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Jim Dangel's Home Page

my picture
This is me, taken in Ptuj,
Slovenia in January of 1997.

Can't read the text through the leaves? Go here for a version I will try to update without them.

My Ancestor Web Cards

Actually, it contains my grandson's direct ancestors only for 15 generations; if you find one that is yours, then you need to go to the following sections which include all of the same people and their descendants that I have in my files. There is one for each of Jim's grandparents as well as Jim's girls' mother's family.

This is another revised edition, now without all the ancestors of Mary Bruen's ascent to royalty from the LDS Ancestor File -- See the LDS site at http://FamilySearch.org for that information. There are another 45 generations or more available at that site and I won't duplicate it here. Some of the web cards below will have more generations than in the Ancestor Web Cards above.

For Mary Bruen the link directly to her does not remain workable. So go to FamilySearch and look for Mary Bruen born 1622. Her husband is John Baldwin. Tons of her ancestors and family there.

None of these Web Cards include full names or birth dates and places for living persons. A few families have asked to not be included, as you may, or to have information only provided to family members.

See my Reassurance of Privacy Statement

Read all about changes made to Surnames and Places to be properly indexed and standardized.

Would you like to read a brief history of how my family kept moving west?

How about the first article I wrote about my travels in Europe? I thought I had placed it on my web pages but apparently not. At the same time the section on Slovenia from this article was published in Slovenija magazine. Neither told me they were going to publish them nor gave me a chance to update email addresses or anything. Neat to be published!

If you find yourself or your ancestor on any of my web cards or pages, please do contact me! I love to hear from my cousins and know about their lives. Where they live, how they are related to me or the ancestor, etc. When I know about you and what you are interested in I can send you more detailed information than I can post on the internet. I would like to have you verify that the information I do have is correct and accurate. I hate to be missing cousins or have their names spelled wrong. Tell me if you have a genealogy program so I will know to send a file or send you text about your section of the family. I love to share data and help cousins get in contact.

My Roots in America

Grandfather Robert Claire's Web Cards

His ancestors and all their descendants in my file.
Most common surnames are Claire or Clere, Gass, and McFadin (McFadden).
Gass & McFadin Family Section

Grandmother Luella Gilpatrick's Web Cards

(This is going to be replaced sometime to just be Blackstone and Fergus families separately,
as the Gilpatrick section has been updated separately now.)
Her ancestors and all their descendants in the above file.
Most common surnames are Gilpatrick, Fergus, and Blackstone.

More Gilpatricks are here:

There is now a new section on the family Photo Shop Studio
that operated from 1924 to the end of 1972 in Sitka, Alaska.

Luella's mother Kate Blackstone Family:
Blackstone Family Section

Luella's father's Gilpatrick Family
Gilpatrick & Collins Family Section

Luella's father's mother's Fergus Family
Fergus Family Section

Cousins! See my note above.

My Children's Search for Roots

in Alaska and the Lower Forty Eight States for their Grandparents,
including my grandsons' father's family.

Craig and Daniels' Web Cards

Their ancestors and all their descendants in my file plus Keet's father's family. Was a work in progress, at the moment removed and being considered what to replace it with. Too much controversy about those included.

Jim's First Grandson

Keet Tlein James Dangel Lorrigan

born 24 June 2001

Newer Pictures of Keet
up till his 3rd birthday

Newest Pictures since then
More Pictures

Keet, Grandpa, Janwu age 2 days
Keet age 4, Grandpa Jim, and unnamed 2 day old Janwu.

My Second Grandson

Keet's New Brother
has become

Jánwu Clemens Dangel Lorrigan


Jánwu born 7 May 2005

Jánwu means Mountain Goat in Tlingit
Mountain Goat

Cousins! See my note above.

Bendorf is what I think of as Alasce!!!

My Roots in Alsace, France

(at times Germany), a narrative. En français.

Grandfather Robert Dangel's Web Cards

His ancestors and all their descendants in my file. Besides my family surname, there are Willig, Walter, Kessler, and Caspar families of Durlinsdorf and Koestlach in the Haut-Rhin department of France.
Much of the information on distant cousins in the Haut-Rhin is from Jacques-Henry Bauer and other cousins.

Alsacien Picture Album from my first trip or two.

Familles Les Dangel - Dengel - Dengelin - Dangeli
This used to be a link to a narrative of my surname, but it has disappeared so it is a link to the Center for Families in Alsace. What used to be above in a poor translation in English.

Newspaper article of May 1998 Reunion in Bendorf in English

and the same en français.

Cousins! See my note above.

Also the note about Surnames and Places really applies here.

My father's contemporary and first cousin of my grandfather,
Arthur Dangel, is very interesting. Here is a translation in English of an article by his grandson Thiébault Dangel en français. It is about his experience during World War II when he was in three armies, French, German, and Free French. Not a pleasant experience. He told my father he could have come sooner to France meaning before 1944.

