I think began genealogical research in the mid-1970s. These were the days when we reviewed records by microfilm and books, etc. Over the years, I have accumulated a lot of material.

I have six family history books that I have written and making them available on CD or thumb drive.

For information, my email address is search@xmission.com.


VANDEGRIFT HISTORY — There is a Chinese Proverb, “To forget one’s ancestors is to be a brook without a source, a tree without a root.” This history has been lying in my computer screaming to be set free because there is so much to say. The words were found in files from here and there, some beginning forty-five years ago. It has nearly 500 pages. It covers some early history and the descendants of Leonard Vandegrift who was born May 18, 1799 in Pennsylvania. The contents speaks of the Mayflower and Hanna White. Chapters: 1-Descendants of Anthonis; 2-Ancestors; 3-Mary Ann; 4-Emzey; 5-Isabelle; 6-Samuel; 7-Rebecca; 8-Rebecca; 9-Evans; 10-Leonard. It concludes with early Owen White history and the :Siege of Fort William Henry (1757).

REYNOLDS FAMILY HISTORY. 165 pages, 8 1/2 x 11. William Reynolds history, Risinger Bristo Reynolds & Ella Margaret Meader, Lynn Reynolds & Martha Boll, Lois Margaret Reynolds, Err Neal Reynolds, Dean Lyle Reynolds, Ancestor Information, Pearson information, Hollingsworth information, Descendants of Francis Reynolds, other stories of interest, and“TheWoman Who Gave” by Dean Reynolds.

COLBY FAMILY HISTORY. 129 pages, 8 ½ x 11. Overview of early Colby history. Chapters: Introduction, Colby’s of America; families of: Enos Page Colby, Clarence Enos Colby, Burton A. Colby, and Lucia Alice Colby. There is history, stories, etc., in each chapter. In one chapter, there are letters beginning in 1886 that tell current events.

MEEDER FAMILY HISTORY. 160 pages, 8 1/2 x 11. Chapters are: Daniel Meder, William Meeder, William Israel Meeder, Sherman Meeder, Franklin L. Meeder, Mary E. Meeder, Herbert Lawrence Meeder, Ella Margaret Meader and Charles Benton Meader. They include genealogy, history, stories and pictures.

NANCY WILLARD VANDEGRIFT. 178 pages, 8 1/2 x 11. This is primarily a history focused on four generations for Nancy Lee Willard: Descendants of Frank C. Willard & Esther L. Tuttle, Arthur L. Ridgman & Gertrude E. Percy, Francis Robert Woodiwiss & Emma Jane Thayer and Edwin Earl Simpson & Myrtle Jane Sprague. It includes genealogy, history, stories and pictures.

LOVE IN A CEDAR CHEST. 164 pages, 8 1/2 x 11. I always thought I knew pretty much about who mom and dad were. I knew when and where they were born. I thought that I knew their personalities and what made them tick. I knew their parents, my grandparents, and their personalities. But what I didn’t know, was what they were like when they were young, and when there were great hopes for the future. We didn’t know about the lifestyles of the times, how some thought and the words and humor they used, their dreams and aspirations, and blossoming of love. We lived in Nebraska and “Love in a Cedar Chest” primarily takes place around St. Libory, Saint Paul, Dannebrog, and Grand Island. It is based upon the love letters they wrote from when they first met in 1924 until their marriage in 1926. It depicts culture, customs and history, and how people in the 1920s thought, and what they endured.