To my parents, Glenn and Teresa Wilpolt,
Thank you for all that you have done for our family.
In the truest example of marriage, you both have sacrificed and compromised to attain the best results for all of us.
I recognize parts of each of you in myself and my actions every day.

Thank You !



An undertaking of this magnitude would be impossible with the help from many persons and groups. I would like to thank them all, but a few in particular require special mention.

To my Aunt and godmother, Carole (Wilpolt) Solie, who allowed me to stay at her “Solie Home” Bed and Breakfast in Appleton, which made my many extended trips an enjoyable and comfortable experience while doing the monotonous and tedious research required at the Outagamie County Vital Records office and other locations around the Appleton area. Your constant presence in my life has shaped me more than you will ever know, and in so many ways that I am thankful for every day.


To the staff at the Kaukauna Library, who allowed me to borrow the microfilms of The Kaukauna Times and The Kaukauna Sun to review at my leisure, as each of the over 150 films took more than four hours to read. The Library's support of the genealogy community is above and beyond what is found in other communities. Another example of why I am so glad my family is from KAUKAUNA.


To my 1st cousin 6x removed, Thomas H. Ryan, who wrote “The History of Outagamie County” and “The History of the Town of Buchanan and its Pioneers”. The first book being even to this date one of the most comprehensive and finest documents of the history of that region and the latter which I have quoted extensively here within, gives readers a visual of what life was like for the earliest of pioneers of the Fox Valley area, and that of the land they lived upon.

To the Mormon Church Family History Center of San Diego, my “Genealogy Library” as I call it. I usually spent 2-3 hours here 3-4 times a week, reviewing microfilms, census records and church books. The staff was always willing to help when I ran into a brick wall or needed a difficult German or Dutch translation. Their resources are the most extensive in the world and I am truly amazed at what they have collected and microfilmed. Whether you are searching for the Roman Catholic church books dating back to the 1600’s in the small town of Legden, Germany or a 10 page family history book written in the 1950’s about a family in Kaukauna. They have collected and archived them and made them available on microfilm or microfiche.

To Hein Romonesco and his son Peter and wife “Els” Romonesco of  Mierlo, Netherlands, whose database of over 1500 Romonesco/ Romenesko/ Romanesco relatives served as the basis for that “branch” of the family. Their many years of work and research were the most thorough and extensive on the Romonesco families.

To the county Volunteers of “Random Acts of Genealogy Kindness”, who through emails would go out and walk a cemetery or look up records in their local Vital Records offices or copy obituaries from their local newspaper. Total strangers out there across the country which made it possible for me to gather information in over 50 other counties outside of the few around the Fox River Valley of Wisconsin.


To Roger Crotteau, whose Family History Book “No Bull” about his PETERS and MICKE Ancestors, served as the basis for the format of the narrative book about my own ancestors I hope to someday complete. And for allowing me to use some of the historical information he researched on the Fox River Valley.

To Michelle Leis Brown, my 5th cousin, who was born and resides near the original Wilpolt homestead at St. Marys Ridge, Wisconsin. She also authored The Township of Jefferson Sesquicentennial which along with St. Mary's Ridge Heritage, which she also co-authored, document the histories of the families that settled in the township of Jefferson in Monroe County, Wisconsin.

To Kathy Fuhrmann, an experienced genealogy researcher from the Appleton area, who donates much of her time and expertise, adding to the records whatever bit of info she could find. Kathy sends in obituaries, headstone photos and any bits of info that can be used to verify and confirm the genealogy data. And when I cant find someone or figure out a confusing set of families, she almost always can solve it. By far the largest contributor to the 1Familytree database.

To my cousins in Germany, Alois Kerkhoff and Hubert Kerkhoff who responded to a blind mailing and provided much of the information about relatives in Germany after 1875. And to Helmut Lohring, another cousin whose family still lives “down the road” from my ancestors farm, who provided much of the historical information about Legden.

To Wayne and Alta Guyant - Tombstone inscriptions copied between 1970 and 1981 by Wayne and Alta Guyant in cemeteries in seventeen Wisconsin counties, and clipped newspaper obituaries and other related items. The records represent every known cemetery in Florence, Langlade, Portage, Waupaca, and Waushara counties and many in Adams, Barron, Forest, Green Lake, Juneau, Lincoln, Marquette, Oneida, Outagamie, Shawano, Winnebago, and Wood counties. Also present are family history materials on the Axtell, Dent, Guyant, and Rogers families. These are available on 14 reels of microfilm at the Wisconsin Historical Society Archives. Wayne passed away on October 20, 1995 and Alta joined him on November 30, 2003. Their diligent hard work will continue to live on and provide many answers for generations to come.


And especially to all of the distant relatives or even unrelated individuals who responded to my letters of inquiry about their own families. Some of whom spent much time documenting their ancestry and provided many of the pictures and related items mentioned or shown on this web site.


Researching a family history involves a lot of collaboration - inevitably as you connect with previously-unknown cousins and other relatives, you tend to pool together the information collected separately to literally 'compare notes' and increased the shared knowledge of each branch of the family. Since starting my research in 1995, I have come into contact with many cousins - many 2nd and 3rd cousins, some as far distant as 8th cousins!! All have provided information, images and records for me to add to In addition I have made many friends with other people researching the same surnames or whose families came from the same area, many of whom spent many hours away from their own research to help me find bits of helpful information, all of which helps to bring a better understanding of the lives and experiences of our ancestors.

The following is a list of those who have assisted me in my research. Some have provided full Gedcom files or pages of data about their branch of the family; some have provided copies of family photos to add; some have sent me images of certificates, letters and other documents; some have given me just a few details to add to the tree. All of these are equally welcome! I'm happy to receive any information regarding individuals in the 1FamilyTree database. Additions of new ancestors or new descendants keep the family expanding every day. And we always want to correct any inaccuracies which may creep in. If you would like to contribute some information, photos, documents or other media, please contact me ! If we have missed anyone please let me know and we will correct the omission.

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