Welcome

Welcome to Among My Branches, a website and blog where I explore the genealogies and histories of my paternal and maternal grandparents, William George Kernan (Living), Margaret Ann Lapham (1936-2004), Harry Loyd “Lee” Hamilton (Living), and Alberta Sebok (Living), one branch at a time. Thus, this website presents the family histories of my Kernan, Lapham, Hamilton, and Sebok families, as well as related branches.

On this website, you will find not only a great deal of information regarding these families, but family and historical records and photographs as well. The information on this website has been divided into several sections. The first section is “About,” which provides details about this website, myself, and those who helped me along the way. The second section is “Overview,” which provides general information about all four families (and related branches), including my research progress, brick walls I have run into, my ahnentafel, complete surname list, and special topics. Sections three through six, which are “Kernan,” “Lapham,” “Hamilton,” and “Sebok,” discuss what is presently known about my paternal and maternal grandparents’ ancestries, including family origins, surname, immigration history, known generations, and related branches, as well as presenting currently available records and photographs of the Kernan, Lapham, Hamilton, and Sebok families. The seventh section is called “Blog,” which is where you can find my blog posts pertaining to a wide variety of genealogy and family history related topics. Additionally, I have included a “Contact” page, which you can use to get in touch with me if you have questions or would like to share any information and/or photographs about the families discussed on this website.

Dedication & Acknowledgements: This family history is dedicated to and in loving memory of Margaret (Lapham) Kernan (1936-2004), Irene (Balla) Sebok (1913-2006), and Goldie (Worthington) Hamilton (1912-2006). It is also dedicated to the immigrant ancestors of the Kernan, Lapham, Hamilton, and Sebok families who had the personal strength and courage to leave their native countries to better their lives and the lives of their children, as well as the lives of future generations: Felix and Martha Kiernan, John Lapham, Johann “John” Adam Heldman, and Frank and Roza Sebok. Additionally, many people have helped in compiling the histories and genealogies found on this website. Please view the “Acknowledgements” page to learn more.

Disclaimer: As stated above, this website is about the ancestries of my paternal and maternal grandparents. As such, it is focused on the lives of specific people and not Kernans, Laphams, Hamiltons, or Seboks in general. This website, therefore, is not a single or multiple name study, nor does it present the history and genealogies of all those who bear these surnames. Family histories and genealogies, moreover, are always a work in progress and are based on available information. Nevertheless, every attempt has been made to be as accurate as possible, in both facts and oral accounts. For more important information you should keep in mind while reading through the genealogies and family histories found on this website, please see the “Disclaimer” page.