Big changes have come to — all content is now read-only, and member subscriptions and the Shop have been discontinued.
Learn more

The John Decator and Gail Schlinkert Family of Michigan

Updated February 7, 2010

John Decator

Edit Your Page

Welcome to our Home Page!

We have been researching and discovering our ancestry since the ealy 1980's. We currently have more than 3200 individuals in our Family Tree Maker (version 8.0) database and it continues to grow as new leads are discovered.

Gail's ancestry is predominantly German. We have traced the SCHLINKERT surname back to Soest, Westfalen, Germany, and the early 1600's. Gail's great grandfather, JOHN JOSEPH SCHLINKERT, came to St. Clair, Michigan, in 1856. He came to the USA with two cousins, and we have been able to establish ties to nearly all the "Schlinkerts" in the USA. Other German surnames in Gail's ancestry are: SCHULTE, WULF, LUECK, WURM, and HOFFMEYER (all from Germany). Additional surnames we are researching are: KING (from Withernwick, Yorkshire, England) and ARMSTRONG (Scotland).

John's ancestry is a mixture and only the the German and Volga-German are known. Although the DECATOR surname has been found in the St. Clair County, Michigan, area since 1841, we have not been able to ascertain the origin of the name but suspect it is Dutch. Other surnames of interest are: BARKER (England) and FEHMER (Germany, emigrated in 1876 to USA.) The Volga-German surnames include: GORTE, FISCHER, and JURK, all from Reinwald, Russia, who came to the USA in the early 1900's.

We are always happy to share our information and research, and discuss discoveries and missing links. Thanks for looking at our page. (Updated 30 April 2009).

My Family History

Created with Family Tree Maker

The content shown on this page has been submitted by a customer, and is not subject to verification by Neither nor its affiliates are responsible for the accuracy of any information contained on this page. The opinions expressed on this page are the author's alone and not the opinions of

Home | Help | About Us | Site Index | Terms of Service | PRIVACY
© 2009