Genealogical Society of Whitley County
Post Office Box 224
Columbia City, IN 46725-0224



     

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Genealogical Society of Whitley County Indiana
Post Office Box 224
Columbia City, IN 46725-0224

Monthly Meetings every
3rd Thursday, 6:30 p.m.
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                        at the
Peabody Public Library
1160 East State Road 205
Columbia City, Indiana


2014-2015 Officers:

President               Charlotte Blair
CSBlair@embarqmail.com

Vice President Kay Craig
KCraig57@msn.com

Recording Secretary               Susan Richey
SHRichey@yahoo.com

Treasurer/
Corresponding Secretary

              Cindy Keirn
CindyK@corporateairfw.com
3581 North Airport Road
Columbia City, IN 46725
AC 260 - 691-3627

Editor Kay Craig
KCraig57@msn.com


Tentative Programs
3rd Thursday, 6:30 p.m.
usually held at the
Peabody Public Library
1160 East State Road 205
Columbia City, Indiana

2014     
 
November 20, 2014      Resources Available and Time to Research 6:30 PM
South Whitley Library, 201 E Front Street, South Whitley, IN

December, 2014      No Meeting

2015     
 
January, 2015      No Meeting

February 19 , 2015      Share an Ancestor

March 19 , 2015      Land Records and What They Tell Us
Presented by Deb Muntz

April 16, 2015      To be Announced.

May 21, 2015      Annual Dinner Meeting
Woodlands Senior Center.

June, 2015      To be Announced.

July , 2015      To be Announced.

August, 2015      To be Announced.

September, 2015      To be Announced.

October, 2015     To be Announced.

November, 2015      To be Announced.

December, 2015      No Meeting.

2016     
 
January, 2016      No Meeting this month.

February, 2016      Share an Ancestor.

March, 2016      To be Announced.

April, 2016      To be Announced.

May, 2016      Annual Dinner Meeting

June, 2016      To be Announced.

July, 2016      To be Announced.

August, 2016      To be Announced.

September, 2016      To be Announced.

October, 2016     To be Announced.

November, 2016      To be Announced.

December, 2016      No Meeting


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Genealogical Society of Whitley County

The purpose of the Genealogical Society of Whitley County is to collect and preserve the ancestry of Whitley County families, to stimulate and instruct all persons who may be interested in genealogy, to develop and record historical and vital facts of Whitley County and the people who originated, developed and helped build the communities within the county, and to encourage the development and maintenance of genealogical files.

Membership in the Genealogical Society of Whitley County is open to anyone who is interested in Genealogy. The Cost of Membership is $15.00 single --- $20.00 family (one mailing address) per year. Membership year is July 1st - June 30th. Membership includes the quarterly newsletter: Whitley County Roots. (Index to surnames in the Whitley County Roots)

Queries and Written Correspondence should be sent to the: Genealogical Society of Whitley County, P.O. Box 224, Columbia City, IN 46725-0224.

Card Index of Ancestors and queries maintained. Please send all correspondence to: Genealogical Society of Whitley County, P.O. Box 224, Columbia City, IN 46725-0224.

Publications: Check the GSWC Pricelist for GSWC Books in print.

Research Policy: It is the policy of the Genealogical Society of Whitley County that we do not do volunteer research for individuals. The only free service offered is a check of the Society's surname file. The person interested in any research service may wish to place a query in our newsletter for a fee to be determined by the membership. On request to the Corresponding Secretary, the person may be provided with a list of members who will research for hire. The Society does not assume responsibility for their work or for the members of the Society.

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First Families of Whitley County

Pioneer Families of Whitley County

The Genealogical Society of Whitley County, Indiana announces two new programs honoring early settlers of Whitley County. Direct descendants of early settlers are eligible to become a member of First Families of Whitley County and/or Pioneer Families of Whitley County.

The First Families of Whitley County program honors the settlers who resided within the present-day boundaries of Whitley County, Indiana on or before December 31, 1850.

Those who settled in Whitley County between December 31, 1850 and December 31, 1870 will be recognized through the Pioneer Families of Whitley County" program.

