I'm researching both my mother's (Banghart and Richardson) and father's (Klein and Keeling) families.
My paternal grandfather, August Clarence Klein (1887-1948), was born in New Jersey ; his parents' names were Louise Gavenesch (b. 9/25/1860)and August Klein (b. 3/16/1862) both also born in NJ. Louise Gavenesch's parents came over from Hesse-Kassel in the 1850s; their names were Magdalene Kaufman and Joseph Gavenesch. My great-grandfather August Klein's parents are unknown, but also are thought to have come over from Hesse-Kassel in the 1850s. I have had no luck at all searching for Gaveneschs on the internet genealogy sites, so if anyone knows of a connection, let me know.
I have much more information on my paternal grandmother's family, since my grandmother, Maree Stone Keeling, was interested in genealogy. She came from Knoxville, Tennessee, but her mother, Jennie Dickerson, came from Giles County, Tennessee. I hope to put up a genealogy of her side of the family soon. It will include the family names of Keeling, Dickerson, Royall, Stone, and Terry, among others.
My mother's maiden name was Banghart -- there's a pretty complete genealogy published of the Banghart family, so I'm mainly interested in doing genealogical research on her mother's family, Richardson, as well as the names Hull and Blakely. The Bangharts et al were in Iowa from the middle of the 19th century, around Maquoketa and Cascade. On the Banghart side of the family, I'm particularly interested in my great aunt Inez Banghart, who appears to have been a very unusual woman -- she's something of a black sheep in the family. In the early 1920s she walked from NYC to Chicago as part of a Chataqua show, promoting women's health through walking. She was last heard of by the family in the late 1940s, although I recently found out she died in Costa Mesa California in 1967.
I have a large number of photographs, tintypes and daguerotypes from 1800s and early 1900s of family and friends in Iowa. Many of these are unidentified. Eventually I'd like to get these onto a website so people can help identify them.