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Welcome to the Obenland Family genealogical website. I have been researching my father's family since 1977. This still-growing website is the culmination of many letters, phone calls and sleepless nights.

At first, I was just going to research my immigrant ancestor, Ernst Gottlieb Obenland. He came to the United States with his two brothers, Christian and Gottlieb. Then I thought it would be nice to find information on the two brothers as well. At some point, in a moment of sheer insanity, I decided to do all of the Obenlands, both here in the United States and Germany and all of their descendants.

As you can see, I'm still working on this project. One thing I've learned over the years is that genealogy is never-ending.

During this time, I've found a half-brother I never knew existed, my grandmother's 3 million dollar inheritance that she and her second husband squandered, a conspiracy to defraud my grandfather's estate in exchange for ownership of a house, an elopement with the stable boy, a suicide, and my 4th great grandfather, who owned a tavern in Philadelphia where it is said that part of the Declaration of Independence was written. The stories that are uncovered in genealogical research are amazing!

I still have information to add to the people already on the tree as well as new people to add. Also, this site is a little bare of pictures and documents but they will be added from my personal archive over the coming weeks and months. Please be patient.

If you have any photographs or documents you would like to have included, or information I need, please contact me. I can't complete this without your help.

I have been as diligent in checking my facts as possible but no one is perfect. If you find something amiss, please contact me with your information and any relevant documentation so that I can update the files.

If you see someone you need for your site, I have a new GEDCOM file generator that you can create a specific file and have emailed to you.

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