Welcome researchers!  Welcome family!  This site is a collection of genealogical information from many sources collected over many years (more than twenty).  The intent of this site is to share.  Some of the information comes from my own work searching databases, microfilm, books, and the like.  Other information has been graciously passed to me from fellow family history hobbyists and researchers.  If you are a researcher, my hope is that here you will find a lead.  If you descend from people recorded here, my hope is that here you will get to know your forefolk and find a connectedness with them.
 
Five pages below (one for each of my grandparents and one for my husband's ancestry) contain names, dates and places for many generations.  Included is documentation of church and civil records, census records, passenger lists, stories told orally, and the text of obituaties and other newspaper articles among other information.  As always, be sure to check sources!  I don't claim to have an error-free site.  I am simply passing along information I am fortunate to have.  Note:  Children listed for any particular couple are known or documented children only and may not be all children for that couple.
 
Read the reports for more than birth, marriage, and death information; they contain many narratives.  For example, read about the 1862 Minnesota Dakota Indian conflict from the perspectives of German settlers (see Jobst Ohmann in the "Ancestors of Friedrich Walter Ohmann") and a French/Sisseton man who scouted for Henry Sibley (see Joseph Coursolle in the "Ancestors of Alice Frances Sheppard").  You will also find stories of village founders, depression hardships, war and military men, a county surveyor, a mason turned farmer, many love affairs.  Happy reading!
 
Supporting documents and photos have been scanned and are available online.  Simply "connect with the past" from any Albums link to see the images.
 
Dennis

The Dennis Page includes the Dennis, Murphy, and Sartain ancestors of grandfather James Allen Dennis (430 individuals and 86 unique surnames as of 18 January 2009).

Click here to go to the Dennis Page.

Sheppard

The Sheppard Page includes the Sheppard, Coursolle, Goodwin, and Porter ancestors of grandmother Alice Frances Sheppard (1951 individuals and 386 unique surnames as of 18 January 2009).

Click here to go to the Sheppard Page.

Ohmann

The Ohmann Page includes the Ohmann, Preckwinkel, Sachs, and Kulenkamp ancestors of grandfather Friedrich Walter Ohmann (471 individuals and 104 unique surnames as of 18 Jan 2009).

Click here to go to the Ohmann page.

Gardner

The Gardner Page includes the Gardner, Murray, Brenner, and Abresch ancestors of grandmother Mary Cecelia Gardner (347 individuals and 79 unique surnames as of 18 January 2009).

Click here to go to the Gardner page.

Schmid/Drexler

The Schmid/Drexler Page includes the Schmid, Losleben, Prokosch, and Kloeckl ancestors of father-in-law Ralph George Schmid (995 individuals and 192 unique surnames as of 18 January 2009) and the Drexler, Hauk, Neid, and Entinger ancestors of mother-in-law Ann Marie Drexler (250 individuals and 64 unique surnames as of 18 January 2009).

Click here to go to the Schmid and Drexler page.

About This Site...  This site was built and is maintained by Sandy Dennis of
St. Paul/Minneapolis, Minnesota.  The content of this site is a collection of the work of many genealogists and family history hobbyists.  I am happy to share any information which comes my way and greatly appreciate any contributions of information, documentation, and images.  If I have failed to give credit to another researcher, please let me know so I may add acknowledgement of another's work.

This site was built and is maintained using a combination of tools from Legacy, Homestead.com, and SmugMug.com.  For more information, please contact Sandy at SandyDennis [at sign] comcast [dot] net.  (The email address was written this way to avoid SPAM.  Replace [at sign] with @ and [dot] with a period.  Do not put spaces in the address.)

My former site:  http://familytreemaker/genealogy.com/users/d/e/n/Sandra_Dennis-MN/index.html (a Family Tree Maker site) is no longer maintained.

Welcome to ForeFolk
ForeFolk
Dennis, Sheppard, Ohmann, Gardner, and Schmid Ancestors
Spotlight on:
The Minnesota Death Certificate Index is a great tool for anyone getting started researching Minnesota ancestors.  The Minnesota Birth Certificate Index is another great resource.
 

Three Generations,
Age Two:
Marvel Marcella Ohmann, her children and grandchildren posed similarly on a table built by Marvel's uncle.
Does anyone know which uncle built this table?  Please let me know.
 

Spotlight on:
GenForum at Genealoy.com is a favorite place to search for and connect with other researchers and extended family.  And it's free.
 
