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Welcome to our family history site. Here you will find years of genealogy research on the McPherson and Strong families, including main branches of Hempy, Lange, Martin, Shorten, Shultes and Swoap. Several of our branches can be traced back to colonial Massachusetts and include at least 3 mayflower passengers including Elder William Brewster. Among the people are early settlers, explorers, inventors, printers, farmers, machinists, Revolutionary War veterans and other typical American immigrants. Many sources are listed as well as pictures, scanned documents and headstones.

Of course this site is a work in progress and will be updated frequently so be sure to re-visit from time to time. Many facts have good sources and many do not, if there is no source then it was copied from another researcher or could be an educated guess. Feel free to enjoy the site and don't hesitate to send me corrections through the contact page. And be sure to check out the features (coming soon) for interesting tidbits found along the way.

The Swoap family was fortunate enough to have preserved a collection of family photos since the 1870s or so. These have been passed from generation to generation and contain many gem tin-types (see William Justus Shattuck left) and one-of-a-kind photos some of which have hand written details on the back. Most have been identified but an album of tin-types from the 1870s has not - the pictures are from the Shatttuck and Pratt families and most likely originating from Plainfield, Mass. Be sure to contact me if you might help in the identification

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