Applicants must prove that their ancestor lived within the boundaries of present-day Whitley County, Indiana within the designated time period AND that they are direct descendants of the said ancestor. If approved, applicants will be issued a certificate suitable for framing. Applicants who submit the necessary documentation by July 1, 2002 will be issued "Charter Member" certificates upon approval.

The application form includes complete instructions as well as guidelines for acceptable evidence and can be obtained at the GSWC website or from the GSWC at PO Box 224, Columbia City, IN 46725. Applications will also be available at the monthly meeting, which is held at the Peabody Public Library at 6:30 pm on the third Thursday of each month.


GSWC Members on the Internet

Please send changes or additions directly to Dr. Gradeless


GSWC MemberE-Mail Address / Website link
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Charlotte Hurd BlairCSBlair@embarqmail.com
Jeannette Brown WCHist@yahoo.com
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Fred & Sharon Cearbaugh FSCear@embarqmail.com
Jane Crandall JaneCrandall@yahoo.com
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Sheila Slessman Dillard SDillard0411@cs.com
Patricia Watson Dyson Dyson67@Yahoo.com
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Margie J. Elliott DMElliott@aol.com
Donald L. Evilsizor ka9qwc@arrl.net
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C. Dwane GraceDGrace@woh.rr.com
Donald E. Gradeless Gradeless@GMail.com -- Website
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Julia HayesMJHayes@kconline.com
Mike HayesMJHayes@kconline.com
Beverly HenleyBeverlyA.Henley@gamil.com
Kay A. (Croxton) Hilliard Hilliard@fwi.com
Charles HolderbaumSkip310@aol.com
Deborah HolderbaumSkip310@aol.com -- Website
Linda Hollenbaughkhfrog@kconline.com
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Cindy KeirnCindyK@corporateairfw.com
Dave Keiser wb9unl@yahoo.com
Tom Kirk TKirk@ctlnet.com
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Barbara Lacy Lacy@ieee.org
Linda (Kitson) LundbladLLundblad03@hotmail.com
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Donald C. Malone PJMalone@q.com
Dan Maroney Optimist2@earthlink.net
Mary Jane (White) Morrison       mimersmo@comcast.net
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Debbie Slessman Nelson DebiNels@msn.com
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Jon Pontzius JPontzius@earthlink.net
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Susan Richey shrichey@yahoo.com
Judy Ormsby Richter judyri@ligtel.com
Brenda Reeg Robison BooksBoop@aol.com-- Website
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Marcia A. Schneider BobandMarcia@hotmail.com
Steven Schonefeld SSchonefeld@mchsi.com
Jeanette E. Sherbondy JSherbondy2@washcoll.edu
Judy Sherman JSherman2@cfl.rr.com
Jim Smith wz9c@performancewisp.com
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Victor K. Thomas KaleianRusty@aol.com
Ruth Towneruthgene@juno.com
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Herb Vanderford HCVan@frontier.com
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Carole Weaver CanDoIt2@charter.net
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Elizabeth YannEYann@rexnet.net

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Whitley County Marriage Applications
Books 1-4, 1905-1913
Excellent alternative source for the 1890 census.
Discover the maiden names of the Bride &; Grooms mother!
Place of birth and residence of the parents.
Check the indexes online:
Book #1 - Book #2 - Book #3 - Book #4
Soft cover, spiral bound, every name index.

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GSWC Member Ancestor Charts
Index to the Member Ancestor Charts

178 Charts, Soft cover, spiral bound, indexed

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William VanMeter 1807-1885

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Go to Whitley County Marriage ApplicationsBook #1 Index

