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Paige Kolze

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I have been researching my family off and on since the mid 1990s, more since I retired at the end of 2016. Some of my primary interests are:

  • Kolze - I am a descendant of one of three brothers that immigrated from Nienhagen, Amt Neustadt am Rübenberge, Hannover (now Gilten, Heidekreis, Lower Saxony, Germany) to the area of Cook County, Illinois near where Chicago's O'Hare Airport is today in the 1840s. I am also the Coordinator for the Kolze/Koltze One Name Study and am interested in all Kolze's around the world and would like to see if any of the various branches are related. I am (slowly) researching the old church books from Gilten and nearby parishes to better document this family on WikiTree, and to also find connections to other branches of the family and add earlier generations.
  • Franzen - I am a descendant of a family that immigrated from Schale (now in North Western Germany) to DuPage County, Illinois near where Chicago's O'Hare Airport is today in the early 1840s. The immigrant ancestors were Johann Bernard Franzen, his wife Anna Adelheid (Moellenthien) Franzen and their son Heinrich Franzen. There were many other Franzen's in the Addison/Bensenville area of DuPage County in the mid/late 1800s and they all appear to be from the same extended family that came from Schale. Some of the old church books from Schale have been indexed on familysearch or ancestry, but there seem to be some errors, and possibly omissions. I am (slowly) reviewing images of the books on and updating WikiTree with anything new or different I find. I am also the Coordinator for the Franzen/Frantzen One Name Study
  • Hirst - My branch of the Hirst family immigrated from London, England to San Francisco, California in the late 1880s. Some of the other family members remained in England. My immigrant ancestors were Henry Hirst, and his daughter Isabell Margaret (Hirst) Morton. Henry's wife Mary Ann (Hedgeland) Hirst died in England before they immigrated.
  • O'Connor - My GG-Grandmother Isabella (O'Connor) Morton was born in Ireland, possibly in Listowel, County Kerry, around 1836-1840, then married Henry H Morton in Manhattan, New York in 1860. Family story says that her maternal grandfather, a Mr. Reid, brought Isabella and her sisters to New York to marry the sons of an Italian family. Isabella's husband Henry Morton was from Scotland, and I haven't been able to find records of any marriages of O'Connor women to men with Italian sounding names in the New York or New Jersey area around 1860. Isabella and Henry moved to San Francisco, California in the mid-1860s. This is one of my brick walls.
  • Morton - My GG-Grandfather Henry Morton was apparently born in Scotland around 1835-1840, then came to New York where he married Isabella O'Connor in Manhattan in 1860 (see above). According to family story his father was also named Henry Morton and he ran a draper's shop in Glasgow around 1835. I have not been able to find any records in Scotland that can be tied to this family.
  • Brasch - Immigrant ancestors were Johann "J.E.W" Brasch, his wife Wilhelmina Sophie Behnken and their children, including Anna Christina (Brasch) Amsler. Johann and Wilhelmina were married in Scharmbeck in the Hannover region of what is now Germany, but were living in the town of Lesum, where some of their children were born, before coming to the United States. In the US they were in Beaver, Clarion, Pennsylvania for a while where daughter Anna Christina married and remained. Later they were in Loraine County, Ohio where Johann married his daughter Mary Elizabeth to Frederick Kleinow (see above). Some of the sons moved to New York state.


  • First-hand information. Entered by Paige Kolze at registration, and later on 25 April 2019, and updated again on 19 April 2020

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Paige, you cleared up formatting on my site. This is a valuable and much appreciated service. Thanks. Howard
posted by Howard Carlson
Thanks for working on Talitha Woolley Mylar's profile. It inspired me to go ahead and edit out the mistaken identification of her with Tabitha Woolley Whittington. Talitha is my 3rd Great Aunt.
posted by David Finster

The Germany Project Leaders are doing their semi-annual check-in with all project members and we want to verify that you’re still interested in being a member of the Project. Please respond by private message and let me know.

