Hi!  My name is Adrianne (Andie) Fortenberry Criminger and I love learning and writing about family history.  My family wrote and published the now out of print “Fortenberry Families of Southern Mississippi.”  As the primary caretaker of our Fortenberry history, I have been asked many times if we will ever reprint the book.  I am sorry to say but the answer is no.  I have become so involved with new research and sharing it through this blog that I do not want to give up the time necessary to edit and reprint the book.  Since it was published in 1984, many things have been discovered which would necessitate a rewriting of the entire beginning.  So, with that said, if you want up to date information about our family, please check here!

As you look through the blog articles you will find quite a few that relate to Polish people.  My mother’s parents came through Ellis Island in the early 1900s and those articles are about my Polish heritage.

Please leave comments if you have any feedback you would like to share.

16 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Colleen
    Jan 08, 2014 @ 17:55:41

    Hello! I have Fortenberry connections. Maybe we share ancestors. Check out my website please and let me know or let me know your details.



  2. Kevin
    May 03, 2014 @ 11:53:08

    This is an interesting blog. I’ve poked around a little bit and will definitely need to do a little bit more. It seems we are distant cousins. I’m from the Israel Falkenberry line, though in your “history” PDF you’ve got his last name as Fortenberry. I just started getting into genealogy back in December so it is cool to see many of the names I have pop up over here as well.

    I was wondering if I could see a family tree for the Fortenberry line. I’ve got a Falkenberry/Fortenberry tree I’ve been putting together and have a lot of names from the son of William Jasper, Alfred, but not much from anyone else.


  3. Sue Martinson
    Feb 16, 2015 @ 18:05:19

    What a wonderful site. I am so impressed ! Don’t forget us…your Helms cousins.
    Please e-mail me at suem600@yahoo.com so I can let you know my thoughts about the connection.



  4. ginnyandchucksfamily
    Apr 20, 2015 @ 08:35:44

    Outstanding! You have a way of presenting information that makes it easy to understand and interesting. Always a learning experience. Thank you


  5. Regina F. Cross
    Dec 26, 2015 @ 13:44:49

    Kevin and Colleen, Please check the blog roll at the left for “Our DNA” to see where you fit in. It would be interesting to see how the DNA of a male member of your family connects with the family group.

    There was more than one “Israel” Fortenberry/ Falkenberry/Faulkenburg. Our spelling of the last name is dependent on the record we researched. If have come across different legal documents where the name is spelled multiple ways. Makes research interesting….
    Regina Fortenberry Cross


  6. Gene Yellak
    Jan 02, 2017 @ 18:44:13

    My name.is Gene Yellak, your father was my dad’s Best Man in Long Beach, California, when they were aboard the USS Helena!


  7. Deborah Anne Fortinberry Edwards
    Jan 22, 2017 @ 00:27:31

    I came across this blog purely by accident while googling Eleanor and Eliza Jane Fortenberry, Victor Everette and Jane’s kids, when Eliza Jane Ellsye Fortenberry d.1860 popped up. Before I knew it I was drawn into and reading about Pearl Harbor. Not till I saw a pic of a sailor being kissed by his mother, Mrs. F. E. Fortenberry did it click. . . That’s Aunt Mae! This is about my family! My Granddaddy, Sheldon Burrel Fortinberry was brother to Ferman Fortenberry! Now. . . “IN” or “EN”? Hope to see ya’ll in the future.


  8. criminger
    Jan 29, 2018 @ 08:32:25

    Hi Fran,
    I will contact you later today with the info for Gene Yallek. I am sure he would love to hear from you. I have a 4X great grandmother name Antonina Lavendowska and want to know about any research you have done on the family. Thanks for finding me?


  9. Ronald L Wange, Jr.
    May 30, 2018 @ 23:11:37

    Wonderful work! Thanks so very much for presenting the results of your hard work in such a clear and compelling fashion. David Faulkenberry was my 5th great grandfather, via my father’s maternal line. Interestingly, I am also independently related to the Van Valkenburg linage via my mother. I bet they didn’t know that they were (distant) cousins!


