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The Van Hyning/Schilling Family Home Page

Updated July 3, 2013

About Our Family Research

Welcome to the Van Hyning/Schilling home page!

Since I began researching our family history, I've put together a family tree that currently contains the names of over 7,000 ancestors and relatives. I owe a great deal to my uncle, Peter Ernest Schilling, who has done far more research than I have on our side of the family tree. Uncle Pete has recently published a book about our ancestor William Henry Randall entitled "An Incidental Casualty: The Experience of William Randall in the Civil War".

The latest news is that we have finally connected with our Thompson line through the discovery of Grandpa Schilling's birth father, Elmer Ernest Thompson (1893-1921), thanks to the generosity of Elmer's great-grand niece Laura Cameron Schroeder.

Photographs of the Schilling, Randall and Dahl families are taken from a scrapbook that belonged to my great-grandmother, Marguerite Schilling Kean.

The majority of research and photographs of the Van Hyning family are taken primarily from June Herman Ely's book "The Van Hyning Family History," Gateway Press, Baltimore, 1988. Additional photographs of the Van Hyning family are from Frances Holland Jackson.

The majority of research for the Kelsey family is taken from the Kelsey Genealogies, Volumes I-V. All Kelsey photographs and some Van Hyning photographs are from my children's great grandmother, Reita Kelsey Van Hyning.

I have visited a number of Ohio cemeteries in search of our ancestor's grave sites, and have added some of these photographs to's Virtual Cemetery. I've also added many memorials and photographs to Please check back often because I'm always adding more.

Contact me via email for a complete list of sources, or if you'd just like to share information about these wonderful families.

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