Walter Steesy

Walter Steesy

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Walter W. Steesy aka Stuessi
Born 1940s.
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Last Name At Birth

My actual family (at birth) is Stuessi. See discussion below under "Stüssi." It is my choice to use my legal surname Steesy for all communications and citations in genealogical records.


I grew up in a Navy family on the west coast -- San Diego, Stockton, Seattle, and Adak (Alaska). My folks were from the mid-west and the first time I ever met relatives was on our move to Norfolk in 1952. In 1955 we moved from Norfolk to Washington, DC via way of a summer in San Diego. Needless to say, a few hour visit at an aunt or uncles their mid-west home didn't do much to cement relationships with cousins.

Mary, on the other hand grew up on a dairy and beef farm in the southern tier of New York in a three-generation household. Sunday was often a day to visit relatives within an easy hours drive and there were many to visit.

We met at Salem College in West Virginia. Me a suburban city boy from a large high school (638 in my class) and Mary from a small town city school (38 in her class) at a college with only 600 students, that grew to 1200 before we graduated in 1962. I took a job in central Pennsylvania for four years before we moved back to live near her parents farm. We stayed there until a move in 1972 to our present home in the Finger Lakes region that was more appropriate to our growing family and my travel ability as I was a district sales manager covering upstate New York.

I had started doing genealogical research and I often planned my travels to be able to visit areas that I needed to gather information. In doing so I started helping others with their research needs and thus was born our Heart of the Lakes Publishing with a focus of providing New York local and regional works to aid genealogists. Over the 40+ years we produced over 300 books until the Internet evolved providing information at little cost.

We have an large 1808 home (built by Rev. War Veteran Rev. Abraham Brokaw) on three acres that I'm still rehabing so there is always a lot to do both outside on the lawns and gardens and inside. We added a large office for our HLP business in 1987 when we had five employees -- now it is my own genealogical research area. In 1990 we started taking groups on cruises and still try to do one a year -- Alaska and Europe are our favorites. We host an annual USAF reunion that moves around the northeast. Now in semi-retirement, we spend three weeks in Kissimmee (timeshare) each Jan/Feb and four months of winter at a home that we built over a ten-year period on 24 acres at the base of the Blue Ridge in north central North Carolina; it is our future retirement location.


At my wife's 1967 Olmstead family annual reunion I asked the question "Why is 'Uncle Ralph' an uncle?" I quickly learned he was her grand-uncle. As I grew up in a military family away from my parent's mid-west home area, I never knew any cousins or other relatives. I became intrigued with the relationships of individuals and started researching Mary's Olmstead family line and two years later published my first genealogy covering over 500 members of her family going back to a Stephen Olmstead, b. 1790. He became the "brick wall" that I have yet to resolve. The search brought me to research all Olmste(a)ds in the US and Canada, becoming the genealogist for the Olmste(a)d Family Association. I now have data on over 125,000 Olmste(a)ds and their descendants. I have chosen not to follow collateral lines as that would quickly swell my files many times over. I freely share appropriate portions of my file with connected individuals. I'm now working on putting my records, or at least basic b,m,d date and place data on WikiTree; this way individuals will be placed in the family tree and others are encouranged to add biographical and source information to the records.

I'm also serving as webmaster for the OFA's website (note the hyphen in the URL). With over 100 pages of "interesting things Olmste(a)d" and more to come. Special effort was spent during 2017 in the development of pages honoring those that have served in the military from 1635 to the present; the Civil War pages have over 500 names listed with dates or birth and death, service, and links to WikiTree and Find-a-Grave.

We also have a organization page on FaceBook. Olmstead Family (the one with the family crest) is beginning to draw some attention. You can "follow" it and posts from our page will show up on your feed but your posts will not show on our page. If you have something that is appropriate to post on our page, it will be reviewed before it becomes public.


My goal on WIkiTree is to see that profiles are created for all those with the Olmstead or Olmsted family name. As of 1 Nov 2017 over 6100 profiles have been created. Additionally there have been over 20,000 new profiles added that are spouses, parents of spouses, and direct descendants and their spouses of many other family names. I appreciate that others add their connections that will enable me to add to our Olmste(a)d master file.

