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Welcome To A Tree Grows In Oakland


My family first came to Oakland County, Michigan in 1820.  As we approach the 200th Anniversary of the arrival of the first settlers, it is time to update and revamp my web pages (www.patrickshaul.com).  This is a work-in-progress with my partner site, my blog, A Tree Grew in Oakland, where I  published my Grandfather’s post card collection – pictures, addresses, and messages, since March, 2016, and have subsequently been publishing snippets of my ancestors’ lives on significant dates relative to each.

I have been tracing my family origins for the past 50+ years.  My research has been concentrated among the early settlers of Oakland County Michigan (Jenks, Lee, Botsford, and Munn), Western Michigan (Shaul, Dagen), Northern Michigan (Tobias and Huff), Indiana / Ohio (Koontz, Weaver, Gardner, and  Lane), and Illinois (McKeown, Doake, Beggs, Wilson).  In addition, I am researching the migration of the entire family from their European origins — England, Wales, Scotland, Ireland, and Germany — to the current settlement locations.

I have traced my ancestry in North America to Revolutionary War Patriots and Mayflower Passengers.

The following categories help to organize how I have chosen to present my research.

Page last updated:  6 August 2019.