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 (1933-2021), Margaret Ann Lapham (1936-2004), Harry Loyd “Lee” Hamilton (Living), and Alberta Sebok (1936-2023), 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.

Dedication & Acknowledgements: This family history is dedicated to and in loving memory of my paternal grandparents William G. Kernan (1933-2021) and Margaret (Lapham) Kernan (1936-2004), my maternal grandmother Alberta (Sebok) Hamilton (1936-2023), and my great-grandmothers 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 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.