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The Harlan Family In America

The Harlan Family in America is a non-profit association formed in 1987 to perpetuate and promote the Harlan family heritage and genealogy. Most Harlans/ Harlands/ Harlins alive today are direct descendants of George or Michael Harland who emigrated from England and Ireland or from Thomas Harland who remained in Ireland. The family genealogy is documented in "The History and Genealogy of the Harlan Family" by Alpheus Harlan originally published in 1914.

These original Harlans were Quakers and came to the new world seeking religious freedom. They arrived at William Penn's Colony at New Castle, Delaware in 1687. Since that time their descendants have multiplied, diversified and spread across the United States. For more than 310 years, they have managed to stay together as a family by maintaining a family organization, publishing a newsletter, The Harlan Record, and holding national family reunions. Further information on these subjects is available on this site.

Other Harlans have immigrated to the United States in later years from England, Ireland, and Germany. We welcome the addition of their descendants to our extended family.

We assume no responsibility for the authenticity or accuracy of any material referred to in this web site or any other material that might be made available by the association. The following sites are made available to those interested in learning more about our family; those interested in doing research in genealogy; and those in our family interested in contacting others through e-mail.

Contributions to the association are not tax-deductible.

Harlan Family Web Site Staff Members

This site was established by The Harlan Family in America in October, 1997. Our staff members are:

Fred Harlan, Site Coordinator
Kurt Harlan, Website Technical Advisor
Ken Harlan, Webmaster
Cynthia Rhoades, Genealogy Director

The staff continually strives to improve and expand its contents and invites you to voice your comments and opinions. Please address your views to Fred Harlan.

Seeking Newsletter Input

Many members of the Harlan Family have been  (and could be) featured in human interest stories. Please send accounts of Harlans involved in good deeds, adventures, service, etc. to: Ken Harlan

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What a significant occasion for the Harlan Family in America!


 Iowa Wesleyan College

and the community of

Mount Pleasant, Iowa

request the honor of your presence at a ceremony

unveiling the statue of


James Harlan


on Thursday,

the twenty-eighth of August

two-thousand fourteen

at two oclock in the afternoon

 Iowa Wesleyan College

601 North Main Street

Mount Pleasant, Iowa

James Harlan

Following the ceremony, join together for a lawn reception to greet state and national leaders,  tour the Harlan-Lincoln House, and a 5:00 p.m. gathering in the home of IWC President Steve and Sara Titus.

The bronze-cast statue has been in National Statuary Hall since 1910. The Harlan statue was replaced by a statue of Norman Borlaug, who received the Nobel Prize in 1970 for boosting agricultural production and founded the World Food Prize. Join us as the statue comes home to Mount Pleasant.

 Please reply by the twenty-second of August to holly.frary@iwc or by calling