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Thursday, September 21, 2006

A Case of Lineage Larceny

From The Daily Northwestern of Oshkosh, Wis., June 18, 1932:

FAMILY TREE STOLEN
Evanston, Ill.—(AP)—Somebody stole Mrs. M. E. Bates' family tree.

The theft occurred just when things were beginning to get real interesting in the home life of her remoter ancestors some 300 years ago.

What the thief wishes to do with Mrs. Bates' genealogical labors, no one seems to know.

"It would have been complete in one more volume," she told police. "I went to Europe twice for material and have spent 10 years and much money on the project. Now, unless the thief relents, my life work is ruined."

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