Meet The Volunteers


Requiescat In Pace

Bill McKinley died March 31, 2005. He had served his country during the Korean war and afterwards his community.  For many years he coached teams in the North Wilmington Babe Ruth League.  He was  a member in the Knights of Columbus and the American Legion. He actively participated in Delaware politics through the Democratic Committee, and held a position on the New Castle County Board of Adjustments. 

Bill and his wife Mary Ellen have tran
scribed hundreds of records for our web site, almost since its inception. Both have felt a special affinity with their colleagues who have joined them in expanding the databases of our web site. 

I have had the good fortune being with them on a number of occasions and have had numerous correspondence with Bill via the Internet. I can testify that he is a kind, supportive, thoughtful, and generous man, indeed a man of God. 

Let us rejoice that Bill now resides in the mansion Our Heavenly Father prepared for him since time's beginning.

Joe Lalley
Web Master


Bill and Mary McKinley

"We reside in Claymont, Delaware. We will be married five years in August. We both lost our spouses to illness." Bill and his wife Joan had five children and Mary Ellen and her husband had three children.

Bill retired from the concrete business six years ago after working in that field for more than forty years--the last thirty-five at Certified Concrete in Wilmington. Mary Ellen is the Municipal Secretary for Brookhaven Borough, Delaware County, Pennsylvania. Her brother, Robert Seeley has traced their family back to the 1500s.

Bill became interested in tracing his family roots when the grandchildren asked who their ancestors were. They were working on a school project.

"That was two years ago and we're still going strong. We are researching Bill's Irish great-grandparents - Dougherty and O'Donnell and are also looking for Joan's Irish family roots - Minehan. The non-Irish surnames we are researching are Stilley, Crozier and Zebley.

"We hope our help on this project enables others to have the excitement of discovering more of their roots."

Mary Ellen continues to transcribe records for our web site. 

Back to Volunteers Page