This site was started based on work done many years ago by my mother, M. Joyce Mattson, nee Wild (1929-2004). She became interested in genealogy in the 1970s, and passed the torch
-- together with documents and photos -- to me circa 2000.This site would not exist today if not for her work back then. Thank you Mom.
I would also like to thank Peter Etue, who maintains the Joseph Wild branch of this site. Peter's contributions over the years have been invaluable and are much appreciated.
I am Jan Gallant nee Mattson, a great great granddaughter of Casimir Wild. Please feel free to contact me if you have any comments, questions, corrections, additions, etc. regarding this site, or if you would just like to say hello to a distant cousin.
Let us praise our ancestors
Let us praise our ancestors, illustrious men in their successive generations.
The Lord has created an abundance of glory and displayed his greatness from earliest times.
Some...were intelligent advisors and uttered prophetic oracles.
Others directed the people by their advice, by their understanding of the popular mind, and by the wise words of their teaching.
Others were rich and powerful, living peacefully in their homes.
All these were honored by their contemporaries and were the glory of their day...
Here is a list of generous men, whose good works have not been forgotten.
In their descendants there remains a rich inheritance born of them.
Mom's genealogy work
My mother did her genealogy research back in the pre-internet era. She summarized her results in a 1983 typed document which she entitled "Let Us Praise Our Ancestors". The contents of this document formed the basis of this website and are shared here in her memory and honor.