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I am always looking, and grateful, for any input that anyone has on this website and on any of the families included here. Please feel free to contribute anything at any time.

That being said, at any given time I am working on particular aspects of the family history. This page will keep you up to date on what I'm working on at the moment.

RECENT UPDATES

December 31, 2016 - Fixed typos and corrected minor errors in the following pages: "Early Origins", "The Colonial Years", "Westward, Ho!", "Indiana Dibbles", and "Indiana Dibbles in the Civil War", and to some of the related footnotes.

January 15, 2017 - Added this page and the link to it on the main page; added a link to the Indiana Dibbles in the Civil War page to the main page.

January 22, 2017 - Based on information in the Howe Genealogies by Daniel Wait Howe, I've completely rewritten the "Howe Now?" and "Solving Sylvanus while Hunting for Harvey" footnotes referenced in "The Colonial Years", Westward, Ho!" and "Indiana Dibbles".

Although I do have some lingering issues with this book (which I've explained in the "Notes on Sources" page), I must concede that the Silas and Abigail Howe who are buried in Patriot cemetery in Switzerland County, Indiana, were probably the parents of Sarah Howe, the wife of John Dibble of Stamford, CT who came to Indiana in the 1830s. The story of that marriage involves a man in his twenties forming a relationship with a pre-teen girl who moved hundreds, and then a thousand, miles away from him, before returning to Stamford at least five years later to marry him, all this in a time long before railroads were invented, and when even ordinary dirt roads did not connect New England to upstate New York or to southeastern Indiana. That story still seems improbable to me, but there is other evidence to support it.

June 4, 2017 - Addition of information on the North, Smith and Eastman families (the latter two families contained ancestors of Ann Eliza Smith, wife of Jonathan Dibble of Minnesota) to the "Westward, Ho!" page, with an alleged photo of Ann's father Daniel Smith. Major updates to the "War and the Great White North" page, with more information on the following families:

Ahlers
Aslakson
Chapman
Conley
Coplin
Kowitz
Wilson

There is much more information on Jonathan Dibble's military service and farm life, more on the history of Goodhue County, and more on Dell Nook. Several new images were also added.

February 26, 2018 - Additions concerning the Ahlers and Aslakson families to the "War and the Great White North" page, as well as a new photo of the young children of Alonzo Dibble. Significant additions to "The Scandinavian Connection" concerning the Halden, Morud, Johnson and Kvern families. Major updates of the "Big Farms, Little Towns on the Prairie" page, with new images and much more information on the following families:

Ahlers
Aslakson
Chiecke
Conley
Crook
Dibble
Elder
Halden
Hall
Haugen
Kowitz
Kvern
Morud
Penney
Richardson
Wilson

In addition, many errors were corrected and some "mysteries" were explained.

May 5, 2019 - Complete revision of the "From Russia (or Poland?) with Love" page, including a wealth of new material that traces the Orzechowski/Flak family potentially back as far as 1800, as well as some new images. As a result, some previously existing material was moved: Information on the marriages and children of Stephan ("Steve") Orzechowski's kids was moved to the "Between Two Wars" page; notes on the deaths of Stephan and his wife Mary were moved to the "Current Affairs" page.

June 7, 2019 - Complete rewrite of the "Abigail Reacher" footnote concerning George Dibble of East Hampton's second marriage to a woman named Abigail, based on a correction provided by Corey family researcher David A. Cory. Also, The "Early Origins" page was modified to show that the first Dibble reference in East Hampton was in 1697, not 1699.

September 26, 2020 - Corrections and additions to the descendants of Olive Dibble Hall (the Brown family) in the "Current Affairs" page (thanks very much to Tom Brown Jr).

ONGOING PROJECTS SEPTEMBER 2020

Early in 2020 I purchased a subscription to Newspapers.com, and also discovered a large collection of old newspaper archives online at the Minnesota Historical Society. These have provided a vast wealth of new information but at the cost of laborious time-consuming research. A few years ago I received a copy of the survey Archie Dibble filled out for the Minnesota War Records Commission concerning his service during World War I. That record shows that the "Between Two Wars" description of Archie's service is completely wrong, because I had him with the wrong outfit. He actually saw combat with Company B of the 2nd. Engineers; he was only transferred to Company A of the 7th. Engineers after the armistice. This information plus letters written by Archie that were published in the Cannon Falls Beacon led me to do extensive research to try to learn exactly where Archie served and where he was wounded. Also this year I received a treasure trove of photos of Indiana and Minnesota Dibbles and related people from Sarah Fayas, a descendant of Sarah Dibble's daughter Ora Conley Dreher, from Ora's and Sarah's photo albums. About half of the photos are unidentified but many will be added to the website soon.

Minnesota Families

The new sources mentioned above will enable me to make several corrections and additions to the "Westward Ho" and "Indiana Dibbles" pages, as well as to "War and the Great White North" and "Little Towns, Big Farms on the Prairie". Meanwhile, the primary focus for the next several months continues to be to expand and update the "Between Two Wars" page (including correcting many apparent errors there), and then to expand and update the "Current Affairs" page, which should probably be reorganized to include only information up to the end of the 20th. century, and to create a new separate page for 21st. century developments. I tentatively hope to have the changes to the earlier pages, as well as the new "Between Two Wars" page, done by the end of 2020. I can then move on to updating and reorganizing the most recent parts of the story in 2021.

Also coming eventually:

An effort to identify the lines of other Dibbles who were in Minnesota contemporaneously with the brothers Jonathan and Alonzo.

A separate page on German ancestors, including the Kowitz, Ahlers, and Granke families.

Lamb Binders Index

I've been working off and on (mostly off, lately) to produce an index of every single person's name that appears in the Van Buren Lamb binder pages that were scanned to PDF by George W. Dibble III. This is a huge project, but I'm pretty close to completing the index for the first binder. It may be that I won't be able to focus much on this project until after my retirement.


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