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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  William O`Malley  

Pen Name: William Arnold O'Malley

Genre: Non-Fiction

Audience: Adult;

Born: 1939 in Chicago, Illinois


-- William O`Malley on WorldCat -- http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=william+o%60malley


Illinois Connection

O'Malley was born in Chicago, Illinois and currently resides in Naperville, Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

William Arnold O'Malley has a 317-year-old German bible that has been in his family for 12 generations. His great-grandfather Julius Dreffein, a Chicago pioneer, brought the Bible from Germany to America in 1865. In 1985, O'Malley visited Germany to research his family history. It took 15 years to unveil the mystery and he wrote extensively about it in his book, ''History of a Family Bible, 1685-2000: A Quest for the Missing Link''.William Arnold O'Malley, a direct descendant of Julius H. Dreffein, who settled in Chicago Cook County, Illinois, in 1866, received Certificate of Pioneer Ancestry from Chicago Genealogical Society, August 1, 2002.


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Titles At Your Library

History Of A Family Bible, 1685-2000: A Quest for the Missing Link
ISBN: 0970249608

Ki Kampus Communications. 2001

This book gives the history of the Luther Bible printed in Nurnberg, Germany in 1685, and how one copy came to the author's family.

In 1985 the author visited Germany in search of the records that would connect his family to the original holder of the bible. It took the author fifteen years to unveil the mystery of the family bible.


Awards

Honored at the 2002 Illinois Authors Book Fair at Illinois State Library in Springfield Illinois.

Speaking Engagements

Speaking Engagement Availability (Yes)

Invited in 2004 as independent scholar to give presentation to Society German American Studies, New Ulm, Minnesota.