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I've been researching my "roots" for over thirty years now,
and am amazed at the information that has been uncovered...
The internet has opened all kinds of new doors and has brought so many new relatives into my life.

Please feel free to browse here and if we connect, please contact me~

I hope you are able to find some of your relatives here
that will help you out in establishing your family tree and
that you will have as much fun in uncovering your roots as
I have.


Updated April 13, 2014

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  • Family of Henry & Nellie (Meyer) Koester (46 KB)
    Henry Koester (1863-1941) & wife Eleanora Christina Dorathea "Nellie" Meyer (1861-1936; and children Anna (1894-1986) and Carl (1891-1919). Picture circa 1899... Nellie was the daugher of Heinrich & Dorothea (Ritz) Meyer.
  • Meyer and Brenneisen Siblings - circa 1922 (28 KB)
    Front: Dorathea (Meyer) Brenneisen, Lizzie (Brenneisen) Meyer, and Nellie (Meyer) Koester. Back: Edward Brenneisen (Dorathea's husband), Conrad Meyer (Lizzie's husband), and John Meyer. Edward and Lizzie and brother and sister. Dorathea, Conrad, Nellie and John are brother and sister. Conrad and Lizzie are my g-grandparents.
  • Anna Koester's 90th B'day -Sept 18, 1984 (59 KB)
    Anna Koester, daughter of Henry & "Nellie" (Meyer) Koester. Granddaughter of Heinrich & Dorothea (Ritz) Meyer.
  • Carsten Heinrich Friedrich Meyer 1819-1905 (11 KB)
    "Heinrich" brought our Meyer branch from Germany to America in 1855. He was 36 years of age and left Germany with his wife, Dorathea (who never allowed a picture to be made of her) and four children: John Henry, Conrad, Dorathea and Louisa. Louisa, who was about 3 years old at the time, died aboard ship while crossing the mighty Atlantic and was buried at sea. The Meyers lived in Chicago for about 15 years before moving on to Iowa. At least 3 other children were born to Heinrich and Dorathea in America. In Germany, Heinrich was a wagon builder. He was a farmer in Iowa. Heinrich is my g-g-grandfather
  • George A Peterson- Olaf's only sibling adopted out (64 KB)
    Anton Sahlbom was left with 2 small boys when his wife, Mathilda Dahlstedt, froze to death in Minnesota,in a mining camp while he was gone.. Anton allowed Frank and Christine Peterson, acquaintances, to adopt George, and he became George Alfred Peterson, forever lost to his Sahlbom family...George was born 24th of April, 1887, and the Peterson's filed for adoption on July 5, 1888. George died on 21 Aug 1946, in Seattle, Washington, not 60 mile from where his brother lived...It took over 110 years for the two families to become acquainted again! This photo was sent to me by Monte, George's grandson,who discovered his grandfather's birth name of "Sahlbom" and located us through the internet! Thanks, Monte, for helping bring the family back full circle! :)
  • Louis & Lena (Otto) Meyer (106 KB)
    Louis was the 2nd child of Conrad & Lizzie (Brenneisen) Meyer. He was born 25 Sept 1876, in Benton County, Iowa. On 3 July 1900, he was wed to Lena Wilhemina Otto, in Ionia, Iowa.
  • James Lytle Frazee 1803-1888 (27 KB)
    James was born Sept 12, 1803, in Westmoreland Co, PA, son of Joshua & Nancy (Reed) Frazee. He married Susannah Harris on March 16, 1826. James died Oct 14, 1884, in Chickasaw County, Iowa. He was my great-great-great grandfather.
  • Children of James Lytle Frazee - circa 1912 (10 KB)
    Front: Elizabeth (Frazee) Jarrad 1834-1919; Nancy Jane (Frazee)Campbell 1832-1931. Back: Benjamin Frazee 1828-1914; John Frazee (my g-g-grandfather) 1941-1917.