Barslou/Martin

Research has only begun for the ancestor lines of our adopted Grandma Ann and Papa Jack.  What's been discovered so far can be viewed in the Barslou and Martin Tree.

Calling all descendants of Frederick Walter Ohmann and Mary Cecelia Gardner!

Save the date 17 May 2008 for a reunion at Paula's bar!  (More information to follow.)

In preparation for the reunion of the descendants of Fred and Mary Ohmann, please submit the information requested below one time FOR EACH DESCENDANT.  For example, if you're submitting information for yourself, your spouse or partner, and your three children, you will submit this form five times.  The form looks long, but there are only ten required fields.  Please include descendants who have married into (or have otherwise become connected with) the family.  Please include natural born, adopted, step, and love children.  Please include all children even if they do not live with you.  We're not making any judgements here; we're simply trying to capture a complete and accurate descendants list in order to celebrate this family.

Why are you asking for so much personal information?  The information will be used to create an Ancestors and Descendants booklet which we hope to distribute at the reunion.  You can see a sample of a similar booklet online.  This booklet was created for the Sheppard family reunion in 2001, and it is protected with a password.  To view the sample booklet, answer the password hint or call Sandy for the password.  Click here to view the sample booklet.  You can see what a descendants list looks like here.  You can see what a reunion directory looks like here.

What if I'm not comfortable providing some of the information?  That's fine.  We hope to - at the very least - include every person's name.  After that, if there is any piece of information you don't want to share, simply check "I'm not telling" and we'll leave it off the descendants list.  Just FYI - much of this information (including birth dates, death dates, marriage dates, and divorce dates) can be obtained from Ancestry.com and the Minnesota Historical Society, but we are asking you to provide it so we know your comfort level when including it on our descendants list.



For example, "Marvel"

For example, "Mubbs"

For example, "Marcella"

For example, "Ohmann"

For example, "Dennis"

Descendant's name (required)

Descendant's first name (formal, given):

Descendant's nickname:

Descendant's middle name(s):

Descendant's last name at birth:

Descendant's current (or last/final) last name:

Descendant's parents
First provide the parents under whom this descendant will be listed.  Then, when applicable, provide other parents or birth parents.  At least one parent (a father or a mother) is needed to list the descendant in the descendants list.

Descendant's father (first and last name; for example, "Frederick Ohmann"):


This father is (required):



Descendant's mother (first and last birth/maiden name; for example, "Mary Gardner"):


This mother is (required):



Descendant's other father (first and last name):


This other father is (required):



Descendant's other mother (first and last birth/maiden name):


This other mother is (required):



Descendant's vital statistics

Descendant's date of birth (for example, "31 May 1934"):


Descendant's place of birth (city and state; for example, "St. Paul, Minnesota"):


Descendant's date of death (for example, "15 April 1989"):


Descendant's place of death (city and state; for example, "Sandstone, Minnesota"):


Descendant's place of burial/interment (cemetery, city and state; for example, "Fort Snelling Natl. Cemetery, Bloomington, MN"):



Descendant's spouses and/or partners
Please include all marriages and/or unions recognized by a church, a government, and/or a tradition.  Please include all partnerships considered life commitments or similar.  Please include all marriages/partnerships which resulted in children.  If a marriage/partnership did not result in children, include it if you're proud of it or if you want to give an accurate picture and exclude it if you'd rather not be reminded of it or for any other reason.

Descendant's first spouse or partner (provide spouse/partner's first & last birth/maiden name; for example, "James Dennis"):


Descendant's relationship with this spouse/partner:









Date of this marriage/partnership (for example, "26 July 1952"):


Place of this marriage/partnership (city and state; for example, "St. Paul, Minnesota"):


Date of divorce/annulment of this marriage/partnership



Descendant's second spouse or partner (provide spouse/partner's first & last birth/maiden name or skip section if not applicable):


Descendant's relationship with this second spouse/partner:









Date of this second marriage/partnership:


Place of this second marriage/partnership (city and state):


Date of divorce/annulment of this second marriage/partnership:



Descendant's third spouse or partner (provide spouse/partner's first & last birth/maiden name or skip section if not applicable):


Descendant's relationship with this third spouse/partner:









Date of this third marriage/partnership:


Place of this third marriage/partnership (city and state):


Date of divorce/annulment of this third marriage/partnership:



Descendant's home address, phone number(s), and e-mail address:

Descendant's street (for example, "2143 Suburban Avenue"):


Descendant's apartment number or additional street line:


Descendant's city, state, and zip code; for example, "St. Paul, MN  55119):


Descendant's home phone (include area code; for example, "(612) 735-3906"):


Descendant's cell phone or other phone (include area code):


Descendant's e-mail address:


If the address and home phone for this descendant have already been submitted, please complete the following.  This descendant's address and home phone are the same as the address and home phone for (first and last name):



Submitter's information (required):

Just in case we have questions, who is submitting this information (first and last name)?


