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Olsons, Armstrongs, and Cookes, Oh my! The Redd's of Reno

Updated April 20, 2003

About Our Family Research

A few years ago, Jill (Jill Cooke Olson Redd to be exact) came into a large amount of information concerning her family. There was an extract from the Olson family Bible and a pile of disorganized stuff from an elderly and distant relative on the Armstrong (Jill's mother) side. Some of it got entered into this and that program, note book or filing cabinet, but most of it is in this and that container either here in Reno or in storage in Kansas. Don't ask!

We finally decided to organize the whole mess and put it where others can share it and contribute to it. So here it is; no pushing and cutting into the line, please; there's room for everyone.

We have traced her Olson forefathers back to Sweden and hit a wall. So the other offspring of Bengt Olson of Rattvik Sweden can speak up.

We have traced Jill's mother's Armstrong line to James Llewellyn Armstrong of Columbus, Ohio, and fell into a black hole. Please Help.

The other lines are here and there, still in the piles mentioned above. So stay tuned and we'll get it uploaded eventually. That's the Ball, Taylor, Cowgill, and more branches.

On my side, I've just started researching my family; the Texaas crowd is on hold, and the Missouri branch has moved back to Kentucky and Virginia. Stay tuned.

We've found a few distant but interesting celebreties along the way. The most famous are: Stephen F. Austin, the guiding hand of the Anglo settlement of Texas; Rutherford B. Hayes, a president of the United States; and a couple of maybies: Roger Williams, founder of the Rhode Island colony, and Ethan Allen of American Revolution fame.

Our approach to mapping the family's past is on a broad front. We know that 90% of all genealogists say that that's not the right way to do it, and we should concentrate on the important lines. We say, along with Frank Sinatra, we'll do it our way, thank you very much.

So come and visit and help your self to the fruits of our labors. If you can contribute a name or an anecdote or two, it will be greatly appreciated. Even more important, if you can correct a mistake, we'll love you forever. We like to document our research as much as possible, so we apologize for the pages and pages of foot notes.


Richard & Jill Redd

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