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Quincy man finds 87-year-old family tree in home

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The family tree has an original, along with four copies.
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It says it was compiled by Ida Whitney Kay back in 1934.

QUINCY, Ill (WGEM) -- You have an opportunity to help reunite a family with a piece of history.

Jeremiah Green said he was cleaning his basement recently when he came across a family tree stuffed in the rafters of the ceiling along with several rolls of wrapping paper.

He said he always assumed the tube was holding wrapping paper until he did the cleaning.

"No, so there's always been the rolls of wrapping paper up there, which I've actually used several of. And then finally pulled this tube out, I thought it was just more wrapping paper and it was the family tree," he said.

The writing on the family tree said the information was collected and arranged by Ida Whitney Kay back in 1934. The main stem of the tree focuses on Andrew Park who was born in 1798 and died in 1858.

The tree said Park was buried in a cemetery in Henry County, Illinois.

Green said he just wants to reunite the tree with descendants. A Facebook post about the tree had more than 300 shares as of Thursday afternoon.

If you think you might know who the tree belongs to, or you could help out, you can contact Green at (217) 779-0858.

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