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Marjory Dennstedt was a dedicated family researcher and genealogist.  She spent countless hours examining original documentation relating her family lines.  While several contemporary family genealogists have taken issue with Ms. Dennstedt's conclusions regarding the relationships between the various Childers/Childress lines, no one has ever suggested that her original research was not proper and well documented.

The Dennstedt Treatise may be downloaded to the user's computer in Microsoft Word format or open text format.  The reader may also go to a RootsWeb family tree, based on the Dennstedt papers by clicking here (for a view of an index to all individuals) or by clicking here (for a fully expanded family tree view, beginning with the first patriarch).  This is the "Master" GEDCOM for this James River Viking Clan project and includes many of the Childers/Childress entries referenced in the above Dennstedt paper, as may be altered by more recent research findings.  The reader is encouraged to submit corrections to the gedcom file to J.P. Childress using the appropriate contact information.  An outline is included which lists all the individual entries researched by Ms. Dennstedt.

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REMEMBER...the comprehensive research undertaken by Marjory Dennstedt is fundamentally sound and serves as an excellent starting point for the Childers/Childress genealogist wishing to make a connection with the "original" James River Viking Childers/Childress pioneer family.

Following is a copy of Ms. Dennstedt's obituary as of 2009:

DENNSTEDT, ALBERTA MARJORY Alberta Marjory Dennstedt went to be with the Lord on October 20, 2009.

She was born on March 29, 1920, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. She moved to San Diego in 1926. Alberta graduated from Point Loma High School in 1938 and continued her education at San Diego State where she joined Sigma Kappa Sorority. Alberta graduated with an Art Major, and History Minor Degree. During World War II, she worked in her father's office as secretary and bookkeeper. Alberta was a member of the Mission Valley First Methodist Church. Alberta was active in PEO and held the offices of Recording and Corresponding Secretary, Treasurer, VP, President and Reciprocity President, for the San Diego Chapters. She was also on the board of DAR (Daughters of the American Revolution.) She also held the office of President in Colonial Dames for two terms. Alberta's greatest accomplishment was her extensive genealogy research. She had five documented publications in Dorman's Magazine, with articles covering many families. Traveling was her favorite indulgence. She enjoyed Commander Scott's Tours, in the 1960s. Her travels took her around the U.S., to Hawaii, Alaska, Canada, Europe, England, Scotland, and Ireland. Alberta was dedicated to caring for both of her parents, until they went on to be with the Lord. They are now having a Heavenly Family Reunion.

A private family memorial service has been held. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to: California P.E.O. Home, 700 N. Stoneman Avenue, Alhambra, CA 91801.


Published in San Diego Union-Tribune on October 25, 2009