the story of us
The Story of Us brings together stories, posts, and photography collections organized on Hile family connection and surnames. Along with the materials posted below and elsewhere on this site, our story — the story of us — can be told and shared.
There are now eight main collections — four from my family — Hile, Penrose, Bousman, and Korhonen/Johnson — represent my grandparents. Two collections — Baugh and Dudymott — come from my wife Lynne’s family. Lewis and Benson are the two newest collections. The Lewis Family Collection relates to my kids’ maternal side, but also includes the spousal branches, namely Baca and Epps. While it makes for an ever-increasingly crowded field, it will also provide historical context for my and my wife’s grandchildren. The Benson Family Collection provides a similar forum for Lynne’s children to preserve the Benson and Dare branches.
Just identifying these eight tree branches is a complex task, but it doesn’t stop there, as family connections have more than one surname. The Hile Family Collection, for example, will also contain items related to surnames such as Kennedy, Smith, Coppedge, Dameron, Skinner, and others, and as these grow they may very well necessitate their own separate collections, as well. Over time, more photos will be added and captions that tell the story behind the photos will come, as well. Click on the appropriate album galleries below, which will then take you to the particular family collection you are interested in.
This page is also the starting point for exploration of more general topics in genealogy and family history. One of my Twitter feeds — @Hile Family History — contains valuable, up-to-date information. Longer, more-detailed posts can be found below, and, also on the relevant family collections.
The stories, posts and photos on this site are intended to be interactive. Feel free to post comments, questions, and ideas for further exploration. You may also use the general comments page if you want to keep it just between you and me.
family tree galleries
Initially believed to have come to the US from Germany and other parts of northern Europe, the Hile family — spelled in a variety of ways, including Heil and Hiles — initially settled in Pennsylvania and New …
The Penrose family has a long history in North America, having emigrated beginning in the 17th century from England and Ireland. My direct line of Penroses came from the Cornwall region of England.
The Bousman family arrived in North America from Germany before the American Revolution, settling primarily in Pennsylvania. Other prominent surnames include Mills, Hawkins, and Shoemaker.
In the early 1890s, Otto William Korhonen emigrated to the U.S. from Finland, where he met and married Marianna Fiskaali, another Finnish emigrant, eventually settling in Ironwood, Michigan.
The Baugh family arrived in the U.S. at the end of the nineteenth century. Although the surname has German roots and was once the ancestral home of the family, the emigrants had mostly been …
Dudymott is the maiden name of my wife Lynne’s mother, Betty. Of all the surnames in my family tree, it has been the toughest to trace. The women have been fairly easy to trace, but the men have been more elusive.
The Benson family roots are located in French-speaking eastern Canada and upper New England, and in Northern California. Also included is Watson, Dare, and Hampton, found throughout the U.S. …
Among the Lewis family names are Baca, Epps, Witherspoon (yes, that Witherspoon), Hunt, Walker, and Durbin. The family roots can be found in Illinois, Oklahoma, and throughout the West and Midwest.
genealogy facts and figures
One day while visiting family, which included an array of grandparents, great-grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins he had never met, we told our very young grandson we were on our way back to grandma’s. Rather than asking which one, our budding genealogist asked, ”which kind?” Ever wonder what the difference is between a first cousin and a first cousin once removed? Now that he’s old enough to read, here’s a handy little guide to explain it all, along with some other resources that helps in the search for our ancestors. This is for you, Joe!