'Life is too short to wake up in the morning, with regrets, so love the people who treat you right, forget about the ones who don't, and believe that everything happens for a reason.  If you get a chance, take it.  If it changes your life, let it.  Nobody said life would be easy, they just promised it would be worth it."

This is a story of my family history.  Hopefully I will be able to share with other families  to help them find their tree branches to know of where they originated from.  As you go from page to page, you will see how the branches grow.  We start with the Steele, Byrns and Prout families of Ireland and Canada and then travel on to the Vinkes and the Martens from Germany into the late 1700's for my mother, Betty Vinke who married into the Steele family.  The Livesay and Lutzen pages are about myself and my daughter and our family.

When I first began this journey back in the mid 1990's, I had no idea of what I would discover.  I made a visit to the Mormon Church in Buffalo Grove, Illinois and there I found my grandfather Steele's family in Prince Edward Island, Canada.  It didn't take long for me to want to continue and see where it would lead me.  It was a challenge then and still is a road that I am traveling to find more family tidbits. I have traveled to Canada, Indiana and Iowa in search of newspaper articles, homes they lived in and different cemeteries. I have met some of the most eventful people in my life.  In Sarnia, Ontario, I met with a couple of great cousins who welcomed me into their homes and shared their family history with me.  I "met" Janet  over the internet in Manitoba and she spent many hours researching my grandmother's side in a little cemetery.  We still converse back and forth and share jokes with each other by email.  One day I hope to be able to thank her in person!

The Steele side goes back to Prince Edward Island, Canada into the late 1800's and then with the Prout family of Forest Ontario.  As you look at the different family pages, I have tried to tell the story of their lives.  I have included many pictures from my travels to different areas, which will include homes, cemeteries and personal articles that I have been able to obtain.  Hopefully this will help any researcher looking for something.

The names you see listed are from the past and present and hopefully it will bloom into a old family tree with many branches.  Everyone is welcomed to use this information, but, if you have any that you could share with me, please feel free to email me at snowlady309@hotmail.com.  I have come to a brick wall with the Steele family in Prince Edward Island, Canada, so any help would be greatly appreciated. 

     This is my son-in-law Jerry Lutzen and my two grandsons, Tyler, age 10, and Ryan, age 5.  My grandsons are the most precious gift a person could ask for.  I am very blessed to have them in my life.  My daughter, Heather Joy Livesay Lutzen, passed away on February 8, 2008, and she was lucky to have them in her short life also.   I am hoping to input as much information as I can.  

This is just the beginning of a very old tree with many branches.  Thanks to all who have helped me continue my research.

Anita Steele Livesay

There are two lasting bequests we can give our children -         one is roots, and the other, wings.