Haeremai, welcome, talofa, Willkommen, bienvenue, welkom
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Kia ora, Kevin - another Kiwi with time on his hands!
You don't seem to have created articles for yourself or your parents yet. When you do, you'll be able to work your way through our clever software that displays child lists, ancestry trees, etc, and to get them in appropriate categories also semi-automatically. Kevin J Sands (living) is a possible page name that keeps your birth year private.
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