  • Ernest August Meyer (27 KB)
    Ernest was the 4th child of Conrad & Lizzie (Brenneisen) Meyer. He was born 21 Oct 1879. ON 30th March 1910, he wed Edith May Bell, daughter of George & Martha (Arnold) Bell.
  • Joseph H Beckwith & 2nd wife - Rosanna Silvis (62 KB)
    Joseph was born June 21, 1821, in Whitehall, Washington Co, NY to Dyer & Susannah (Bartholomew) Beckwith. Three marriages: 1) Lucinda Almira Wood; 2) Rosanna (Shook) Silvis; 3)Abigail J. Williams. Joseph lived in Floyd County, Iowa. He died June 17, 1898. He's my g-g-g-grandfather.
  • Cyrena Sarah (Beckwith) Frazee 1845-1909 (11 KB)
    Cyrena Sarah Beckwith was born 8 Jun 1845 in Whitehall, New York, to Joseph H Beckwith & Lucinda Almira Wood. She married John Frazee 24 Apr 1868 in Chickasaw Co, Iowa. They had 8 known children together. Cyrena died 9 Nov 1909 in Iowa. She was my g-g-grandmother... I have a pair of mittens that she knitted for my grandmother (Effie Tolle) when she was born in 1892
  • Glencora Frazee -- My great grandmother 1870-1953 (42 KB)
    This is a portrait of Cora Frazee, ca 1890, who was born Apr 14, 1870, in Bassett, Iowa, to John & Cyrena (Beckwith) Frazee. She married James Henry Tolle on 13 Aug 1891. Jim and Cora had 10 children - one son to die in infancy. Then there were 8 girls (the oldest my grandmother, Mary Effie Tolle) and one son, Glenn Frazee Tolle. My grandmother - Effie - was born in the same house as her mother, my great-grandmother Cora. Cora died in 1953, and is buried beside her husband, Jim, in Beckwith Cemetery, in Charles City, Iowa. Jim, however, outlived his beloved wife by 10 years...passing away in 1963.
  • Mary Elizabeth (Meyer) Olvera (94 KB)
    Mary was the 5th child of Conrad & Lizzie (Brenneisen) Meyer. She was born 3 Feb 1881. Her 2nd marriage was to Celestino Olvera. Mary was a professional photographer.
  • ISAAC & MARY ELIZ (PIERCE) HEADLEY - 1892/93 (200 KB)
    ISAAC is the son of David & Jane (Moore) Headley. He is the brother of my g-g-grandmother, Susan (Headley) Tolle. Back Row: his children Cora Ann 1873-1950; James Sherman 1878-1950; Edward Oscar 1868-1959; and Sarah Jane 1871-1960. Front Row: Dau Catherine Bessie 1880-1960; ISAAC 1842-1936; and his wife Mary Elizabeth (Pierce) Headley 1848-1928. Copy of photo sent to me by Peggy Burnett - courtesy of Shirley Dunkle Peterson.
  • Henry & Pauline (Roethler) Meyer (105 KB)
    Henry was the 6th child of Conrad & Lizzie (Brenneisen) Meyer, born 13 Sept 1882. He wed Pauline J Roethler. The couple had no children. Polly died in 1952 and Henry in 1960.
    Hannah is the dau of David and Jane (Moore) Headley. Her date of birth is as of yet unknown. She married John Cunningham and this is believed to be their son, William, in the picture. Hannah died Nov 15, 1927, in Whatcom County, Washington.
  • Family of Elijah & Susan (Headley) Tolle - 1888 (32 KB)
    Taken at Norton, Kansas, March 1888. Standing: Frank, Lilly, James Henry and Minnie. Seated: Elijah and Susan (Headley) Tolle (my g-g-grandparents)
  • William & Phoebe (Thomas) Tolle :g-g-g-grandparent (29 KB)
    William was born 22 Jan 1809 in Virginia to William and Diana (Benham) Tolle. He died 13 Mar 1891 in Fairfield, Nebraska. Phoebe was was the daughter of Nathan and Margaret (Metts) Thomas. They were married 21 June 1834, in Mason County, Kentucky.
