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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
     The Olmste(a)d Crest
     The Family in England
          Historical (1912* pp. viii-xviii)
          Olmste(a)ds in Essex
          The passengers on the Lyon, 1632
     Olmstead Hall Today
          Aerial photo showing farm and modern barns, etc.
          Pictures of house, moat, gardens, etc.
          The Kiddy Family (1916-present)
          Olmstead Hall Guest Book (1932-1982)

Genealogy

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
          James of Hartford
          Richard of Norwalk & Ridgefield
          Jabez of Ware
          Stephen of Pennsylvania

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
Other sites
     GenWeb — message board and Olmstead-List
     Ancestry, RootsWeb, GenCircles, Genealogy.com, Family Search (LDS), WikiTree, Tribal Pages and other free or subscription services
     Cindy’s list, etc.

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)
     History, reunions, etc
     Records to NEHGS
     Downfall — my research

Olmste(a)d Family Association (OFA) (1972-present)
     Statement of Purpose
     Past Reunions — a short summary of each: where, chair, activities, attendance
     Current officers and Executive Board

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:
     Olmste(a)d Genealogy Recorded (1975-1982) and Olmstead News
     Olmsted Family Journal and Olmste(a)d Family Newsletter (1993-1999)
     Jabez of Ware Newsletter (1997-2013)
     Tree Leaves and OFA news (1984-2012)

Heritage Societies and genealogical research organizations
     DAR, Colonial Dames, Sons of Union Veterans, etc.
     Some states have Pioneer Family organizations or recognition.
     NEHGS, NYG&B, NGS, FGS, etc.
     Local, regional, and state genealogical & historical societies; don’t list but give ideas of how to find
     Libraries — Nat’l Archives, DAR, LDS + major city/state collections (Hartford, NYC, Albany, Fort Wayne, Detroit, etc.)

Patriots and Military Veterans

Patriots — Military and others in service of our country. Includes those not included on these sub-pages:
     Revolutionary War (1775-1784)
     War between the States (US Civil War) (1861-1865)
     World War I (1917-1918)
     World War II (1941-1945)
     Korea (1951-1953)
     Vietnam (1964-1975)
     Military Burials in National and State Cemeteries

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.

Noteable Olmste(a)ds

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.
     FLO is often referred to as “America’s Park Planner as he and his firm were involved in the development of city parks from Boston to Seattle. Today the National Association for Olmsted Parks (NAOP) continues his legacy with regional groups in Buffalo, Louisville, Boston, New York, Atlanta, Seattle, others.
     FLO and his firm was hired by many prominent Americans to landscape their palatial homes. George Vanderbilt hired Olmsted to develop the grounds at his summer home Biltmore near Asheville, NC. Olmsted convinced Vanderbilt, to establish a managed forest on the thousands of acres he owned; today the Cradle of Forestry and North Carolina Arboretum are a legacy to FLO. There is a dramatic statue of Olmsted at the Arboretum.
     FLO was more than a landscape architect. His life and work is documented in a project of the Library of Congress in 14 volumes of published papers.
     An often asked question by Olmste(a)ds today is “how do I relate to FLO”? You may find the answer by charting your ancestry and comparing it to FLO’s ancestry.

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
     Notable family members, past & present,  include educators, civic leaders, public officials, business leaders, sports men and women. It would be impossible to list them all.
     Special family members — centurions, silver anniversary couples, triplets, quints.

Named Olmste(a)d

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
     Places: cities or communities (Kentucky, Alabama, …); Streets, Avenues & Roads; state or regional parks (NC, etc.); Olmsted Point in Yosemite, etc.
     Things, etc. — A collection of miscellaneous things named for an Olmste(a)d that could not be categorized elsewhere.

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

Place by the Elms © Walt Steesy, 2007
and © Olmste(a)d Family Associaion, 2017
This Page Updated July 9, 2017