Go to Whitley County Marriage Applications Book #2 Index

Go to Whitley County Marriage Applications Book #3 Index

Go to Whitley County Marriage Applications Book #4 Index

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Whitley County Reference Works
E-Mail or Queries or further Links are highlighted
Internet Links or addresses are for books still in print.
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Obituaries and other news items of early settlers of Noble County Indiana as published in the
- - - - - - - ALBION NEW ERA by Frances Dingman Chapter DAR, 1948.
Obituaries from the South Whitley Area 1885-1930 by Marjorie J. Kite, Dr. Manasseh Cutler Chapter, DAR, 1978.
Original Land Entries of Whitley County Indiana by Karen and Stuart Harter, 1982.
Records of six cemeteries in Whitley County Indiana by Col. Augustin de la Balme Chapter, DAR, 1958.
Roberson Undertaker Records, Churubusco Indiana 1858-1932.
Sonday Funeral Home Records, Churubusco Indiana 1906-1932.
Sonday Funeral Home Records, Churubusco Indiana 1933-1950.
Thorncreek's Eternity Cities by Nellie M. Raber, reprinted 1993.
Whitley County Bibliography of Genealogical and Historical References by Stuart Harter, 1983.
Whitley County Cemetery Inscriptions by Wallace V. Williamson, 1982.
Whitley County Indiana Sources by Stuart A. Harter, 1987.
Whitley County Marriage Application Abstracts, Books 1-4, with everyname index.Whitley County Genealogical Society, 2000:
Whitley CountyMarriage Applications Book 1 Index
Whitley CountyMarriage Applications Book 2 Index.
Whitley CountyMarriage Applications Book 3 Index.
Whitley CountyMarriage Applications Book 4 Index.
Whitley County Marriage Records 1838-1860 by Velma Moeller of Col. Augustin de la Balme Chapter, DAR
Whitley County Naturalization Index by the Genealogical Society of Whitley County
Whitley County Obituary Record Published at Columbia City by Nellie M. Raber. reprinted 1979.
Whitley County Organization by Indiana Genealogical Records Committee, DAR, 1952.
Whitley County Tax Lists: 1844 Whitley County Tax List

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Whitley County Research Help
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GSWC members and others have volunteered to check the following Whitley County related works without charge. All lookups must have a Whitley County Connection or you must be an active member of the Genealogical Society of Whitley County. Please Email the researcher with your Whitley County request. Mention the Title and "Whitley County Research Help". Please be patient, sometimes the researcher is away on vacation. If you have Whitley County records you can search free for others, please send details to Dr. Gradeless.

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The Whitley County Historical Society

The Whitley County Historical Museum
108 West Jefferson Street
Columbia City, Indiana 46725
Telephone (260) 244-6372

The Bulletin is published by the Whitley County Historical Society, quarterly: March, June, September and December and is mailed to all Society members. The Bulletin is intended to bring to light and preserve stories, articles, anecdotes, account of personalities and events, and pictures, all relating to Whitley County and its history. Contributions are encouraged. Single copies of The Bulletin are available at the Whitley County Historical Museum or by mail for $4.00. The Bulletin prints an annual index of names and articles.

The Whitley County Historical Society is a non-profit educational organization. New members are welcome. Membership dues (as of Jan 1, 1998) are $15.00 per year, Individual Life Memberships are $300.00.

The Whitley County Historical Museum is located at 108 West Jefferson Street, Columbia City, Indiana 46725 in the former home of Vice President Thomas R. Marshall: &;quot;What this country needs is a good five cent cigar.&;quot; A Curator and other staff members are available to assist you. The Curator's Report appears in each issue of The Bulletin. A new annex is currently under construction behind the Marshall home and will be dedicated shortly. The annex will house a storage area and The Bulletin office upstairs and exhibition space on the first floor which will include a Native American woodland wigwam.


Be sure to visit the Whitley County Historical Society Website

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Whitley County Addresses

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The Churubusco Public Library
116 North Mulberry Street
Churubusco, IN 46723
Telephone: (260) 693-6466

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City of Columbia City
City Hall
Columbia City, IN 46725
[260} 248-5100
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DAR
The Colonel Augustin de la Balme Chapter
Daughters of the American Revolution

Charlotte Sue Hurd Blair
943 West Keiser Road
Columbia City, Indiana 46725
260-244-7322

Email Contact: Charlotte Blair - CSBlair@embarqmail.com

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The Columbia City Chamber of Commerce
210 North Line Street
P. O. Box 166
Columbia City, IN 46725
Telephone: (260) 248-8131
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Columbia City High School
North Whitley Street
Columbia City, IN 46725
Telephone: (260) 244-6163
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Genealogical Society of Whitley County
Post Office Box 224
Columbia City, IN 46725-0224
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Society of the War of 1812
in the State of Indiana

Serving Descendants of Veterans of 1812 in Indiana
11402 East 225 South
Winona Lake, IN 46590-2041
Telephone (574) 267-6020
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1812 Veterans Buried in Indiana

