An American Journey
The Genealogy of the Curbow-Montoya Family
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Welcome to our family history website which is dedicated to our combined families, ancestors and descendants. Here you will be able to view stories, photographs and documents regarding our family which will hopefully bring the past alive to you. Genealogy is a labor of love and always a work in progress. I believe it will be a life long project.

I became interested in genealogy many years ago when my son (then still in elementary school) was required to prepare a family tree in connection with a school project. I was disappointed to realize how little I actually knew about the people and locations that formed our combined heritage. Thus began this journey of discovery.

The information contained on this website which pertains to our direct line ancestors has been researched, sourced and verified by me. Information pertaining to collateral lines may or may not have been verified. I strongly urge you to do your own due diligence.

This website contains my genealogy database and is fully searchable for your ease of use. The database presently contains information on 13,046 individuals, 4,800 separate families and 2,647 unique surnames. The data has been supplemented with 8,103 notes and 4,906 pieces of media, including photos, documents, histories, military records, obituaries and much more. I incorporate new data almost daily - so stop by often!

I hope you enjoy your time on this website!

To search the genealogy database, enter a name below. Tip: If you are researching a female ancestor, enter her maiden name.

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The surnames that I am most actively researching include: Curbow; Ham; Atwood; Grantham (families who migrated to Texas from various southern states); Montoya (New Mexico and Utah); Spencer, Gardner and Elmer (Mormon Pioneers who settled in Utah); Geier and Lipsdorf (my German family).

Here's how you can help: If we have a family connection, I would love to add your family to the database along with any family stories, documents, photographs or any other bits and pieces of information that can help fill in gaps and break down brick walls.

I look forward to hearing from you!

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Click on the "Most Wanted" link below to see what currently has me stumped in my research. Perhaps you can help me with a "brick wall" ancestor or help identify a mystery photograph.

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For your reference, I have listed a few of my favorite genealogy websites which I have found useful in my research.