The Flanders Family: From Europe to America, 2nd Ed.
Authored and Compiled by
Edith Flanders Dunbar (decd.) & Dr. Charles M. Flanders (decd.)
Dr. Charles M. Flanders Obituary (d. September 22, 2007 in Temple, TX)

12-Sep-2010 : All RTF files are now ZIP files (they were self-extracting Windows EXE files).

New! 11-Feb-2014 : All WPD files are now ZIP files (two were self-extracting Windows EXE files). New!

This is an updated and expanded version of the 1935 book written by Edith Flanders Dunbar. It was edited using WordPerfect 6.0 and is split into 4 volumes. Each volume is downloadable as a Zipped WPD file in native WordPerfect format or as a Zipped RTF file generated by WordPerfect.

In order to save space, these files do not include photographs, bible records, or any other images. These will be included in the book when it is published.

Owing to the untimely death of Dr. Flanders in 2007, the book will not be published.  <===

Downloading The Compressed Files

An unzipping utility is required for unzipping files whose names have a *.zip extension.

In Windows, if you download a *.zip file and it is opened in a file editor such as WordPad or MS Works, then you don't have an application associated with the *.zip extension, and you need to install WinZip. But Windows XP and later all handle ZIP files.

Mac OS X recognizes and automatically unzips a ZIP file.

Overview of the Flanders origins,
Discussion of various legends and stories regarding the Flanders surname,
Generations 1 - 5 descended from Steven Flanders up to the early 1800's
Zipped WPD file 30-Nov-2000    626,176 (2,607,109 unzipped)
Zipped RTF file 27-Nov-2000    433,409 (2,371,521 unzipped)
Generations 6 - 7 from late 1700's to mid-to-late 1800's
Zipped WPD file 23-Dec-2000  1,237,504 (5,900,196 unzipped)
Zipped RTF file 25-Nov-2000    782,901 (5,256,388 unzipped)
Generations 8 - 9 from early 1800's to early 1900's
Zipped WPD file 18-Jan-2001  1,219,072 (6,073,449 unzipped)
Zipped RTF file 05-Jan-2001    728,158 (5,480,570 unzipped)
Generations 10 - 13 from late 1800's to the end of the 1900's
Zipped WPD file 25-Dec-2000    471,508 (2,475,655 unzipped)
Zipped RTF file 23-Nov-2000    281,340 (2,108,912 unzipped)

Problems downloading files? Contact the web site maintainer, John Van Essen.

Viewing the WPD Document Files

To view the WPD files, you will need Word Perfect version 6 or later. WordPerfect is sold by Corel. Unfortunately, Corel does not have a free WordPerfect Viewer that would allow people to view WPD files (without editing them).

11-Feb-2014: You can also try an online WPD to PDF converter.

Viewing the RTF Document Files

The RTF formatting generated by WordPerfect may not look very good in other word processors (I know Word97 has problems with it - see below).

[ADDED 10-May-2001] However, Microsoft has a freeware program called WordView that can be used to view Word (*.doc) and Rich Text Format (*.rtf) files. This viewer can be used to view the RTF files. I tried "Word Viewer 97-2000 for Windows 95 and Windows NT", and it does a pretty good job of formatting. More info and different versions of WordView for different versions of Windows can be found here:

Microsoft Word97 Notes (it still won't be perfect...)

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