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SR LOGO
Sons of the Revolution
in the State of Indiana

Indiana’s Revolutionary Ancestors

The George Rogers Clark Papers

The SR-Indiana is a sponsor of the
Great Lakes Lineage Society Winter Encampment Luncheons
For Indiana Lineage Society members who Winter in Central Florida
every January, February and March.
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The Peabody Public Library

Search the iBistro Online Catalog

1160 East Hwy 205
Columbia City, IN 46725

Phone: 260-244-5541
Fax: 260-244-5653

Mailing address:
P.O. Box 406
Columbia City, IN 46725

Online Catalog Ibistro - Peabody Public Library

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The Post & Mail
927 Connexion Way
Columbia City, IN 46725
Telephone: (260) 244-5153
Fax: (260) 244-7598

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The South Whitley Cleveland Twp. Public Library

201 East Front Street
South Whitley, IN 46787
Telephone: (260) 723-5321
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The Whitley County Court House
101 West Van Buren Street
Columbia City, IN 46725
Telephone: (260) 248-3102

Many records of interest to researchers are now at:
Whitley County Records Area Archives


Whitley County Recorder — (260) 248-3106
Wills available from recorder $1 per sheet, SASE
(must have Document Numbers from Auditor's office.)
SASE = Self Addressed Stamped Envelope.
Whitley County Records Area Archives
Whitley County Auditor — (260) 248-3100
Whitley County Records Area Archives
Whitley County Clerk — (260) 248-3102
Marriage licences and applications are $1 per copy &; SASE
or $2.00 &; SASE, for a certified copy
SASE = Self Addressed Stamped Envelope.
Whitley County Records Area Archives
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The Whitley County Health Department
Birth & Death Records
220 West Van Buren Street, Suite 111
Columbia City, IN 46725-2056
Telephone: (260) 248-3121
Fax: (260) 248-3129


Certified Death Certificates — $10.00 each, SASE.
Certified Birth Certificates — $10.00 each, SASE.
Prices are subject to change so please verify current fees.
SASE = Self Addressed Stamped Envelope.

Information on abstracted cards are free for the first three.
After the first 3, it is $.25 a sheet (3 cards per sheet) &; SASE.
SASE = Self Addressed Stamped Envelope.

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The Whitley County Historical Museum
108 West Jefferson Street
Columbia City, Indiana 46725
Telephone: (260) 244-6372
Fax: 260-244-6384
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The Whitley County Historical Society
108 West Jefferson Street
Columbia City, Indiana 46725
Telephone: (260) 244-6372
Fax: 260-244-6384
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Whitley Memorial Hospital
353 North Oak Street
Columbia City, IN 46725
Telephone: 1-800-325-1338
(260) 244-6191
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Search On-Line Catalogs
Some Catalogs are online only when the library is open.

ACPL - Allen County Public Library

CATNYP - CATalog New York Public Library

CountyCat - Milwaukee COUNTY Library CATalog

D.A.R. Library — Washington, DC

Huntington Public LibraryHuntington Library Catalog

Indiana State Library

Library of Congress — Washington DC

Library of Virginia — 800 East Broad St., Richmond, VA
Library of Virginia - Digital Library Program

MadCat - UW-MADison CATalog (includes Wisconsin Historical Society)

Newberry Library Catalog — The Newberry Library - Chicago

OPAC-97 - The British Library - Online Public Access Catalog.

Peabody Public Library — Columbia City — IBistro Online Catalog

SJCPL Search St. Joseph Co. Library’s Search

WISCAT — WISconsin CATalog - Full Statewide Catalog

Recommend an outstanding Genealogy Catalog

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Whitley County Genealogy Links


Links for Beginners:

Backward Footprints - Things to ask abour or write about.
Cyndi's List - How To - For the beginning genealogist. — Cyndi's List
Everton's Genealogical Helper Magazine - the standard for family history research.
Genealogy Buff - A Kickstart to your Genealogy Research
Genealogy Classes — How to, Genealogy Classes, &; References
Geneasearch Beginners - for new researchers and those new to the internet.
Hereditary Society Community - for information on Hereditary Societies
Introduction to Heraldry - armorial bearings, crests, tinctures, and other charges.
Treasure Maps - Step-by-Step Guides for help with genealogical research.


