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This 'Genealogy & Family History' CD is dedicated to the memory of James Rufus McVicker (1876-1963) formerly of Iowa City, Iowa.


In the context of this CD, Genealogy is simply the tracing out of one's 'pedigree' (i.e. the unbroken line backward from parent to parent) and is mainly statistical. Family History however, suggests knowing all you can about those people who make up your genealogy. (i.e. what they did, where they lived, etc. and is more Biographical in nature.)

The research behind the genealogy and family history presented here was conducted in the 1930 through 1950's time frame by James Rufus McVicker (JRM). This CD contains copies of all of his (available) original notes and letters.

The information contained on this CD is intended for the exclusive use of Family members only. The copying and/or distribution of the information is discouraged. (Please respect personal privacy).

I have made every effort to remove or hide personal information on any 'living' persons. If you find any information that you consider objectionable, please let me know.

If you would like information on any (living) cousins, aunts, uncles, etc. let me know and I will either obtain permission to release it, or put you in direct contact with that family member.

My hope is that you will enjoy reading some of the original source material (especially the letters) and be able to experience (as I have) the enthusiasm that JRM felt during his research.

If you experience problems with this CD, or find errors/discrepancies, please let me know.

If you have anything that you would like to add to this project (Old family photo's, histories, keepsakes, etc.), please let me know.


I would like to extend my deepest thanks to Koni Stone, for having the foresight to retain and preserve the genealogy research notes of her great-grandfather (James Rufus McVicker). I extend my gratitude to her for allowing me access to those notes.

Thanks also to Eve McVicker and Romona McVicker for their diligence in transcribing many of the notes into presentable (easy reading) formats.

'Simmons' / 'Sheets' Genealogy provided courtesy of Joann Frye.

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