Jim Anderson, Rhonda Tincher and Lila Stienstra, vice president of the Clay County Genealogical Society, look through the newest addition to the society's family history files, The Rubeck Family History.
A book donated to the Clay County Genealogical Society, Inc. tells the story of one local family's link to royalty.
Jim Anderson, of Reelsville, donated one of two books he acquired from new-found family members Rhonda Rubeck-Tincher and Deanna Rubeck-Collins about the Rubeck family history.
"They just kind of found me while looking up our family's ancestry and called me to see what I knew," he said. "I had several boxes of stuff that I'd had for years. They said it was really helpful, but I don't know much about it all. I guess I'm famous now."
The cousins became curious about their family history when they discovered that a long-lost relative was German Crown Prince Johann Rubeck, who was exiled to America.
"Johann was exiled after he married a commoner and his family did not approve," Tincher said. "He came to America in 1841."
It took the two cousins a year to complete the book.
Anderson said he's glad the 795 page book will be on file to help local people interested in looking up their family history.
Lila Stienstra, vice president of the Clay County Genealogical Society, Center Point, said the group welcomes donations to the facility.
"Every time someone has something to donate of any size we're here to accept it," Stienstra said. "All of the materials available here are donated. We are completely volunteer based here."
The Internet has caused a decline in people visiting the genealogical society facility located at 309 Main St., Center Point, but Stienstra urges researchers to use caution.
"Always double check your information, not everything on the Net is accurate," she said.
Researchers can access information in family-provided files, a current newspaper obituary index, cemetery records, census books, microfiche records, World War I draft registration cards, the Andersonville Diary (on microfiche) and records provided by local funeral homes over the years among other various collections.
The Clay County Genealogical Society, Inc. and Library is open Monday, Wednesday and Saturday from 1 - 4 p.m. Membership information and appointments can be made in advance to view the collection by contacting Joyce Oehler at 448-1838 or Alice Ann Courtney at 442-1502.