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ORVF has been a pioneer of online genealogy since 1997. Author and family historian A.D. Distler created the website after his book titled "Ohio River Valley Families" was published in December of 1995. ORVF was, and will be, a repository for many additions and corrections to the original 4300 person database.

The database is very comprehensive, remaining focused on related individuals, their ancestors and descendants, who once settled along the Ohio River Valley. A few notables in this database are George W Bush and George H W Bush, Louis Capet (King Louis VII of France), Daniel Boone, Stephen Hopkins and Francis Cooke (of the Mayflower), Zachary Taylor, Dwight Eisenhower, Ulysses S Grant, Jefferson Davis, Virginia Katherine McMath (Ginger Rogers), Myra MayBelle Shirley (Belle Starr), James Madison, Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin D Roosevelt and Richard Nixon.

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