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Valerie's Family Research Web Page

A work in progress ...
Index of Families

Not all the families listed here are affiliated with one another, though several are in some way.

Baugh
Bullock
Burdick
Capels
Carroll
Findlay
Gumpert
Kaple
Kennedy
Shupe
Smidt




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Valerie Capels


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Family Histories
compiled by Valerie Capels

These links lead to brief descriptions below
Baugh * Bullock * Burdick *Capels * Carroll * Findlay * Gumpert * Kaple * Kennedy * Shupe * Smidt

I've been researching my family history for many years.  In the course of this, I've also had the pleasure of researching histories of other families and friends.  Through this site I hope to present this collected information for the benefit of others also researching those families.  Perhaps they will find new information and connections--or have new information to offer.

This compilation is about more than bare facts and statistics.  All of the families and individuals presented here were real people who lived and died among us and their communities.  They had dreams and tried to make their way.  Most experienced youth, the tribulations of raising a family, the struggles of work, the joys of traditions, and the sorrows of loss.  Some died young; others lived long, fruitful lives.  Some struggled to eke out an existance; some fared better.  What were their stories?

This is only as complete and accurate as the information available up to this moment.  No doubt it will continue to evolve over time, as it should.

Information to share?   Please contact me at vcapels@madriver.com.


A Capels Family History
Though much of this Capels family line's history is based in New York State, there is much more to be found and told about where they were from and how they got here.  It's not yet know whether there are any connections between this family line and the Capels lines in Oregon, Maryland, Mississippi, and others.  This site features information about:
 
  • CAPELS, CAPLES, CAPLE, KAPLES, etc. of Onondaga, Oswego, and Herkimer Counties, New York
  • LOWER and FIDLER of Oswego County, New York
  • CARROLL of Onondaga and Oswego Counties, New York, and Ireland
  • Complete Pension records for Loren Caples, Homer Caples, Herman Capels, and more on the way ...
  • Photos
  • Links to other resources
  • Posted May 2003
    A Kaple Family History
    Descended from Thomas Kaple of Ireland and Connecticut, the focus of this site is currently on the Kaple line rooted in Allegany and Steuben Counties, New York. This site features information about:
     
  • connections to KAPLE, CAPLE, BURDICK, and PRIOR of Allegany and Steuben Counties, New York
  • Photos
  • Links to other resources
  • Posted April 2005
    A Burdick Family History
    An offshoot of Kaple family research, the focus of this Burdick site is on the descendants and ancestors of Collins C. Burdick of Allegany County, New York. Features include:
     
  • connections to KAPLE and PRIOR of Allegany and Steuben Counties, New York
  • Lots of photos
  • Lots of documents
  • Links to other resources
  • Posted April 2005
    A Carroll Family History
    This Carroll family line is based on the descendants of Edward Carroll and his wife Julia Condon, both of Ireland, who found their way to Oswego County, New York and raised a family.  Features include:
     
  • Connections to CAPELS, CARROLL, CONDON, EGAN, RYAN
  • Documents
  • Photos
  • Resource links
  • Posted April 2003
    A Findlay Family History 
    My grandmother Elizabeth Easton Findlay emigrated from Cumbernauld County, Dunbartonshire, Scotland to Halifax, Canada sometime around 1913--she was in her early 20's.   It was in Canada she met and married my grandfather, Lester Henry Capels, who would later abandon her and their seven children in Syracuse, New York.   What of the family she left behind in Scotland and elsewhere?  Features include:
     
  • Connections to CARROLL, CAPELS, WELSH
  • Documents
  • Photos
  • Resource links
  • Posted April 2003
    A Gumpert Family History 
    My grandmother, Charlotta "Jutta" Gumpert, came to the U.S. from Berlin, Germany in 1926, where she married Arnold Smidt, who had come the year before to get settled and prepare for their new life together.   Her beloved sister, Thea, followed many years later, as did her mother.   They raised a family in Flushing, New York before moving to Syracuse in 1954.   Jutta's brother, Julius, went to Israel, where he raised a family.  Features include:
     
  • Documents
  • Photos
  • Resource links, including German translation services
  • Posted April 2004
    A Smidt Family History 
    My grandfather, Arnold Smidt, came to the U.S. from Berlin, Germany in 1925.   His fiance, Jutta Gumpert, joined him the following year.  Much of the information in the Smidt Family Tree comes from a document published in 1930 by A. Guthe in Bremen, in German, titled "Smidt-Stiftung".  Features include:
     
  • Connections to GUMPERT, STEINMANN
  • Documents
  • Photos
  • Resource links, including German translation services
  • Posted February 2006

    A Baugh Family History
    This Baugh family line is based on the ancestors and descendants from Raleigh, Wake County, North Carolina and vicinity. Featuring information about:
     
  • Connections to HUNT, JENKINS, BULLOCK, TRAYWICK
  • Photos
  • Links to other resources
  • Posted April 2003
    A Bullock Family History
    This Bullock family line is based on the ancestors and descendants of William G. Bullock, of Granville County, North Carolina.  Features include:
     
  • Connections to GOOCH, HASKINS, HUNT, JENKINS, MANGUM, STEM
  • Documents
  • Photos
  • Resource links
  • Posted December 2002
    A Kennedy Family History
    This Kennedy line is descended from William M. Kennedy of Chester County, Pennsylvania, who married Sarah Ann Ebelhar in Honey Brook, Pennsylvania. Features include:
     
  • Connections to EBELHAR, SHUPE, MERTZ, WHITE
  • Photos
  • Resource links
  • Posted February 2004
    A Shupe Family History
    This Shupe family line is based on the ancestors and descendants of George Clair Shupe, of Chester County, Pennsylvania.   Research so far has only taken us back as far as his grandfather Joseph Shupe. Features include:
     
  • Connections to CLAIR, KENNEDY
  • Photos
  • Resource links
  • Posted December 2002

    Updated February 24, 2007



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