The World of Grandpa Don

My Family

Grandpa Don has three families. I first knew my adopted family, expanded by marriage and children.

At the age of 75 I became acquainted with my "natural" families with their own genealogy.

I first learned of my natural mother's family, the Cecora / Lossner clan along with my surviving older brother.

Then learned of my natural father's family, the Copeland clan along with my younger brother and three surviving sisters.

They are as one to me, one no less a part of my life than the other. These pages will serve to record their stories as I know them. 

 

The Family Tree
A poem

"In every conceivable manner,
the family is
link to our past,
bridge to our future."

Alex Haley


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Grandpa Don

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Our Children and their Families & a Special Friend
Genealogy and family history are included in these links.
These 3 family pages are password protected.
Family member may obtain the password by contacting Grandpa Don.
Dan & Karen 
Plefka

Nick, Kelsey
& Ana
Password Protected
Anne Marie
& Dom Albano

Dominick, Anthony,
Marc & Joe
Password Protected
Tom Plefka
Caitlin & Kelly

Password Protected
Mikey
Mikey
2000-2014
Our Parents, their families & Genealogy
Joseph Plefka
&
Sylvia Simousek

My adopted parents ...
My "Mom & Dad"
The Story of My Adoption Harry Lawler
&
Anne  Montrym

Anne's Parents ...
Also "Mom & Dad" to me.
 
My Genealogy: Family Tree

Adopted Family

My Adopted parents' and Anne's parents' genealogy and stories are found above in the Plefka & Lawler links. 

My Natural Family

For my natural genealogy go to the details below. There is a large "Pedigree" Chart that will show how all my known ancestors. This chart was updated on 03/31/2012.

DNA Project

In November of 2012 I participated in the Ancestry.com's Autosomal DNA study. (See http://dna.ancestry.com/aboutDNA.aspx)

The initial results were that my ancestry origins are 88% from the British Isles, 9% from Eastern Europe and 3% undetermined.

With improved testing methods and having a much larger database of tests, in early October of 2013 the ethnicity estimates were revised. With newly defined categories my ethnicity was estimated to be less than 1%  North Africa , 98% Europe, and less than 1% West Asia. The main areas were further divided to sub-areas, particularly Europe. See DNA Project for a more detailed breakdown and explanation.

One of my goals in participating in this study was to try to discover the parentage of my 2nd great grandfather, Shepard L Packard. (see "Packard Mystery below)

Interactive Fan Chart

The fan chart below lists the first 4 generations of my ancestors. All names have links to additional information.  Move your cursor over the chart to find the links. The fourth generation, my 2nd great-grandparents also have links to their pedigree charts showing the family ancestry as far as we know it. Have fun with this chart.

Pedigree Fan
My Recently Discovered Natural Parents and Our Genealogy
Lossner
My Mother's Family - Her Genealogy
The Story of Lucie Lossner
My Mother
and the Lossner/Cecora Family.
The Husmann/Lossner/
Plefka
Genealogy Time Line
The
Packard
 Line

Husmann - Lossner - 1800's
My Mother was a Lossner.
A Possible
Packard Mayflower Connection
Copeland
My Father's Family - His Genealogy
The Copeland Family Tree The Copeland
Mayflower
Connection
The Thayer
Family Tree
The Doolittle
Family Tree
The Lewis
Family
The Royce
Family
The Munson
Family
The Curtis
Family
The Bullen
Family
The Underwood
Family
Whitcomb/
Cudworth Family
The Hall
Family
The Cooke/Moulton/Green
Families
Sally Downer
& the Indians
The Pomeroy
Family Line
The Bingham
Family Line
The
Dean/Chamberlain Family Line
 Winslow Family Line The Warden
Family Line
The Bass Family
The
Bent Family
Fredericks/Tuttle
Family
Morgan/Benham/
Beecher Family
The Fisher/Clapp Family Line
The Fleming Family
(Possibilities)
The Carpenter Family The Stacy
 Family
The Rood Family (Deleted from Tree)
Atherton/Weeks
Family Line
The Rockwood Family The Palinchik
Story
The Family Brier Patch
The Hunt
Family Line

The Cushman
& Howland Families

The Frink Family

Under Construction
 
Copeland Mayflower Ancestors
Mayfloer
Mayflower in Plymouth Harbor by William Halsall(1882)
Overview
John Alden
1 Ancestor
Relationship
Chart
Mullins
Family

3 Ancestors
Relationship Chart.
Allerton
Family

3 Ancestors
Relationship
Chart.
John Howland
1 Ancestor
Relationship Chart
 Tilly Family
3 Ancestors
Relationship
Chart
     
King
The Copland Family Royal Heratage
Introduction (1) Cudworth Connection
The first of the Copeland family, as far as we know, to be able to claim a connection to English and European royalty is my father, Alden J Copeland. (1900-1967) The link comes through his mother, Jennie Marcia Thayer;  his grandmother, Abigail Amelia Doolittle; great grandfather, Chauncey Butler Doolittle; 2nd great grandmother, Abigail Bullen; 3rd great grandmother, Mary Whitcomb, 4th great grandfather, James Whatcom Jr.; 5th great grandfather, James Whatcom; 6th great-grandmother, Mary Cudworth; and finally his 7th great grandfather General James Cudworth. The royal origins of James Cudworth is acknowledged in the Second edition of Plantagenet Ancestry by Douglas Richardson and is detailed in Page One of our Royal Heritage. (See the link below) Of course, the children of Alden J Copeland may also claim this heritage as well as their descendants. A graphic view of Relationship: Alden J Copeland to Gen James Cudworth shows our connection.
Page One
Royal Heritage
Page Two  Planta Ancestorsgenet Kings Page Three
The House of Wessex
Page Four - William and the Normans
Page Five
Charlemagne and his Ancestors

including The Family Saints
French
Royalty
Russian
Royalty
Spanish
Royalty
Royalty
of Holland
Scotch
 Royalty
 
Ancestors of
Provence, Aragon, & Barcelona
Ancestors of
 Savoy & Belley
  Royal Research &
Conclusion
Additional Royal connections
Chamberlain/Tankerville/Norse
Heritage
Introduction (2) Fleming Royal Connection
With the possible discovery of the ancestors of our Fleming family line to Scotland (See Fleming Family above), came the connection to the Earls of the Fleming line and thence the connection to the Stewart line of kings of Scotland. The following pages trace this noble connection.
The House of Stewart
Ancestors or Cousins?
     
 Additional pages of interest
Our Family Mysteries
Who were the parents of Shepard L Packard
The George Washington Connection    
The Mingling of Family Lines
Intermarriages of the
Alden, Copeland, Packard & Thayer Families
Famous Cousins
Distant relatives of Grandpa Don sharing common ancestors who arrived in America on the Mayflower
 I Find My Families
My Adoption
Story
The first meeting
of
Cecora / Plefka Families
The second meeting of
Cecora / Plefka Families
The first meeting of
Copeland / Plefka
Families
 My Life
How I became  Grandpa Don
Biographical  Reminiscences
What's New?
The latest Events
in the World of
Grandpa Don
From the Pen of Grandpa Don
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