The Charles Rice family, circa 1926.
New to the site? No problem! The best way to find information, pictures or documents for your family is to use the search boxes at the upper left corner of the main page and locate the person you are looking for. Each person has their individual page and you will see anything connected to them there. Once on the individual pages, you can also click on the children's or parents' names to see those pages. Photo's are always at the bottom. You are welcome to scroll through the photo's or obituaries links to the left but you will scroll through literally hundreds of them to find the people you are looking for and that can take a LOT of time.
In October, 2012 while taking photos of the Smith family home in Garden Homes, Illinois we were asked to come inside for a tour by the very friendly owners. Here are the photos.
Smith, Rice, VanHaelewyn and Pudlo
This family history site is dedicated to four main families. My dad's side: Smith and Rice (main surnames are: Smith, Rice, Petersen, Linebrink, Kennel, Hughes, Dickey, Castor, Myers, Severns, King, Haynes, Church, Wineland, Stone, Crowell, Peck, Tracy, Nickerson, Williams and Snow) and my Mom's side: VanHaelewyn and Pudlo (main surnames are VanHaelewyn, Van de Poele, Pudlo and Kielbasa). My ancestors on the Smith side originate from Schleswig, Denmark and the Rices were from England, then Kerry, Ireland. My moms VanHaelewyn family comes from Klerken, Belgium and the Pudlo's were from the small village of Lubno, Austria.
Dominic and Mary Pudlo, circa 1965
This site has many useful features that are not immediately obvious. Feel free to spend a little time looking down each item in the menu to the left. You can even create your own charts and ancestry trees and find out if (and how) you are related to some of the famous
relatives you see on the site and see who shares your Birthday or Anniversary
Most people enjoy the "Notable People and Mysteries
" section to the left where you can see the not-so-common ways some people have passed away and also where you can see the famous or significant relatives we have in the tree.
Dorothy Rice Smith Branson 1925-2012
Thank you for taking a moment to check out my Family Tree. I've had (and am still having) a lot of fun "treasure hunting" for documents, information and especially old pictures about our family. Anyone that knows me is aware of my love for investigation and I started working on the family tree about fifteen years ago. Along the way I have met dozens of new cousins I didn't know I had and their generosity with information and pictures over the years has been greatly appreciated. -Andrew Smith
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Hans Smith Family History The story of Hans and Kjesten Smidt who were the first Smith's to arrive in America from Denmark in 1881 and were my third great grandparents.
John Smith Family History The story of Hans and Kjesten's son, John, and his family.
Christopher and Catharine Petersen Family History The story of Mary Petersen Smith's family arriving from Denmark through New York in 1885 and settling in Chebanse, Illinois. Mary was John Smith's wife.
George Smith Family History The story of John's son, George, and his family of 17 children.
John Isaac Smith Family History The story of George's son and my grandfather, John and his family.
Notable People & Unusual Deaths There are many notable, famous and interesting ancestors in our family as well as many out of the ordinary deaths.
Jonathan Rice Family History The story of Jonathan Rice and his eventful life including fighting in the War of 1812, marrying twice and having a total of twenty children.
Thomas Rice Family History The story of Jonathan's son, Thomas Rice, who came to Illinois from Indiana at a young age and married New York native Alice Haynes.
Charles Rice Family History The story of Thomas' son and Spanish American War veteran, Charles, and his family of eight children.
VanHaelewyn Family History Settling in Chicago, the VanHaelewyn family arrived in America from Belgium on August 25, 1910 on the Mauretania.
Pudlo & Kielbasa Family History The story of the Pudlo and Kielbasa families. Coming to America from Lubno, Austria between 1906 and 1913 and eventually settling in Joliet, Illinois and parts of Wisconsin and Indiana.
William Mont King Family History
The eventful life story of William Mont King. A widower at age 44, he was postmaster of McLean County, CIA employee, restaurant owner and even a train operator.
George Church Family History The story of prominent McLean citizen, postmaster, insurance salesman and constable George Church and his family.
Ludwig Linebrink Family History The story of German immigrant Ludwig Linebrink and his five children, three of which served in the Civil War. They were known as some of the first settlers of Defiance, Ohio.
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