Let us know if you have found a site we should link to.

1600's Ancestors Data Base -|- About Genealogy

Allen County Genealogical Society -|-

American Local History Network

Ancestor Tracks - Ancestry Magazine - Ancestry's Social Security Death Index

American Genealogical-Biographical Index (AGBI)

Archive Grid -|- Association for Gravestone Studies

Atlas of Historical County Boundries

Beginner's Guide to Family History -|- BYU Family History Archive

Cemeteries in Indiana -|- Cemetery Records Online

Cemeteries of the United States

Census Tools -|- Center for Life Stories Preservation

Church of the Brethren History &; Genealogy

Civil War Family History -|- Civil War Soldiers

CompuGen Systems -|- Copyright &; Genealogy

Cyndi's ListFree Stuff -|- Indiana Genealogy Page

DAR Genealogical Research System - Detroit Society for Genealogical Research

Distant Cousins Genealogy -|- Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter

Ellis Island RecordsSearch Ellis Island Records

Encyclopedia of Genealogy

Everyname Index

Family Search -|- Family Tree Maker

Fort Wayne Federal Land Records

Fort Wayne Library -|- Genealogy Books On-Line

Genealogical.com -|- GenConnect -|- Genealogy Buff

Genealogy.com -|- Genealogy.org

* Genealogy Guys * -|- Genealogy Today

GeneaSearch -|- General Land Office -|- CenCircles -|- GenForum

GenGateway -|- Google Book Search -|- German Genealogy Cross-Index

Stuart Harter Publications -|- Hereditary Society Community

Higginson Books -|- Hoosier Genealogy

Huntington Free Press - Obituaries

Illinois Statewide Marriage Index, 1763–1900

Immigration Records - Ship Passenger Records

Immigration Ships Passenger Guild -|- Indiana Cemeteries

Indiana 1820 Census- 1830 Census

Indiana Digital Archives | Indiana Genalogical Society

Indiana Historical Bureau -|- Indiana Historical Society

Indiana’s Lineage Links -|- Indiana Newspapers

Indiana’s Revolutionary Ancestors -|- Indiana State Archives

Indiana Bibliography Index prior to 1990 -|- Indiana Bibliography Index after 1990

Indiana Cemetery Locator

Indiana Libraries Indiana Marriages prior to 1850 / 1993-2000

Indiana State Library - Genealogy Divison

Indiana Soldier's and Sailor's Children's Home

Indiana World War 2 Servicmen -|- InGenWeb Links

Index to the George Rogers Clark Papers

Kosciusko County Historical Society

LaPorte/Winamac Federal Land Records

Local History &; Genealogy Librarian News Online -|- Lost Cousins

Medieval English Genealogy -|- Miami Valley Genealogical Index

Migrations -|- National Archives /Genealogy Section

NBC's "Who Do You Think You Are?" (watch back episodes!

National Genealogical Society -|- New England Ancestors

Movaco Genealogy Search

Obituary Central -|- Obituary Links Page -|- Ohio Obituary Archives

Ohio River Valley Families -|- Old Bailey -|-

Palatines to America -|- Peterson Reproductions

Pennsylvania Archives at USGWPennsylvania State Archives

Public Records Office of NorthernIreland

Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness

Roots Surname List -|- RootsTelevision -|- Rhode Island Cemetery Project

Roots Web -|- Roots Web Surname Search -|- Roots Web World Connect Search

Savage's Genealogical Dictionary of the First Settlers of New England

Scottish Screen Archives -|- ShoeString Genealogy

Society of Indiana Pioneers

Sons of the Revolution in the State of Indiana

Stephen Morse's One-Step Search Portal

Surname Helper -|- Surname Web

Those-Missing Ancestors

U.S. Army Center of Military History -|- U.S. Army Military History Institute

US Census Online -|- US GenWeb - Census Project -|- US Vital Records

Western States Historical Marriage Records Index

WolframAlpha Computational Knowledge Engine

World Connect Project

"Who Do You Think You Are?" on NBC

WikiTreeWorld Vital Records



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If you have any information you would like to contribute, please contact us.
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If you have anything to share please contact Dr.G.


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