JOHN K. SPRINGSTEAD
This genealogy contains over 3800 individuals and includes the
surnames Hood, Boudrie, Doremus, Hale, Gamber, Bowman, Poling, Vanderhoof, Springstead, and others.
My Family Tree
Index to Names
The Jelley Jar
Graphics by Chris
HOW I CAUGHT THE GENEALOGY BUG
Many years ago in the late 1970's, a television mini-series aired which had a profound impact on my life. That mini-series was "Roots" by Alex Haley.
After viewing this program, my brother and I decided that it might be interesting to know a little about our family history. Being born and raised in Wyandotte Michigan, we concluded that the best place to start might be the local public library. So we paid a visit to the historical section of the Bacon Memorial Public Library in Wyandotte Michigan.
We were amazed at what we found! There were all kinds of Springstead’s listed in the card file, most of whom I had never heard of.
As I browsed, I found old newspaper articles dating back to the late 1800’s. I found reference to a great uncle being a Constable in Wyandotte in 1899 and 1900. I also found census records showing Springstead’s in Brownstown Michigan as early as 1830. I was hooked from that moment on!
For several years after this, we spent every available moment in researching our family history. We spent many hours at the Burton Historical Section of the Detroit Public Library. We searched old records in local churches, government offices, historical societies and whatever and wherever our leads took us.
We even took a trip to the Albany State Library in New York and visited several county seats.
Since that point in time, my research has continued, although not always so fervently. But I have never lost the desire to find my Roots! In fact my search has expanded to include other grandparents names, such as
Hood, Gamber, Miller, Yost, Hooper, Hoerl, Doremus, Vanderhoof, Bondy, Hale, McFall, Boudrie, Bowman, Poling, and Goff. While I don't have much information on some of the above names, I will continue to pursue these ancestors as well.
This web page was designed to share the information that I have gathered over the years, and to hopefully meet some new family members. I hope you enjoy!
This site was designed and developed by John K. Springstead, and is under continued construction and update. The research was done by John K. Springstead with help from many others. Comments, corrections, or contributions to this site are welcome. CONTACT ME AT firstname.lastname@example.org
Site last updated October 5, 2005
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