  • Edna (Rollier) weds Adolph Katz (59 KB)
    Edna was the 4th child of Paul & Ernestine (Brenneisen) Rollier,born 28 July 1899. She web Adolph 25 Apr 1917, in New Hampton, Iowa. The couple had one son, Melvin Lloyd Katz.
  • Benjamin F. & "Maggie" (Harden) Headley (131 KB)
    Ben is the son of David & Jane (Moore) Headley. He served in the Civil War in Company(H)of the 101st Ind. Vol.Infantry Regiment of the United States. He was wounded in the Battle of Chickamauga in Georgia and was discharged. Ben had no children to survive him - 2 sons David Morrison Headley and Seth Thomas Headley dying in 1882 and losing four children in infancy. He was married 8 times according to his brother's statement.
  • Frazee Farm - Settled by Frazee's in 1852 - Iowa (20 KB)
    Frazee House - north of Bassett, Iowa. Where my grandmother (Mary Effie Tolle in 1892)and her mother (Glencora Eliz. Frazee in 1870)were born.. Believe Frazee descendants still live in the house..
  • Emil Johan Arthur Rollier (60 KB)
    2nd child of Paul & Ernestine (Brenneisen) Rollier, born 11 July 1891, in Lutherville, Arkansas. He wed Irma Anderson in Sept 1930, in St. Louis, Missouri.
  • HANS LUDVIG NYGAARD 1901-1985; my great-uncle (52 KB)
    Ludvig was the 7th child born to Hans Jacob Lyshaug/Nygaard/Bratvold & Johanna Olson. He was one of 5 of 11 children of this couple who emigrated to America from Nannestad, Maura, Norway. He is my great uncle.
  • Carl & Anna (Ehlers) Meyer * Wedding * circa 1887 (172 KB)
    Carl (son of Heinrich) b. Jan 30, 1864, Cook Co, ILL, died 1938, and his bride, Anna Ehlers. (My great-great-uncle)
  • Edward & Mary Elizabeth (Brenneisen) Funte (106 KB)
    Mary was the 4th child of Edward & Dorothea (Brenneisen) Meyer. She wed Ed Funte on 8 Sept 1897. The couple had 3 children: Earl R, Iola Dorothea, and Frank Lee Funte. Earl died at an early age.
    This picture is of my grandmother and 3 of her siblings and her parents in Norway.. Her parents (my g-grandparents) were: Hans Jacob Lyshaug/Nygaard/Bratvold (unsure of which last name he used) & wife, Johanna Olson; and I'm assuming their four oldest children: left to right: Ole Christian Nygaard, Jonny Kristine Nygaard, Bertha Marie Nygaard (my grandmother), and Lars Oscar Nygaard. The couple had 11 children altogether - 5 emigrated to America. Special thanks to Leonard & LaVonne Nygaard, Austrid Kriege and Nancy (Nygaard) Teigen for sharing their knowledge of our Nygaard family with me!
  • James Lytle & Susannah (Harris) Frazee (322 KB)
    My g-g-g-grandparents, taken from a tintype sent to my by Julia Meyer. ThANKS Julie! James was born 13 Sept 1803, and Susannah was born 21 July 1803, in Maryland. They had four children: Benjamin, Nancy Jane, Elizabeth and John.
  • Jens Thorolf Bratvold 1906-1979: My great-uncle (21 KB)
    Jens was the 9th child born to Hans Jacob Larsen and Johanna Olsen in Maura, Nannestad, Norway. Me married Martha Karoline Ellingsen and they had two daughters, Tove & Randi, who reside in Norway.
