I have some research on surnames in upper case, the rest are unconfirmed names from various sources
Albaugh Angel - Engel Austin Birch - Burch Bräetscher Brecht
Breininger Burkholder Carter Carver-Garber Cary-Carey Cheldon
Cramer Dornin Ehinger Eikenberry Essig Follis
Foreman Flockerth Fuhrman Groff Hamilton Heckman
Hinsey Hirt Houser Kelker-KÖlliker Kingery Kinsey
Landis Longenfeldt Matte Mountz Meyer Naas
Parke Post Prough-Brach Ream Requel Royer
Schneer Schollenberger Schneider-Snyder Springer Shook Swank
Thaxter Thurston Timmons VanDiver Vaughan Webb
Weidman Winder Wooley Zeigler Zimmerman Zumbrun

Navigation menus at the top of every page and Site Search are being repaired. They should work on this Home page. Follis family and a few other pages are updated as I slowly find time to fix them. Once all menus are working then links and data on each page will be slowly updated. At some future date this site will be more mobile friendly. For now it works best on laptops and desktop computers.

I am a 9th generation Follis descendant living in Fort Wayne, Allen County, Indiana, my Follis ancestors have been in the United States of America since before 1731 first found in New Jersey. My earliest ancestors arrived in 1630s New England and my last family the Schneider's in 1880. Living among Quakers and Scots-Irish our Follis' assumed heritage, it is partially supported by my 2009 yDNA tests matching a Follis currently living in Dublin, Ireland whose family tradition is also Scots-Irish. Descendant's of George Fallis of Stafford County, Virginia, a son of my 1731 Thomas Follis and brother to my Jacob Fallis, were Quaker's in Colonial Virginia and remained Quaker's well into the 1960s living in Washington state.

This is my online reference to sources as I find them. Most of this Rootsweb site was uploaded in the late 1990s and early 2000s, so a lot of links to other pages with useful information are broken. Fortunately many web pages are archived on the Wayback Machine so using the add-on browser extensions for Chrome or FireFox will automatically re-direct those web browsers to the archived web pages. Email me when you find problem links.

I became curious about my Follis family history in 1993 a few years after my father died. The Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne, Indiana, is the largest public Genealogy Center in the United States. I have page on their massive collection which covers half the second floor of the 2007 remodeled library. I have photocopies of lots of stuff back to the early 1990s that I am trying to digitize. I have visited most courthouses, libraries and hundreds of cemeteries in the counties where my ancestors and their siblings lived here in Indiana and Ohio. I am always looking for additions and corrections to my information, although only a small portion appears on this web site.

We were supposed to have a Follis 2020 Reunion that was canceled due to COVID-19. Follow my Facebook page to learn more. See my Follis Reunion page for newspaper articles online about previous reunions..

Ancestry has a page Most Popular Surnames by State that says Smith, Miller, and Johnson are most common in Indiana and Ohio. There are a couple of Miller families married into my Indiana and Ohio families.

Pocono Manor Ice Harvest in 1919 how the old timers made ice!

Pocono Manor Ice Harvest in 1919 by Farm Collector Magazine published on Oct 26, 2010 on YouTube. This is an amateur film from 1919, showcasing the labor intensive process of ice harvesting.

Below are video interviews of several people mostly 80-100 years old in 1929 or 1930. They were born in the early to mid-1800s!

1929 - Interviews With Elderly People Throughout The US by guy jones published on January 15, 2018 on YouTube.
Compilation of sound interviews with some of the oldest people living in the United States in 1929. Footage is from the early Movietone sound cameras. Condensed/worked on footage. Same video with fixed sound sync

1928-1930: More Interviews With Elderly People Throughout The US by guy jones published on February 7, 2018 on YouTube
Another collection of early sound interviews with some of the oldest people living in the United States from 1928-1930. These films are from the Movietone cameras. Condensed the footage and worked on sound a bit

If you find research that adds to, or contradicts mine, please leave a Comment on my Follis Families in the United States Facebook page, or send me an Email.

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