Are you currently working with one of our Sub-projects or Teams? If not, take a look at our main Project page for a full list. We recently launched a new Profile Improvement Team and are seeking new team members. Let me know if you’re interested.

We really appreciate your contributions on WikiTree, and thank you for all your hard work. If you have any questions, please ask. We would also love to hear any feedback you may have for the project.

I look forward to hearing from you soon!

Traci ~ Germany Project co-leader

posted by Traci Thiessen
Hi, Paige!

Thank you for your participation in October’s 2020 Source-a-thon. Your contributions helped us to clear over 57,000 profiles that needed sourcing. This makes our Shared Tree all that much better.

Keep up the great work!

Pippin Sheppard WikiTree’s Appreciation Team

posted by Pip Sheppard
Hello, Paige!

Thanks for all the work you accomplished during our Connect-A-Thon 2020. It is amazing how many more profiles were created and added to our Shared Tree. You have every right to be pleased with your efforts!

Kind regards,

Pippin Sheppard ~ WikiTree’s Appreciation Team

posted by Pip Sheppard
Hi there, Paige!

Thanks so very much for your participation in the spring Clean-a-thon! Every suggestion you cleared (over 200!) made our Tree that much better. The WikiTree community appreciates YOU!

Pip Sheppard WikiTree’s Appreciation Team

posted by Pip Sheppard
Paige, making more than one thousand contributions in September added so much to the breadth and depth of our Shared Tree. The Appreciation Team thanks YOU!

Pippin Sheppard

WikiTree’s Appreciation Team

posted by Pip Sheppard
Paige, thank you for each of your more than 1000 contributions to our Shared Tree for the month of August 2019. All of your work makes our Tree all that much better.

Great info in your bio!

Pippin Sheppard

WikiTree’s Appreciation Team

posted by Pip Sheppard
Hi Paige!

Congratulations on making more than 1,000 contributions to WikiTree for the Month of May. We all appreciate your efforts to make our Shared Tree the best it can be. Keep up the great work and THANK YOU!

Pip Sheppard

WikiTree Appreciation Team

posted by Pip Sheppard
Hi Paige,

Thanks for having a big heart and adopting the Orphaned Profiles. This After Adopting Orphans FAQ explains the special attention those profiles need.

Let me know if you have any questions on how to find and record sources, merge duplicates, clean up gedcom biographies, and interpret the Suggestions report. I'm here to help!


posted by Debi (McGee) Hoag
Hi Paige,

Thank you for self-certifying for the Pre-1700 badge! Participation in a Pre-1700 Project is strongly encouraged for those wishing to edit Pre-1700 profiles. Collaboration is essential because pre-1700 ancestors are shared by many descendants.

The German Roots Project would be a good fit based your current contributions to the WikiTree. Review the project page to learn about resources and guidelines as well as how to collaborate with the project members.

Do you have any questions? Let me know. I'm happy to help! :-)

Debi ~ Pre-1700 Greeter

PS Links sometimes do not work in email; if that happens, use the link in the public comments on your profile

posted by Debi (McGee) Hoag

Since you've been with WikiTree for a few weeks, I wanted to check in and see how you were doing. The New Member How-To's are available for you to look through if you would like. I hope you find them helpful. If you have any questions about how WikiTree works, don't hesitate to ask. Click on my name above and ask in the comment section of my page.

Sylvia ~ WikiTree Messenger

posted by Sylvia Benton
Hi Paige,

A warm welcome to WikiTree. You are now a full member and can add your family to the big tree!

Click here to start with our New Member How-To Pages. They will save you time, energy and frustration as you add your family profiles.

Hope you enjoy WikiTree as much as I have. You never know when you will find a lost family member or ancestor. Or maybe find a hidden family secret about an ancestor. Genealogy to me is like being a detective looking for clues into the past.

Sometimes links don't work in emails. If that's happened to you, check the public comments on your profile as the links will work from there.

Please let me know if you have any questions. I'm always happy to help!

David ~ WikiTree Greeter

posted by David Selman

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