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There are 5876 names in this family tree. The earliest recorded event is the birth of Plantagenet, Matilda (Maud) in 1102. The most recent event is the death of Halfmann, Gerald Alfred in 2019.The webmaster of this site is William Alan Toll. Please click here if you have any comments or feedback.

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About The 5 Tolls Family Tree
My name is William Toll, I am fifty nine years old and live in Brandon, WI.  I am making 
this family tree in the hope that my children's children will read it, enjoy it and 
learn from it.  I believe a wise man once said that "we can not figure out where we 
are going, until we find out where we have been."  I hope this family tree not only 
entertains you, but it helps you to find where you have been!

DNA update 2019:

Germanic Europe
Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium & Luxembourg
Western Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium & Luxembourg
Brandenburg & Mecklenburg-Vorpommern
England, Wales & Northwestern Europe
Baltic States
Ireland & Scotland

I have just performed a DNA test from, 2018, I had always believed that I was one 
hundred percent German but I was very surprised to find out that I was 26 percent Scandinavian, 21 
percent German, 17 percent Great Britain, 15 percent Eastern Europe, 11 percent 
Ireland/Scotland/Wales and 7 percent Southern Europe.  In limited searching of the Scandinavian 
countries of Sweden, Norway and Denmark I can only find Toll's on record in Norway, the city of 
Langesund in the county of Telemark, I have no link to any of my ancestors being from there but down 
the road with more research maybe I can find a link some day.  Wouldn't that be something if I was 

James Baldwin - “Know from whence you came. If you know whence you came, there are 
absolutely no limitations to where you can go.”

Sir Winston Churchill - “The farther backwards you can look, the farther forward you 
are likely to see.”

One of my favorites: Desmond Tutu - "You don't choose your family.  They are God's gift to you, as 
you are to them." 

I read an article from the Sept 12, 1995 issue of the North Dakota Weekly Heritage.  
The article was entitled "German epitaph timeless", the article was about the 
cemetery at Great Bend where Frederick and Charles Stoltenow are buried.  The author 
Bob King states:  The spot where a church should be is an empty concrete platform, 
and I'm puzzled until I read the marker in front of it.  Established as the Zion 
Kirche der Evangelichen Gemeinschaft in 1904.....the church has been moved to 
Wahpeton where it now stands as the Zion Chapel.  The author walks through the old 
cemetery full of old German headstones.  He happens upon one, a Fred Sedler (1864-
1961), I am sure a neighbor of the Stoltenow's, Mr King stops to read the epitaph:

Mutter wenn die Kinder fragen         Mother, when the children ask
Wo ist unser Vater hin                    Where is our father
Wenn sie weinen wenn sie klagen     When they cry, when they cry with sorrow
Saft dass ich in Himmel bin               Say that I'm in Heaven

Mr King finishes the article:  I find myself repeating it in German several times 
before I leave the quiet cemetery and get back in the car.  It's the middle of the 
week, but all around me in Great Bend it feels like Sunday.  I turn and cross the 
river which is moving forever north.  After reading this article, it makes me 
appreciate a little more, why years ago, when Charles and Frederick headed west they 
picked this spot to stop and make there home.-william

Your tombstone stands among the rest;
neglected and alone.
The name and date are chiseled out
on polished, marbled stone.
It reaches out to all who care,
It is too late to mourn.
You did not know that I'd exist,
You died and I was born.
Yet each of us are cells of you
in flesh, in blood, in bone.
Our blood contracts and beats a pulse
entirely not our own.
Dear Ancestor, the place you filled
one hundred years ago -
Spreads out among the ones you left
who would have loved you so.
I wonder if you lived and loved,
I wonder if you knew
That someday I would find this spot,
and come to visit you.
~Author Unknown
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Getting Around
There are several ways to browse the family tree. The Tree View graphically shows the relationship of selected person to their kin. The Family View shows the person you have selected in the center, with his/her photo on the left and notes on the right. Above are the father and mother and below are the children. The Ancestor Chart shows the person you have selected in the left, with the photograph above and children below. On the right are the parents, grandparents and great-grandparents. The Descendant Chart shows the person you have selected in the left, with the photograph and parents below. On the right are the children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Do you know who your second cousins are? Try the Kinship Relationships Tool. Your site can generate various Reports for each name in your family tree. You can select a name from the list on the top-right menu bar.

In addition to the charts and reports you have Photo Albums, the Events list and the Relationships tool. Family photographs are organized in the Photo Index. Each Album's photographs are accompanied by a caption. To enlarge a photograph just click on it. Keep up with the family birthdays and anniversaries in the Events list. Birthdays and Anniversaries of living persons are listed by month. Want to know how you are related to anybody ? Check out the Relationships tool.

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