    • criminger
      Jun 01, 2018 @ 17:09:54

      Hi Ronald – it’s great to meet a new cousin! Thanks for the praise – it is a labor of love! It is amazing that you are related to both the Fortenberrys and Van Valkenburgs! Your ancestor, David, and mine named John were brothers. John is my 4X great grandfather. Our most recent common ancestor would Jacob Falkenburg. According to my calculations, we are sixth cousins, once removed! David Faulkenberry certainly had a tough time during the Revolutionary War.


  10. Colleen
    Jun 07, 2018 @ 08:55:05

    Hello, Andie. I am a Fortenberry thru William Jasper Fortenberry; Euseba Fortenberry Smith; Emmaline Smith Brown; Jasper Pascal Brown. I am writing a small book for my branch of the family and would like your permission to reference your research. I will give full sources to your work. I have been in awe of your work since I first read your book, years ago. I don’t know another method of contacting you so I am asking you here. Would you be comfortable with this? Colleen


  11. Rebekah Childers Bradford
    Jan 04, 2019 @ 16:31:39

    I have just spent 4 hours today reading your stories of the Fortenberry family. It is all so interesting! My g.grandfather was William L. Fortenberry son of Thomas B. Fortenberry, my 3 gg was Oliver Rice Fortenberry, 4th gg Jacob Fortenberry, 5gg James Leath Fortenberry, and 6gg Hendrick Fortenberry. Could Hendrick’s first wife be Elizabeth? Can you go any further than Hendrick in the family? I am fairly new at researching and want to read (and learn) more! Thank you for all the work you are doing to preserve the Fortenberry name.


  12. elizabeth
    Jan 14, 2019 @ 13:11:32

    Dear Andie

    My name is Elizabeth Glińska. I am the sister of Jadwiga Grzymała with Kumelska – the oldest daughter of Edmund Górecki from Kumelska. Her grandma from the Sadowski line was the daughter of Mateusz Sadowski and Józefa Pieniążek. She stayed in Poland. She visited her siblings in the USA in 1960-61. The economy was in 1911 in Kumelsk, where her parents came in 1901. She died in 1921 in Kumel. Mateusz is my great-grandfather from the Sadowski line. I have a photo of me are great-grandparents Mateusz and Józef with children Wiktoria, Antoni and Stanisław, Jadwiga-baba and grand-daughter Stanisław Calak. It was done in Poland when Wiktoria came as close as possible. The First World War broke out and she could not return to her husband in the USA. Only when Poland regained its independence back. In 2018, Poles celebrated 100 years of regaining independence. Keep records at the request of Brother Jadwiga-Stanisław Sadowski in the book of the church in Romanes from 1900. He wrote in Russian, and godparents were Konstanty and Karolina of Rakowskich Pieniążkowie.Ja I live in Piątnica 1 km from Łomża. I was a Polish teacher in a college. I have a son, Kristian, a doctor and lives in Szczecin.


  13. Helen Kilough Wilson
    Mar 20, 2019 @ 02:31:42

    My great grandmother was Ella Emma Faulkinbury Kilough daughter of William Jasper Faulkinbury. One of her brothers was George Franklin Faulkinbury of which my grandfather was named after, George Franklin Kilough. I would love to see any pictures you may have of Ella Emma. I have one.


  14. Patricia Dolan
    Apr 18, 2019 @ 18:48:07

    Nice website. I just recently received my DAR number. Much of my research revolves around the Fortenberry’s in South Mississippi. My grand father was Henry Reese Fortenberry. He was the son of John Gazie Fortenberry. Using this line was difficult since proving a father son relationship between John Gazie Fortenberry and his father. I was able to prove lineage through his mother Martha Daughdrill.
    My question is your book available for purchase?


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