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We dedicate our genealogy work and website to Naomi Ruth (nee Fleenor) McGinnis; Clarence McGinnis; Frank Patterson; Arminta (nee Ledrick) Patterson and Ruth Idona (nee Patterson) Gauthier. They were all very loving parents and grandparents who now watch us from Heaven!! Love Ruth & Tonya!!


We are trying to locate the Coat of Arms for our following lines, if you happen to have one  that we could post on our site please email us. Thank you so very much for your help. Chriss; Earlywine; Fleenor; Hook; King; Madlung; Merpeau; Longbrake; Ludrick; Luther; Tetreault & Trout. We are not sure if all of these surnames even have a Coat of Arms. If you have any knowledge on this topic, please contact us. Thank You!!!

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Ruth Ann (nee McGinnis) Gauthier:

I was born 11 June 1945 in Port Huron, Michigan, (daughter of Clarence McGinnis & Naomi Ruth Fleenor), where I lived the first 20 years of my life in the same home. I met and married a  military man, Angus John Gauthier Jr. on 2 July 1965 in my hometown of Pt. Huron. When we met we found out we had grown up a few blocks from each other, going to the same school. During his career in the U.S. Coast Guard we raised two daughters and traveled to several states, including Illinois, Indiana and New York, never realizing we were living in the same areas many of our ancestors had. It wasn't until the early 1980's after moving to Florida that I was bitten by the genealogy bug, as this was when I was introduced to my ancestors through the excitement, interest, and years of research my cousin, Karen L. Rose of Florida, and and cousin Larry R. Fleenor of Indiana had already accomplished. I am now so thrilled to have my talented daughter take up the torch to carry on. We both have learned so much, and find it much more rewarding as we work together. The one surname that seems to have captured my attention these past few years has been the FLEENOR line, having met many wonderful researchers along the way, as well as adding close to 17,000 names to our file.

Tonya Rena (nee Gauthier) Kellum:

I was born 25 July 1967 in Port Huron, Michigan. (daughter of John Gauthier Jr. & Ruth Ann McGinnis).  I grew up most of my life in Zephyrhills, Florida. I joined the US Army as a Combat Medical Specialist in 1986 & served 8 years. Half of my service was in Fuerth, Germany, located outside beautiful Nuremberg. Germany a country where many of our ancestors once lived. The other half of my service was in Washington at Fort Lewis. One year for Christmas my mother gave my sister Danita & I a binder with our family tree, just our direct lines, nothing fancy, some pictures &  documents. It didn't interest me then. I later married Harry "Chip" Truman Kellum Jr. 18 June 1994 in Seffner, Florida. He was also a military man serving 2 yrs as a Marine. My love for genealogy started in 1996. It hit me like a speeding train &  I haven't stopped since then. My mother knew nothing about the internet and I got online and found so much stuff, she was overwhelmed. That's when we decided to make it easy for other researchers looking for the same ancestors & started a website in 1998. Since then our site has grown beyond belief. The surname that I have dedicated most of my time to is our MCGINNIS line now nearing 1000 names.

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Copyright 1998-2004 - My Family's Heart Genealogy All information contained within these pages are the personal property of Ruth Ann (nee McGinnis) Gauthier and Tonya Rena (nee Gauthier) Kellum. We kindly ask that you please not take anything from these pages without our written consent first. Much of this information was generously shared with us by other researches and has been so noted. That information is being used with their permission. Thank you kindly!!