Another Klasen Family History Update

Today, I have uploaded another update to my family tree. This update includes significant new data on the Klasen lineage itself. I was finally able to tie together my Grandfather to his Dad. This opened a bunch new branches to the tree.I have about a 90% confidence in the linkage, so I have made the update. I will continue to track down the history and try to ensure the confidence goes to 100%. This update finally moves the Klasen surname into the 20 (actually number 11) surname list. :thumbs_up: :whistle:

This updates traces the Klasen lineage back to Germany with the birth of Nickolas Klasen in 1839. He would be my great great Grandfather. This new update also gives me a bunch more work to do as I now have a bunch of new names and leads to track down. I am also anxious to research the family history further in Germany.

I also made a few other minor updates to the information based on some new research and the help of others that have contacted me via my genealogy site. Its amazing how many people are actively doing this kind of research and how they band together to share information.


  1. Steve, great update! I am finding the same thing with the Genealogy site we put up as far as getting lots of hits and inquiries. We are up to 497 individuals in our Genealogy, which is a far cry from your impressive 1800+! I was able to do a pretty deep dive on a couple of legs of our Genealogy back through pilgrim and Mayflower passenger John Alden and into the 1400s. I have good info on my dad’s side (Tobin and Waldo lines) which came from Ireland and England, but almost nothing on my mother’s side (Klein and Brandstrup) which came from Hungary and Denmark. I am hoping to do some research on my mom’s grandfather Jacob Klein, who immigrated from Hungary and died while working on the NYC subway system in 1903. It is fun learning about some of the characters and misfits that make up my gene puddle :omg:

  2. Paul, yeah before this update I had almost nothing on the Klasen surname… fixed that :beer:

    Now I have a bunch more leads, but spending time working with folks contacting me making some corrections and adding some additional details… its fun talking to folks and exchanging information… of course, still have to validate the info…

    Lots of work to do including the sources of info and occasionally sorting through conflicting information…

    all fun stuff :thumbs_up: I would love to find info as far back as you have… thats sweet…

    Mr Papa

  3. Mary Simon says

    Thank you for all the information you post. My ex husband’s aunts and uncles (Carter) are listed (#21 through 27). Elizabeth M. Klasen (1875 – 1958) is his grandmother. She lived on McKinstry in Detroit when she died.

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