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Welcome to the
 updated Genealogy Site of
Richard Brown and Cris Phelps

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On this page, top to bottom:

  • Introduction
  • Links to: our personal ancestries;
  • descendancy lines of several ancestors;
  • family members with military service (knight);
  • photo galleries (cameras);
  • a tongue-in-cheek look at royals in the brown tree (crown; updated 11/8/17)
  • "brick wall" issues (question mark);
  • a list of interesting sites (gem buttons);
  • credits (painter); and
  • personal comments (not yet linked).

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If you find any errors, no matter how trifling, please email Richard at 

The basis of this site is the ancestry of Richard Brown and Cris (née Iris) Phelps, originally from Indiana and Michigan, respectively. Our ancestors were mostly ordinary people with no claim to fame, which presents challenges to finding them in the web of history. Like you and all others who have caught the genealogy  madness, we persevere, and hope this site will be useful and enjoyable to visit.

a disclaimer: this is a work in progress. as these files have grown and new trees have been added it has become impossible to keep up with every change. if you find misspellings, broken links, duplicate individuals, or just plain dumb mistakes, please let us know. happy hunting.

Our personal Ancestral files:

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Brown-related family pages:

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Ancestries of richard's uncles and aunts by marriage:

Phelps-related family pages:

Descendants of the father of John and Henry Clements of MI Decsendants of Adam Dingman of Antwerp, Flanders Descendants of Johannes Dippel of Hessen, Prussia Descendants of Henry Hamper of Sussex, England Descendants of Jacob Huffman of Ontario, Canada descendants of reuben ruel phelps of NY and MI descendants of christianus schenck van nydeck descendants of cornelis gerritsen van duyne

From medieval to modern times members of our families have served king and country.

Click on the knight to visit the Warriors page.

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Genealogy is about individuals with faces. Click a camera to view an album.

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Dive deeply enough into any family history and you will invariably find royalty. Not modern, though. We're talking so far back that some of the countries involved don't exist any more. Still, it's fun to ask "what if?" isn't it? So I offer a gallery of nobility from my Brown family tree. Some are in my ancestral line, most are not.

Click on the crown to see a selection of my VIP kin. Others will be rotated through periodically.

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UNSOLVED MYSTERIES: Every family has its ancestors who don't want to be found. See if you can help us solve some mysteries:   UPDATE PENDING

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Other neat places to visit:

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Cornell University books on line, including complete Civil War records

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GENDIS (Genealogical Death Indexing System), State of Michigan

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Indiana State Library

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The American Local History Network

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Brooklyn Historical Society

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A list of genealogically useful Illinois databases

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Immigrant Ship Transcribers Guild

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The Ontario (Canada) GenWeb Census Project

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Ellis Island passenger lists

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This site would be dull without artwork to enliven it, and would not exist at all but for the software that created it. Click on the painter to visit the Credits page AND find links to some excellent free resources, especially if you're thinking of developing a website of your own.

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This site belongs to Richard Brown