  • Earnestine (Brenneisen) Rollier 1864-1932 (50 KB)
    Earnestine, dau of Jacob Brenneisen. B. 11 Nov 1864 in Germany. D. 30 Oct 1932. Married Paul Rollier 20 May 1889, in Lutherville, Arkansas. Had 3 sons (Rufus, Arthur and Walter) and 1 dau (Edna). Sister of of my g-grandmother, Lizzie (Brenneisen) Meyer...
  • Bertha Marie (Hansen Nygaard) Sahlbom 1892-1943 (165 KB)
    This is my grandmother - born 13 Apr 1892 in Maura, Nannestad, Norway. Came to America alone at age 16. Her brothers came ahead and sent her the money to make the journey.. First husband - Andrew Paul Hansen, by whom she had two children to survive- Glen and Ruby; div'd and married my grandfather, Olaf S Sahlbom and had four children: Arlene (my mom), George, Kenneth and Eugene. Marie died August 16, 1943, in Bellingham, Washington.
  • Inger Maria Karlsdatter - born 1837, Norway (102 KB)
    Inger Maria Karlsdatter was born 1837 in Norway. She is my g-g-grandmother! Thanks to Ola & Tove & Rune in Norway for sending me this photo!
  • Children of Carl & Anna (Ehlers) Meyer: Circa 1897 (42 KB)
    Back: Eleonora "Nora" (b 1890), John Henry (b. 1892), Dietrick "Dick" (b 1888); Front: Emma (b. 1894), Elizabeth (b 1898) and Henry (b. 1896). Four more children born after this portrait. This portrait was taken in Paullina, Iowa.
  • Katherine (Brenneisen) Young and Chlrn: circa 1900 (6 KB)
    "Katie" (Brenneisen) Young - dau of Edward and Dorothea (Meyer) Brenneisen, with her children - Raymond (b. Dec 1897) and Florence (b. June 1894). Katie was born in 1869 in Illinois.
  • Byron M Meyer - WWII U.S.Navy - 1916-1986 (10 KB)
    My Dad - Byron Melvin Meyer - son of Wm. August Meyer and Mary Effie (Tolle).. Born 18 June 1916 in Floyd County, Iowa. Died 26 June 1986 in Birmingham, Alabama, of leukemia.
  • MINDA LOUISE BRATVOLD - 1904-1982: my great-aunt (66 KB)
    This photo is of Minda (Bratvold) & Svere Ruud. Minda Louise Bratvold was the 8th child born to Hans Jakob Larsen-Nygaard-Bratvold & Johanna Olsen on August 21, 1867, in Norway. Minda married Svere Ruud and had four children. Minda was only 4 years old when her sister, my grandmother, left Norway for America. How exciting to see this picture of my great-aunt! Thanks to Ola & Tove Bråthen in Norway for sharing this picture!
  • Henry Brenneisen b. 1874 (24 KB)
    Henry was the son of Edward and Dorothea (Meyer) Brenneisen. B. 1874. Died Nov 18, 1910, in Walla Walla, Washington.
  • HELGA JOHANNA NYGAARD 1899-1991: My great-aunt (12 KB)
    Helga Johanna Nygaard was born May 11, 1899, in Norway to Hans Jakob Larsen-Nygaard-Bratvold & Johanna Olsen. She married Olaf Myrvold and had six children. Helga was 9 years old when her sister, my grandmother, Berthe Marie Hansen Nygaard, set sail from Norway to America. Thanks so much to Ola & Tove Bråthen in Norway for sharing these pictures!
  • Olaf Severine Sahlbom - my Grandfather 1884-1942 (21 KB)
    Olaf Severine Sahlbom was born in Tunadel Village, Skon Parrish, Sweden, on 23 Oct 1884, to Anton Wilhelm Sahlbom & Mathilda Kristina Dahlstedt. He was about 3 yrs of age when he and his mother came to America to join Anton... He died in Bellingham, Washington, on 4 Dec 1942.
