Gruissy to Creasy.

    Of course, I contacted Melissa by email, letting her know that I am very interested in this Bible! We emailed back & forth and now the Bible is in the mail on its way to me! Thank you, Melissa!

    Will it give information about Philip’s father? Will my branch show up in the records? I know Philip & Mary had one son, Harry Lewis Creasy who had one daughter, Norma. Will there be more descendants of Philip & Mary?

    Maybe I should sleep next to my mailbox.


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