Scott van Pletzen-Rands
Buffalo, NY

Episcopal clergy spouse, genealogy-freak; gay. Know your history; honor it, both your personal and family history, and our collective history.

All opinions expressed in this blog are my own. They should not be construed to speak for any other person or organization.


3 responses to “About

  1. Hi Scott–

    I stumbled onto your page while searching for Sterns in St. Louis. Some of my grandmother’s siblings settled there around the turn of the 20th century, after growing up in Quincy IL, and some of their descendants remain there.

    My cousins (but not the Sterns) and I are, like you, obsessed with genealogy, and we had quite a time finding the origins for our Sterns, the first of whom (we think) immigrated to the U.S. about 1838 from the village of Handrup in Lower Saxony.

    Do you know where your Sterns came from, and when? Ours were Catholic, and it appears that yours were, as well. That narrows the field. Thanks for putting up your website!

    Maureen Girard
    Pacific Grove CA


  2. My Sterns came from Lothringen–now Lorraine, France–about 1835. I haven’t found information about them prior to their settling in Millstadt, Ill, in 1843. They were Catholic, definitely.


  3. Thank you for following my blog. I look forward to learning from yours as well.


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