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FLA storage unit yields MA genealogical finds

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ATHOL) — A woman is on the hunt for history after her friends discovered centuries-old Massachusetts genealogy records when they bought the contents of an abandoned Florida storage unit.

Debbie Meyers of Tampa, Fla., says the records trace several families’ lineage back to the 1500s, and include people from western Massachusetts towns that were evacuated and flooded to make way for the Quabbin Reservoir.

Meyers tells the Worcester Telegram (http://bit.ly/stSghB ) the storage company won’t disclose the previous owner’s name.

But her research into the photos, records, family Bibles and other items strongly suggests it was a woman who originally lived in one of the so-called “lost towns” under the Quabbin, and who died in 2007.

Meyers hopes to find a family member to take the items, or a historical society that might be interested.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.

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