I have an article that was never published,
Visiting European Cousins
that would help new travelers finding their family. 

My first published article on genealogy and travel


I think of Anica and strudel when I think of Slovenia!!!

My Roots in Slovenia (Slovenija)

in English and also in Slovene -- slovenski -- a narrative.

Grandmother Josephine Versic's Web Cards

Her ancestors and all their descendants in my file. This was part of Austria when her parents came to America. None of the special characters in Slovene are here, but are marked with an ' after the letter that should have a special inverted hat. Surnames include Versic, Kramberger, Golob, Tement, Vrabl, and Simonic. Most of the family is from Ptuj, Slovenia, previously Pettau, Austria.

Cousins! See my note above.

Information About Slovenia

Articles by Jim

Slovenian Picture Album from my first visit.

An article on Slovenian Home Cooked Food
same in Slovene Domaca kuhinja v Sloveniji.

Another article on the family small castle site The Manor at Rogoznica.

I have an article that was never published
Visiting European Cousins
that would help new travelers finding their family.


A Favorite Poem by France Preseren
Zdravljica -- A Toast.

History of Slovenes in Europe -- Veneti
A Review by Anton Skerbinc
Go here to find links to the subject.

Link to the
Slovenian Genealogical Society in the United States:

By or For Cousins

I had cousin Gregor Tement visit from Slovenia in 2001-- his pictures.
A narrative section on families of two of Grandmother's first cousins coming to America.

My Journey to Freedom,

How the Bevc Family Got Out of Yugoslavia,

Milena's Story

-- all three by Ladislav Bevc.

I interviewed cousin Janez Kramberger about his experiences in World War II with our cousin Branko Kramberger in English and also in Slovene -- slovenski -- an interesting read.

I am pleased to find nice articles about Slovenia various publications

National Geographic Adventure in 2002

National Geographic Traveler in 2003
National Geographic Traveler in November/December 2004:
Table of Contents Background
Trips first page
Trips second page

Organic Style magazine for February 2005
Very nice article of 8 pages and many full page pictures.

Slovenia is becoming better known, even if the postal service sometimes delivers mail via Bratislava, Slovakia.

Click on the image to see a large Fan-Shaped Ancestor chart.
(Unfortunately this seems always out of date.)

(Click on the image to see a large Isothermic map.)

World map showing locations for Sitka, Alaska; San Francisco, California; Dayton, Ohio; Alsace, France; and Ptuj, Slovenija.

Sitka is the same winter temperature as Alsace and Slovenia
(Sitka=Alsace=Slovenia in January).
Further north of Sitka is colder like Dayton, Ohio, and Eastern Europe.

Weather information
in Sitka and
areas I have family in the world.
.Click for Sitka, Alaska Forecast

Click for Ljubljana Forcast

Click for Basel close to Alsace Forcast

Click for San Francisco, California Forecast

Click for Dayton, Ohio Forecast


This is the view from my front yard of eagles cleaning up fish scraps, July 2005.

A great graphic of Alaska and the Contiguous United States
showing relative distances of Alaska to the rest of the U. S.

Some nice articles about traveling by road in Alaska in National Geographic Adventure magazine in August 2005.

Dangel Family Pages

Directories of my photographs -- not complete.

My Sitka School Pictures in a directory, 

including Sitka High School Class of 1965 reunion pictures from July of 2005.

My Father's 250th Coast Artillery,

U. S. Army, World War II.

World-Wide Dangel Pages

Automobiles Dangel (in France) at my old home page site.

This is the firm of Henry Dangel whose family is also from Moos, Haut-Rhin (Alsace). His granddaughter I believe would be my daughter's 8th cousin, or something like that! His company re-manufactures new vehicles to make them 4 wheel drive. Very interesting plant.

Rainer Dangel Formen-und Werkzeugbau

Bodenäckerstraße 7 Rainer Dangel Formen-und Werkzeugbau
Bodenäckerstraße 7
73266 Bissingen/Teck
He is an engineer designing very sophisticated fuel injection parts for cars, and similar devices that are needed for motorbikes. Also they design and make the machines necessary to automate the production of devices mentioned. Very nifty logo!

Please send your Dangel home page URL to add to this page.
And please do write me about my pages.

Genealogy pages above by Reunion for Macintosh--sorry they do not have a Windows program! They got tired of it and sold it off, last I knew it was called Generations by Sierra. Click on image for the link.


James R. Dangel
1504 Sawmill Creek Road
Sitka, Alaska 99835 USA
Phone: 907-747-3348

Hiding my address underneath to avoid getting spam and unsolicited viruses has not worked very well. You will have to type in my email address from the picture file above.

Please make sure you
include a subject line that means something. I get so much spam that if you are unknown to me and leave it blank or it looks like typical junk I will never see it nor answer you. Put some family names or something useful in the subject line!!!

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