What is your phone number and/or e-mail address?


Now don't forget to click...





When you click "Submit Information," the information is sent to your niece/cousin, Sandy Dennis.  You can complete this form for as many descendants as you want.  You can complete this form for mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, children, grandchildren, etc.  Please help out and submit information for people who do not use a computer.  Don't worry if someone else may have submitted it; we'll sort through duplicate information.

Currently married/committed to this spouse/partner or married/committed to this spouse/partner at time of descendant's death
Never married to this father or mother of the descendant's child(ren)
Currently separated from this spouse/partner or separated from this spouse/partner at time of descendant's death
Currently divorced from this spouse/partner or divorced from this spouse/partner at time of descendant's death
Currently widowed from this spouse/partner or widowed from this spouse/partner at time of descendant's death
I'm not telling
I don't knowI'm not tellingOK/Include
Descendant's birth fatherDescendant's adoptive fatherDescendant's step-fatherI don't knowI'm not telling
I don't knowI'm not tellingOK/Include
Descendant's birth motherDescendant's adoptive motherDescendant's step-motherI don't knowI'm not telling
Descendant's birth motherDescendant's adoptive motherDescendant's step-motherI don't knowI'm not tellingNot applicable
Descendant's birth fatherDescendant's adoptive fatherDescendant's step-fatherI don't knowI'm not tellingNot applicable
I don't knowI'm not tellingOK/IncludeNot applicable
I don't knowI'm not tellingOK/IncludeNot applicable
I don't knowI'm not tellingOK/Include
I don't knowI'm not tellingOK/Include
I don't knowI'm not tellingOK/IncludeNot applicable
I don't knowI'm not tellingOK/IncludeNot applicable
I don't knowI'm not tellingOK/IncludeNot applicable
I don't knowI'm not tellingOK/IncludeNot applicable
I don't knowI'm not tellingOK/IncludeNot applicable
I don't knowI'm not tellingOK/IncludeNot applicable
I don't knowI'm not tellingOK/IncludeNot applicable
Currently married/committed to this spouse/partner or married/committed to this spouse/partner at time of descendant's death
Never married to this father or mother of the descendant's child(ren)
Currently separated from this spouse/partner or separated from this spouse/partner at time of descendant's death
Currently divorced from this spouse/partner or divorced from this spouse/partner at time of descendant's death
Currently widowed from this spouse/partner or widowed from this spouse/partner at time of descendant's death
I'm not telling
I don't knowI'm not tellingOK/IncludeNot applicable
I don't knowI'm not tellingOK/IncludeNot applicable
I don't knowI'm not tellingOK/IncludeNot applicable
I don't knowI'm not tellingOK/IncludeNot applicable
Currently married/committed to this spouse/partner or married/committed to this spouse/partner at time of descendant's death
Never married to this father or mother of the descendant's child(ren)
Currently separated from this spouse/partner or separated from this spouse/partner at time of descendant's death
Currently divorced from this spouse/partner or divorced from this spouse/partner at time of descendant's death
Currently widowed from this spouse/partner or widowed from this spouse/partner at time of descendant's death
I'm not telling
I don't knowI'm not tellingOK/IncludeNot applicable
I don't knowI'm not tellingOK/IncludeNot applicable
I don't knowI'm not tellingOK/IncludeNot applicable
I don't knowI'm not tellingOK/IncludeNot applicable
I don't knowI'm not tellingOK/IncludeAlready submitted
I don't knowI'm not tellingOK/IncludeAlready submittedNot applicable
I don't knowI'm not tellingOK/IncludeAlready submitted
I don't knowI'm not tellingOK/IncludeAlready submitted
I don't knowI'm not tellingOK/IncludeNot applicable
I don't knowI'm not tellingOK/IncludeNot applicable