In late January 2012, I  began working on a new update to this site and the information on it. Its origin dates back to the late 1990s, but I have not done a great deal of updating. I still have much more work to do to make the links and information little bit more current.  As I add more pages and get a better feel for how it should all be organized, some of the content may disappear or move to a new location. Bear with me as I re-design the site and shift the information around in a more logical and manageable structure!  (I dislike those “UNDER CONSTRUCTION” banner graphics on sites that leave the existing information hidden or inaccessible, so I will not restrict any of that stuff here).  Come back often to see what’s new!

The purpose of these pages is not to just document the names and dates of our family, but to try to capture as much of the history and ‘personality’ as well. I would like to collect as many stories and anecdotes as possible about any in the families to know who they REALLY were.  It has often been said that dates and places are the branches of a family tree, but the stories are the leaves.

For that very reason, I have some printable forms here for any family members to make use of.  I have distributed some blank copies to those who have attended recent family reunions in Jefferson County, Ohio. These are extra copies of the Family Group Sheets and Personal  Family Memory Sheets to complete for future reunions and to share your stories.  If you choose to print and share your stories, please return copies to me if possible so that they can be shared with everyone at future family reunions.

A fuller collection of family history requires contribution by ALL in the family.  If you are part of the families represented on these pages, please consider contributing your memories and stories for future generations to hear!  Also submission of any and all photographs are most welcome.  With any photos, please provide as much information that you know as possible, including: names of the people and places depicted; date (or approximate date) the photo was taken; the special occasion (if any) that inspired the photo; and any other commentary or anecdotes.

I’ve recently uploaded four family trees representing each of my parents and each of my wife’s parents. The trees are linked from the surnames below. I have redacted all living individuals from those trees for their privacy and protection. If anyone out there has any information on any of these families, drop me a line.


LUCAS/LUKACS from Lastomir, Slovakia immigrated to Ohio in the late 19th century as about a six year old I’m told. We are still trying to track this young fella’s trip through Ellis Island or some other port of entry. So far, we’ve had no luck yet finding his listing on any vessel rosters. But we’ll keep looking for you, Pop — we’re going to find you someday.Matuska

MATUSKA from Markovce, Slovakia immigrated to Ohio in the early 20th century.



BEANY from Jefferson County, Ohio. I believe earlier generations may have come from Pennsylvania, but I’m not exactly sure where the even more distant generations came from.


SOMERVILLE from Mason County, Virginia/West Virginia — earlier generations came from Virginia and Ireland. This particular branch of the Somerville tree can also trace directly back to Charles Washington, the brother of General and President George Washington.

BERARDI from San Marino immigrated to Ohio in the late 19th/early 20th century and settled in Erie County.

CASALI from San Marino immigrated to Ohio in the late 19th/early 20th century and settled in Erie County.  As the story goes, a young Sammarinese woman, who was engaged to another young man in her village, was talked into coming to America by her brother to meet his friend, Secondo Berardi.

LANE from Pulaksi County, Kentucky.

LUTTRELL also from Pulaksi County, Kentucky.

 Happy Searching!!!

 This Genealogy Page was last modified on
April 18, 2012

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