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This is still experimental, but I have added a search facility to this site.
Good hunting.

New Search feature for Ancestral Curios

This will search almost ALL text on this entire web site. Not yet perfect, but getting there.
There is a separate search form on the 'Vital Statistics' page, more specific to those marriage and baptism records.
For now, it will only use one search term. ENJOY!

Search term:

Exact match Fuzzy search

Welcome all you fellow researchers, historians, and just plain curious.  Being descended from generations of pack-rats, I have loads of old land deeds, wills, receipts, diaries, personal letters, autograph albums, invitations, photos, etc., etc., etc.   These pretty much sporadically span from 1700 to the present day.  They essentially filtered down to my Great-Grandmother, Elizabeth Elmira (DeBevoise) Wyckoff, to my Grandmother, Caroline VanSinderen (Wyckoff) Bergen, to my Mother, Anna Lott (Bergen) Billard, to me, Robert Lott Billard.

Some of those names should look familiar to anyone knowledgeable about the history of Brooklyn and Queens, New York.  My ancestors include many of the early Dutch families of the area.

Every now and then I pull out a box or two of this stuff hoping to get it at least somewhat organized.  I usually just end up with a headache and shove it all back.   But I have been feeling a little guilty because I'm sure there is information here that is not available anywhere else.  Partly for that reason, I have been entering some of it on the computer.  It is by no means complete and is rather haphazard, but I am posting most of what I have on this site in hopes that other people might find it interesting and possibly useful.

There is also a batch of photographs that I am hoping someone will be able to identify for me.  This site will be constantly changing and improving, so thank you for stopping by and come back soon.

     Bob Billard

Family Viewer for Windows 95 is now available here.  If you deal with GEDCOM files at all, this program is a must see.  I have also added a sample page to show the output of an entire  family listing.  Please feel free to download the program and try it out, it is shareware.  If you like it, come on back and you can register online with your credit card.

You can send me mail at RBillard@optonline.net with any comments.


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