In many of the profiles that tie to the Olmste(a)d family you will find a source Olmste(a)d files of Walt Steesy. I often have more information, including census extractions, etc., that I will gladly share upon request. Sometimes these are mentioned in brief citations on profiles; there will be enough that you can find the original source on ancestry or family search -- you are highly encouraged to read the actual document or indexes and not just copy someone tree information as many individual have posted the wrong data.

Another citation often appears as 1912 genealogy Olmsted Family in America followed by ID number and page(s) for persons listed in the work. The complete citation for that work is: Olmsted, Henry King, and George K. Ward. Genealogy of the Olmsted Family in America. New York: De La Mare Printing, 1912. We issued a reprint including supplements issued by the Olmsted Family, Inc. in 1914, 1920, 1923, and 1928. Interlaken, NY: Heart of the Lakes Pub., 1993. We also published an all-name index to the 1993 reprint.


To add my own personal confusion of our family name, which we pronounce "Ste' cee," in 1954 my father created Steesy as everyone was pronouncing Stuessi in the correct Germanic "Stu' ce." Though I have found one record of one person in Wisconsin in the 1910s I believe that the 12 in our family are the only in the country currently Steesy.

I'm also the Stussi/Stuessi family genealogist. A cousin had been "our family" collector of records for many years so I stayed in the background until 2010 when I compiled the first extensive Stussi/Stuessi set of records some of which are posted on MyHeritage. I'll eventually post it all on WikiTree as time allows. I will also try to correct the spelling of our family surname for all records of families in Switzerland before 1900 to the Germanic spelling of the surname as Stussi; there should be an umlat on the "u"; when the name is converted to an English form, i.e., Stuessi, the "e" is added to retain the sound. All Stussi/Stuessi can trace their lineage back to Glarus, Switzerland and it is my goal to lead a group back to that Canton and the beautiful Linth River Valley.

Walt & Mary Steesy -- Interlaken, NY -- waltsteesy @

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On 13 Feb 2019 at 16:28 GMT Gregory Morris wrote:

Thank you, Walter, for cleaning up Frances Marion Turley's profile page. It was badly needed, and much deserved.

On 9 Jan 2019 at 15:41 GMT Jean (Wright) Brooks wrote:

Hi Walter, Thanks for your edit to Frederick William (Oughtibridge) Tunstall. I am new to Wikitree and just learning how to use the site.

Jean Brooks

On 30 Dec 2018 at 03:06 GMT Joelle (Colville) Colville-Hanson wrote:

Hi. Just so you know the brackets you added to Global Cemeteries|sub=Illinois|place=Guilford Union Cemetery, Winnebago County, Illinois}} after “place” on Breckenridge-392 are not part of the template and by added them they just were extra brackets in the text. I’ve changed it back. The template works fine as is. It’s not on my suggestion list so I’m not sure why you thought it needed fixing.

On 13 Dec 2018 at 05:34 GMT Larry Tiedemann wrote:

Hi Thanks for your comment. I will work at adding the Country as I have time. You get used to not using the Country for the USA and Canada. Larry

On 15 Nov 2018 at 13:23 GMT Maria Hendrieka Schoeman wrote:

Thank you for the edit of Elsje Bester's details. Please, however, note that she is South African and in terms of the South African roots project middle names must be left blank. All first names go into the Proper First name field.

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On 26 Oct 2018 at 09:18 GMT Fleur (Freitas) Butler wrote:

Thanks for the detailed reply to my query.

On 23 Oct 2018 at 09:35 GMT Fleur (Freitas) Butler wrote:

Hi. I was notified that you have made a change to biography on Maria Freitas (Freitas-189) and I don't see any difference between what I had and what you've done. Could you please advise what exactly was changed so that I know for future additions I make to my tree?


On 8 Sep 2018 at 02:28 GMT Catherine (Johnson) Olmstead wrote:

Can't thank you enough for all your help and for getting me hooked on Family Trees!

On 5 Sep 2018 at 16:50 GMT Beryl (Jones) Worrall wrote:

Thank you Walter, I am new to wikitree and just started to upload my gedcoms. Is Joseph Alfred in your family tree?

On 30 Aug 2018 at 21:57 GMT Merletta (Woods) Tindle wrote:

Thank you for catching a gender error on one of my relatives

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