My name is Kathryn deMasters Ives. My husband Scott
and I both became seriously addicted to genealogy in the mid
90s. My father's family had long been interested in their
family history and I inherited quite a bit of information
with which to start including letters to various historical
societies written by my grandfather in the early 1900s.
The long, long winters here in Minnesota are particularly
conducive to intensive online research which we supplement
whenever possible with vacations to the east coast. We divide our time there between Pennsylvania, where my father's families settled in the early 1700s, and New England, where Scott's families originated.
pages have extensive information on many of his New
Many of my father's early family were originally Quakers,
settling the in Philadelphia area from Yorkshire, England in the early 1700s.
Direct line families include Leedom, Hoopes, Steel, Jeanes, Bond, Smedley, McCue and Butler.
His mother's Crowell family was from Germany, first settling in Berks county
PA and later migrating to Virginia and Tennessee, marrying into the O'Dell family
My mother's family is Dutch, both of her parents'
families arriving in the Sheboygan, Wisconsin area from the
Netherlands in the mid 1800s. The Lubbers, Huenink and Hyink
families came from the province of Gelderland while others,
deMaster and duMez, originated in Zeeland.
Another Dutch family, Staats, appears five generations back in my father's line
so I am more than 50% Dutch!