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Local man related to Titanic passenger

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Earl Tolbert has a connection to a third class passenger aboard the legendary Titanic.

He finds his name quickly at the imagination station's titanic artifact exhibit. He tells 13 ABC,

"his brother was my great great grandfather." 54 year old Philip Wiseman was a merchant, who was traveling to Quebec.

Tolbert tells 13 ABC,

"Some people say that he brought back books for the Quebec city library from Europe so its pretty interesting to actually see that part of your family...part of your DNA...was actually on that ship and you wonder what kind of life they actually lived. "

On April 15th 1912 the world's largest ocean liner was traveling from England to New York, when it struck an Iceberg.

It sank in less than 3- hours and killed 15 hundred people died.

Wiseman was one of them. He left behind a wife and 4 sons. Tolbert tells 13 ABC,

"His body was never found...so we don't know if he is still on the ship or if he's in the plot where they buried a lot of the unknowns...that were on the ship. "

Today Tolbert took a tour around the Imagination's Titanic Exhibit. The Monroe Michigan resident says he's visited other Titanic exhibits in other cities to learn more about his great Uncle. He tells 13 ABC,

"I can remember being a kid and running to the library and grabbing the book a little red book it was called the sinking of the Titanic and reading through the whole book just to find his name in the back...you get goose bumps just thinking about stuff like that."

He says each experience is different and his quest for knowledge is far from over.

"you know there are more relatives out there that I don't even know exists I'm still trying to find...so every year your getting a little closer and hopefully you will be able to hand down information to other family to keep the story going...to keep it alive...because its always so sad to see his name at the bottom of the list of those who didn't make it...you want to say hey that's my uncle. "

The sinking of the Titanic has generated a tidal wave of interest.

More than 20-thousand people visited the Titanic Artifact Exhibit downtown in hopes of reliving one of the most captivating tragedies of all time

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