Hello all, sorry for my tardiness in maintaining active posts. You know, life gets in the way.

My focus over the last couple weeks has been Murphy/Gibeault and related families. These are all on my wife’s side. Primarily I’m just trying to fill in blanks using a book called “Gibeault/Beaudry Family History”.

My sister-in-law Fran(ces) was kind enough to share a number of photos she acquired after my Mother-in-laws passing and I scanned them all to maintain a record. If you know me you know I love photos, particularly old ones.

So in addition to the family history info incorporated in the book there were additional photos. All are photocopies, and not very good either if truth be known, but at least I have access to them. I would really like to share them and my dilemma is how best to do that. I am more than willing to purchase another domain, or happy to use one of mine, but how will I get the best bang for my buck when/if I do that? Facebook is always an option, and I may take advantage of that, but I feel some reservation there. Unfortunately it’s probably the media most likely to attract the most viewers.

I’ve also made contact with the Federspiel/Symons side, the Reeve (wife’s side) and the Reeves side, in addition to a connection to the Gale/Diebert. I hope I haven’t left anyone out. What this means is a rapid infusion of names and family tree member.

I will now have to update the Family tree associated with this site (Family Tree), as it is sadly much out of date. I would like to improve this situation however until I can determine the best way to secure the info of living members I will have to postpone attention. Then there is of course my ADD tendencies which complicate my life when it comes to completing projects started with good intentions, the Family tree being one.

I’m still happy to share the Ancestry tree (Ancestry – Sklapsky Family tree). Unfortunately I think the hoops created by Ancestry when viewers attempt to access the tree are onerous for most. I think joining Ancestry, even though it’s free, prevent casual viewers from taking advantage of the site. That’s the primary purpose of my creating the Family tree attached to this site. The downside is that it creates additional load on me from a maintenance point of view.

Whatever all this means to you is personal. My goal is to provide, yours to access if you choose.

Take care all…..

Land of Hope and Dreams – Nona Gale-Aspin story

The second installment of the Gale family story, as told in “Land of Hope and Dreams” has been posted here. As usual it can be found by going directly to the drop-down menu ‘Family Info’. The title is “Land of Hope and Dreams – My Story, by Nona Gale-Aspin”

This is the story as told by Nona (Wynona) Gale of her life, including some of her parents history in the early 1900’s. It concludes with her husband Harry’s passing in 1979.

Land of Hope and Dreams – A Tribute to Grandma Gale

One of the articles in the book written about the Grimshaw area, “Land of Hope and Dreams”, was a poem written by Donna J. Nickel titled “A Tribute to Grandma Gale”. To be honest I’m not sure of Donna’s relationship but it sounds like Grandma Gale was her, well, ‘Grandma’. I’d be interested to learn the actual connection.

Grandma Gale was born Ethel Louisa Marks, in 1885. She was married to Henry Botsford for a time and they had one son, Wyman. She remarried to Alvin Gale and together they had Wynona (Nona), Edith (Jean), Reginald, and Roy. She passed away in 1895 at 100 years young.

I had the pleasure of meeting her years ago, if memory serves me correctly, back in Berwyn where she lived in a small house next to her daughter Nona and her family. But before I go too far off on a tangent I will have to ask for confirmation on my ‘facts’ as I was likely only a youngster when this alleged meeting took place. Many things can happen over the years to diffuse what may have been clear recollections of the day. I believe I’m correct but may be confusing facts.

Grandma Gale’s son, Reg, married Muriel Sklapsky, and this is the connection to the Sklapsky brood.

The poem was written for Grandma Gale and it is posted in its entirety. It can be reached from the “Family Info” drop down menu at the top of the page, or by using this link here. I’ve also inserted the photo that was included with the writing, of Alvin and Ethel.

I hope you enjoy it as much as I had posting it. I will post the second article on the Gales soon.


New Articles coming

I’ve been transcribing more articles from the book “Land of Hope and Dreams”. Since I secured permission from one of the original writers I’ve looked through the book for other interesting articles and found a number.

I previously posted the write-up by my grandmother Bernice Sklapsky on her family’s life in the area and while it was the only one specifically on the Sklapsky family there are others which are connected in some fashion.

Case in point is the Gale family, and the Aspin family, both linked to the Sklapskys by marriage. It’s those articles I will be posting soon.

Stay tuned.

New “Old” Photos Added

Some progress has been made on the genealogy front with the addition of  new ‘old’ photos to the Photo Gallery. For those of you that are not aware of this feature you can click on the words “Photo Gallery” in the menu at the top of any of the website pages, in this case the Blog page. That will take you to the website location where all the photos are stored. There are Madden photos as well as Genealogy photos. As with the blog and website in general it is a dynamic site, that is the photos may change a bit over time, if I do some cataloging or adjustments to the pictures.

As I’ve mentioned before I got many photos from family that I’ve scanned and begun organizing. In some cases I’m not really sure who the family is in the picture, with that I’d like some help and feedback. Also some of the photos seen in this post may not (or may) be seen in the Photo Gallery yet.

In this case I know who this is in the photo below. I always have a warm feeling looking at old pics. Where the picture was taken I’m not sure.

Bernice (Grandma) Sklapsky and her sister Aunt Eleanor
Bernice (Grandma) Sklapsky and her sister, my Great-Aunt Eleanor (Renshaw)

Another photo I like is:

Sklapsky Family
Sklapsky Family – left to right: Audrey, Verla, George, Bernice, Lou, Dallas, and Gene kneeling

These folks I know. Unfortunately Aunt Muriel (Gale) is absent.

(Grandpa) Frank Sklapsky and ??
(Grandpa) Frank Sklapsky and ??

This one above is of course my Grandfather Frank, my Dad’s dad. I’m not sure who the young girl is.

I’ll put a few more in a collage below. Just click on the photos to enlarge.

This was only a fraction of the photos I’ve scanned. I will continue to add and update. I should also add I’ve been spending quite a bit of time on updating the family tree which includes Sklapsky, Reeves, Olsen and a number of others. I’m not sure how wide I’ll go at this time. This research is done and recorded online on a site called I’m not sure at this time how visible the site is to those who aren’t members of I’ll look into making it more widely visible.

As always any comments are appreciated.