The next few pages are a web adaptation of From Whence We Came prepared and privately published by Joyce (Tornow) Huntington in 2002 for the benefit of those who provided information.

The second part of Joyce’s book is information about the Kopiske family submitted by Sharon Vircks.  You can go to Part II by clicking here  or on Kopiske in the menu above. The Tornow-Kopiske link is the marriage of Wilhelm Tornow and Hermine Kopiske.

Every effort has been made to simulate flipping though the pages of the original book by clicking Next on each page and by using the drop-down menu as a table of contents to jump around in the book.

The historical information concerning our ancestors is presented in the next nineteen Tornow pages and the following eight Kopiske pages.

The detailed information about their descendants, our relatives, most of whom are living, is incorporated into the hundreds of pages of the Combined Tree. You will need to use the guest account to see any information there but the information on living persons is protected from public viewing.

If you are a descendant, please register and I’ll be happy to approve a privileged account for you to see all the detailed information. A link at the bottom of the Combined Tree login page will take you to the registration page.

This is only as accurate as the information received.

Special thanks to:  My daughter, Jill D. Zeinert and also to my niece, Cynthia Marten

— Joyce Huntington

Sources credited by Joyce

Sources Credited by Joyce (Tornow) Huntington for the creation of From Whence We Came

Descendants of Max, William, Alfred, Rudolf, David and Clara Tornow 
(addresses are only in the original book distributed by Joyce Huntington)

Archives at University of Wisconsin/Stevens Point, WI

St. Martin’s Lutheran Church, Clintonville, WI

Wayne Guyant (now deceased) – cemetery researcher

Otto Tornow family history – descendants of Otto Tornow

Current maps of "Tornow towns" – Robert Babcock

Library at Clintonville, WI – obituaries on microfilm from the following newspapers:

Clintonville Herald – March 14 to October 10, 1879
Clintonville Gazette – 1919 to 1940
Clintonville Tribune – November 1882 to June 20, 1968

Census records – archives at Stevens Point, WI and Robert Babcock

Kopiske family History – Sharon Vircks (see the Kopiske page)

Elder Hostel – our German Heritage – Ferdinand, Indiana

Last update: July 6, 2021