Steve - July 2013

It’s Labor Day weekend–how appropriate for starting a labor of love. I’ve finally jumped on the blogging bandwagon–a few years late but zero dollars short. This will be about my trip down the rabbit hole of studying Family History; unlike some others in this hobby, I consider the difference between the “Genealogy” and “Family History” insignificant.

My 20-plus-year quest to find as many ancestors, aunts and uncles, and cousins (close or distant, full or removed, living or dead) has yielded some fascinating results as well as a whole boatload of mysteries still to be solved. I’ve been swinging the sledgehammer to break some of those brick walls down, so I’m hoping to get some help from my readers.

My specialty and strongest interest is in collecting old photographs and ephemera.

My research recently has branched out from my own relatives to those of in-laws of mine and spouses of relatives. Right at the moment I’m concentrating on family members of my stepson and his wife, hoping to have a book ready by this coming Christmas.

Here is a partial list of the surnames I’m working on, in no particular order:

Winget, Castle, Carson, Littlejohn, Boggs, Gray, Haye, Neubauer, Grochowski, Loiry, Fairweather, Merrill, Price, Windhusen, Adams, Gleeson, Theilig, Lemaire, Braband, Locker, Dalton, Tanner, Durham, Anderson, Gray, Knopsnyder, Gabriel, Altendorf, Rydzewski, Steiper, Alfs and Lawrence.

First of all, a quick thanks to Lisa Louise Cooke at lisalouisecooke.com and her Genealogy Gems empire–(dare I call it that?)–for inspiring me.

I look forward to this adventure, and I invite you to enjoy it with me.

~ Steve Winget


  1. This is great Steve. Looking forward to reading more. Wish I had time to do more of our family history. Bob did it before he passed away. Got a lot done on his side but didn’t get my side done.

  2. It sounds as if you are involved in an interesting journey….My son Zach sent me a link to your blog so of course I had to check it out! Let me know if I may be of service with any of your research.

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