  • Johanna (Olsen) Nygaard and 3 children - 1909 (74 KB)
    Johanna Nygaard (1867-1931)is holding her son, Karl Johann Bratvold (1908-1992), on his christening day in 1909 in Nannestad, Akershus, Norway. Her daughters in the back are: Jonny Kristine Nygaard (1894-1980) and Anna Karoline Nygaard (1897-1925). Johanna is my great-grandmother. Her daughter, my grandmother - Berthe Marie Nygaard - left Norway for America in 1908 joining two older brothers, Lars & Ole Nygaard, already in America. Five of Johanna's 11 children left Norway to find a new life in America.
  • Reuben St. John & Emily (Beckwith) Huffman (15 KB)
    Reuben (1845-1921) & Emily (1855-1935) - Emily is the sister to my g-g-grandmother, Cyrena Sarah (Beckwith) Frazee...
  • John Frazee (my g-g-grandfather) 1841-1917 (28 KB)
    John Frazee was the youngest child of James Lytle & Susannah (Harris) Frazee. Born 5 Feb 1841 in Clinton Co, Ind. He was 11 yrs old when the family moved to Iowa. He attended Upper State Univ in Fayette, Iowa, for a time, and was a freshman in the Class of 1865. John married Cyrena Sarah Beckwith and they had 6 known children - 3 to die in their childhood - 2 of diphtheria. John taught some in the county schools. He was a farmer. He also served two terms in the Iowa State legislature - 1894 & 1896. In the 1880 Census record for Chickasaw twp, we find his father, James Lytle Frazee, age 76, in the household. In the 1900 Census, his brother-in-law, David O Beckwith, is found living in the household. John passed away on November 7, 1917, as was buried beside his beloved wife, who preceded him in death in 1909. They are buried in Beckwith Cemetery in Floyd County, Iowa.
  • Will & Effie Meyer - 1946 (170 KB)
    L to R: Edna (Meyer) Jacobson-dau of Will & Effie; Emma (Gillsbeck) Frazee -Effie's aunt by marriage to John D Frazee; Will Meyer and wife Effie (Tolle) Meyer; and Lyle Jacobson - husband of Edna. Taken in Charles City, Iowa, September 1946.
  • Jim & Cora Tolle's 59th Anniv - 1950 (80 KB)
    My great-grandparents, James Henry "Jim" Tolle & Glencora Elizabeth "Cora" (Frazee) on their 59th wedding anniversary - August 31, 1950.
  • DAVID HEADLEY (my g-g-g-grandfather - b. 1787) (40 KB)
    David was born about 1787 in Pennsylvania, according to the 1850 and 1860 Census Records. He was married to Jane Moore (possibly other wives before her since he's 19 years her senior) and several children were born: David, Hannah, Susan (1837), Benjamin (1841), Isaac (1842), Griffery (1844), Sarah J (1846), and James M (1849). Most of the children were born in Ohio.
  • Eleanora "Nellie" (Meyer) Koester - 1861-1936 (122 KB)
    Dau of Carsten Heinrich Friedrich Meyer & Anna Dorothea (Ritz). Born June 21, 1861, in Cook Co., Illinois. Married Henry Koester. Had 3 children - one son to die in infancy. Nellie died May 22, 1936, in Paullina, O'Brien County, Iowa. Nellie would be my great-great-aunt.
  • Bertha Marie Nygaard's Confirmation Picture (74 KB)
    This picture came from Norway, and is my Grandmother's Confirmation Photo. She was probably around 14 or 15 which would make the date around 1906. She immigrated to the United States at the age of 16 in 1908.
  • Jonathan & Debbia (Tolle) Sumner (73 KB)
    Jonathan Franklin Sumner wed Debbia Ann Tolle on 30 June 1881 in Clay Center, Clay County, Nebraska. Debbia is the sister of my g-grandfather, James Henry Tolle.
  • Carl John Edward Meyer & Katherina Moeller (115 KB)
    Carl was the oldest child of Conrad & Elizabeth (Brenneisen) Meyer. He was born 17 Oct 1874. On 28 Aug 1901, he wed Katherina A Moeller.

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