|Crosby Mercantile Co. 1900's|
My Name is Steven (most people call me Steve) and I was born and raised in The Lone Star State - Texas in the United States. My parents named me after me after one of my father's good friends, who I called "Big Unc" (as in Uncle - but no relation) growing up. I spent many of my early years living around various areas of Harris County, and even a short time in the neighboring County of Liberty, but eventually settled back into my family's hometown of Crosby.
in 2002, just a couple months after graduating from high school, I married my sweetheart. By 2007, we had two children, and in 2008 settled into our current (permanent) residence, which is on family acreage on the outskirts of Crosby and at the far reaches of Harris County.
While I had only dabbled around in family history for the younger years of my life, I had gathered enough oral stories (mainly by asking questions about items lying around my grandmother's house) to know that her family had emigrated from what is present day Czech Republic just before the turn of the century. I learned a bit of conversational Czech with the help of my grandmother and father, who as a child could only communicate with his grandmother in Czech.
|Josef Volčík's Headstone|
On the 9th of April, 2011, with the passing of my beloved grandmother, Mimi, my perspective on my family history took a sharp shift that has brought me to where I am today. Standing beside her gravesite a few months later, I realized that I was not just surrounded by headstones, but I was surrounded by the resting place of my ancestors. After some research, I quickly realized that not only was I related to a great number of those were interred at Sterling White Cemetery, but one of those included my 3rd Great Grandfather (and one of my brick walls), Josef Volčík, who migrated to the United States in 1870.
While I am not able to spend nearly as much time on my family tree as I would like, due in part to some pesky brick walls and my daughter's band activities, I try to stay active on WikiTree. You will most likely encounter me working on items for the Texas and Categorization Projects, or surfing through G2G, offering assistance where I can.
My grandfather, who is turning 93 this year, is still sharp as a tack and has stories to share, so I am trying to take this time to learn what I can of the family history, from the best source I have available.
While I have not been to many exoctic destainations, I do like to travel when time allows. I have been across many parts of my home State, as well as other states like Louisiana, Florida, New York, New Jersey, Oklahoma, New Mexico, and Arkansas.
I have also been blessed with the option to travel for work, visiting places like (my favorite destination to date) Villahermosa, Tabasco, Mexico. I just can't decide if I enjoyed the food or scenery the best...
|Working the HLSR Carnival|
During the February and March months, you will often find me volunteering at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, which is the largest livestock exhibition and rodeo in the world. We enjoy spending the weekends wandering through the exhibits, shopping with the vendors, playing in the carnival and catching a few concerts.By the way, have you listened to any Chris Stapleton lately? Maybe you can help connect him to the Family Tree!
Starting her freshman year, my daughter has been an active member of the Crosby High School Big Red Machine, a military style marching band, competing as one of the smallest 5A UIL marching bands in Texas. With a budget that is dwarfed by other schools in their classification, the Big Red Machine is the only marching band in the State to have six consecutive Division 1 ratings, and two consecutive trips to the State Championships. Even though they have not yet won a State Title, they are currently ranked in the top 3% of marching bands, out of 1,075 bands that compete.
|CHS Big Red Machine - Military Marching Band|
UIL State Marching Championships 2017-2018
So during the months of July through December, you will find us cheering on the band at halftime, attending early morning practices, late night band meetings, driving back and forth to contests and generally just enjoying the time we get to spend with an amazing group of kids and directors - even if we have to miss a few hours of sleep in the process.
|CHS Big Red Machine|
Evening practice, Oct 2017
Starting off the 2018-2019 school year, I have the privilege of being the Band Parent Booster President, volunteering my time, skills and ideas to further promote the music program; while making sure the kids needs are taken care of as they prepare for one of the most prestigious music conferences in the nation, the Midwest Clinic. During the Summer (July 4th) and Winter (Jan 1st) seasons, you will also find the band working our largest fundraisers, TopDog Fireworks.
In my free time (what little I have left) I enjoy working around the house. I consider myself a "jack of all trades", so I will routinely dive into projects that might make my wife a bit nervous (although she would never admit it). From house remodeling and building furniture, down to minor electrical work, plumbing, and making duck calls, I always have improvement/project ideas that could keep me busy for years to come.
Special thanks to Jamie and the rest of the apps team for creating these WikiTree apps to pull the following data:
|Generation||Relation to Me||# Possible Profiles||# Identified in WikiTree||% Identified in WikiTree|
|4||2nd great grandparent||16||16||100.0%|
|5||3rd great grandparent||32||20||62.5%|
|6||4th great grandparent||64||19||29.7%|
|7||5th great grandparent||128||11||8.6%|
|Generation||Relation||Total w/ Birth Year||Earliest Birth Year||Latest Birth Year||Average Birth Year||Gen Length|
|Generation||Relation||Total w/ Birth Year||Earliest Birth Year||Latest Birth Year||Average Birth Year||Gen Length||Average Lifespan|
In the event of my death, I hereby give permission for all of my managed family profiles to be transferred to any of the following WikiTreers in my family, whether or not they are currently on the trusted lists:
For any profiles of Notables, or profiles of project-related importance, whether or not I was ever affiliated with or participated with the project, I give my permission for the profiles to transferred to any leader, coordinator or active member of the project who may wish to maintain the profiles.
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On 26 Sep 2018 at 14:18 GMT SJ Baty wrote:
On 13 Aug 2018 at 18:47 GMT Abby (Brown) Glann wrote:
I see you working on personal categories from a closed account. Ales can delete those categories if you contact him. It would save you some time! Thanks for working on them :-)
On 12 Aug 2018 at 09:20 GMT Rose Boddy wrote:
Categorization is still something I want to be part of when it pertains to my family history and locales.
On 7 Aug 2018 at 17:40 GMT Cynthia Cloyd wrote:
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