Place by the Elms
An Internet Site For
Olmste(a)d Family History and Genealogy
Since the early 1970s I have used Olmste(a)d as a method of including everyone by either form of the family surname. Individuals will be recorded with their name as they used it the best we can determine.
This “Table of Contents” currently includes some of my notes on what I plan to include; links to pages currently available are in blue type
Style note: I use (*) or to indicate the 1912 Olmsted Genealogy
as a reference or source
About “Place by the Elms”
Olmste(a)ds in England
History of Name
There have been a number of genealogies published about the Olmste(a)d family. The earliest was Elijah Thomas’ 1869 “Abridged Genealogy of the Olmstead family in New England”
In 1912 the Genealogy of the Olmsted Family in America was published by The Olmsted Family, Inc., followed by four supplements.
Olmsted Family History and Genealogy by Roger Orley Olmsted was published in 2015. The work has extensive documentation on the Olmste(a)ds in England and includes the first three generations of the Essex lines of James and Richard following their 1632 arrival in New England.
Other privately published Olmste(a)d genealogies
since 1950 include works by Leola (Olmstead) Marshall, Ruth (Olmsted) Daniels, Eugene Eiklor, Viettia Newcomb, and Ronald Olmstead are covered in more detail on another page.
It is no longer feasible to publish a new family history that would include all Olmste(a)ds and descendants. The reasons behind the decision and other options to making the information available.
“On Doing Genealogy” is a series of articles that relates interesting stories while searching for ancestral connections.
Genetic genealogy is a relatively new field which enables researchers to establish family lines and connect with other “cousins” who share a common ancestor. This page will discuss the three major types of DNA testing and the primary companies that serve genealogists.
The Olmste(a)d Y-DNA Project potentially enables an individual of unknown ancestry to align with known primary Olmste(a)d ancestral lines.
Immigrant Olmste(a)ds [notes: basic outline, no documentation; maybe first 2-3 generations shown online; include a little history
Disconnected Olmste(a)ds — while I have over 900 “root” Olmste(a)d families, list here will only be those that are born outside of North America. Primarily, these are from Scandinavia and their surnames were Anglicized or miss-recorded as Olmste(a)d in census and other records.
Olmste(a)ds by Another Name — individuals with first or middle names of Olmste(a)d
Variants of name (Al…, Ho…, Um…, etc.)
Known groups/links, i.e., Umstead
Computerization and research by computer
Walt Steesy’s master file: contents; what will be shared.
World Family Tree — explain, discuss problems, lack of documentation [put WikiTree here] Bulletin boards, forums, etc. — GenForum.genealogy.com/olmstead
Queries — Do you have a “brick wall”? Here is a chance to post your #1 Olmste(a)d problem or help others solve their Olmste(a)d dead end .
Family Groups and Reunions
Olmsted Family, Inc. (1911-195x)
Olmste(a)d Family Association (OFA) (1972-present)
Reunions: National, regional, and local family reunions
Various Newsletters have been issued in the past fifty years. It is our plan to provide as many as possible on this site either her or by external links when they are available elsewhere. Included will be:
Heritage Societies and genealogical research organizations
Patriots — Military and others in service of our country. Includes those not included on these sub-pages:
We appreciate notification of patriots that missing from the above pages. At this time we are just beginning to identify the many Olmste(a)s involved in the Civil War and World War II.
Frederick Law Olmsted is widely known and we will only provide a brief explanation of his Olmsted ancestry. The National Geographic magazine May 2003 article about FLO and his contributions to American society is still relevant today. His portrait by John Singer Sergent is prominately displayed at Biltmore; his work there is second only to New York City’s Central Park. His home and office in Brookline, Massachuetts is now a National Historic Site.
Gideon Olmsted was a sea captain and The Journal of Gideon Olmsted provides a short review of the six-month sea voyage which led to a US Supreme precedent setting case of Federal over State’s rights.
General George Olmsted
1928 Supreme court case and Tommy Olmstead of Georgia
Olmste(a)d Homesteads — Homes that have been lived in for more than 100 years by one lineal (direct line descendants) Olmste(a)d family
There are many businesses that include the family name, usually because
We attempt to list other websites that include either Olmsted or Olmsted in their URL. Included will be business, family, and personal sites.
Email Webmaster. We welcome your corrections, ideas, submissions, and general comments
This Page Updated May 3, 2017