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Primary Research


MacLeod/McLeod
MacLeod DNA Project
McLeod Reunion Tombstone Project
South Carolina Grave Index

Secondary Research
When not researching my McLeods and working on the FTDNA projects, these lines are researched.


Wilke of Germany/N.Y.
Jessup of England
Checker/Tskeris of Greece/N.Y.
Abnett of England
Hudson of South Carolina
Ives of South Carolina

Sideline Research
These lines have married into my family (primary and secondary lines of research seen above) and are included here to aid other researchers. I am not currently researching these names; however, the pages are updated as information becomes available.


Arrants of South Carolina
Barnes of South Carolina
Blyther of South Caroliina
Boykin of South Carolina
Cook Family of South Carolina
Coombs of Maine
Checker/Tskeris Greece
Davis of South Carolina
Dennis of South Carolina
Freeman of South Carolina
Holland of South Carolina
Huggins of South Carolina
Hurst of South Carolina
Jones of South Carolina
Josey/Jossey of South Carolina
Keretas of Greece
Medhurst of England
Meyers of South Carolina
Moseley of South Carolina
Rodgers of South Carolina
Ross of South Carolina
Yates/Yeates of South Carolina

 

Online Research Sites


Sumter South Carolina Genealogy
Kershaw South Carolina Genealogy
County Kent England Genealogy

 

 

 

Walking with Ghosts..........

a website for the descendants of Angus and Nancy McCutchen MacLeod~~

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Some background information~~

It began with a high school project assigned to my daughter - just as it did with many others with whom I have corresponded - I sometimes wonder if those teachers who assign the family history projects know the results that reach far beyond the grade our children earned. As my daughter and I laid out the project, I realized just how little I really knew about my family and its history. I began to call my parents to get more details and soon became curious about the lives of my grandparents. While discussing this curiosity with my best friend Cindy, I was asked a simple question "have you typed in McLeod on the Internet to see what is there?" And thus the obsession was born.

My father, who had been a researcher in the past, was excited to learn that I had finally gotten the bug and soon traveled to Florida from South Carolina with boxes of his own research. I spent several weeks going through reams of paper, and putting all the information on a legal pad in chronological order according to each surname. I carried my basket full of papers and pencils and folders to soccer practices and games, to marching band and football games until it all began to make sense to me. Then, I built a simple five page website.

The original intent of the website was to enable my nieces and nephews to access the information for their own high school projects - but soon, I was getting emails from distant cousins with additional information, other family members were giving me their own boxes of research and the website began to grow. In the eight years since, the website has grown to over one hundred pages; I have discussed genealogy with hundreds of other researchers, spent hours in courthouses and hours in cemeteries lost deep in wooded areas that used to house members of my family; and become quite good at reading the results of DNA testing........ to borrow a phrase of my brother's "and now its come to this"!



UPDATE June 2011 - Due to my heavy involvement with the YDNA Projects, I no longer am "actively" researching in the South Carolina Courthouses nor actively doing on line research into any of the surnames included on this site. I have every intention of picking up my research during visits to North Carolina and will continue to place records and information here when found, but I have not been able to actually carry out this intent to date.

The website is in the process of being updated for the first time since 2009; most of the new information has come from the emails of other researchers. That information will in most cases NOT have been verified by my personally viewing the records used. If you take this information for your own files, please remember that it has not been verified and proven unless otherwise specified.

Since I am not actively researching at the moment, there may have been newly discovered information on any of the surnames included on this site...i.e. new information may now be available on FreeBMD for birth and death information that contradicts what is found on this web site. When you see this, please drop me an email and I'll update the information.

The original intent of this web site is the same as it has always been; to provide a FREE tool for researchers to help each other by the sharing of information - please support this intent by helping to keep it as accurate as possible. Corrections are always welcome - rude emails are not...(those of you who have sent them know who you are....).

Happy Researching and "Hold Fast"!



Annual McLeod Family Reunion

What began as a reunion for the descendants of William Norman McLeod and Sarah Newman expanded into a reunion for the descendants of Jesse Lazarus McLeod.....in 2003, I became the genealogist for the Reunion Committee taking over from the retiring genealogist, Col. Purdy Belvin McLeod JR., and with the help of the original version of this website at geocities and the energy of my cousins, the small event is now all inclusive for the descendants of Angus and Nancy McCutchen MacLeod.

We meet the last Saturday in June of each year. For more information - please see our Reunion Page



The Redesign 2009

The website has been online since January of 2000 - first at geocities and in 2003 both there and at Rootswebs Freepages - and has grown rapidly over the years. Beginning in late 2007 I realized that navigation was becoming more and more difficult - even I was getting lost in the site. And the files on my computer were a mess....to find images, I had to resort to the search function and I knew that something had to be done.

In November of 2008, I finally got down to business and came up with a new, hopefully, more clear navigation plan for the site and took advantage of more of the functions of Dreamweaver then I had previously. The biggest change to the site is that visitors will now find links to the Surnames on each page and navigation help for the largest two portions of the site and the easiest to get "lost" in - the DNA pages and the McLeod pages . Hopefully, if one gets lost while following links, it will be easier to get back to where you started and cause less frustration.

Repeat visitors to the site will now find that some pages are missing - not lost though because I've combined information on each family to as few pages as possible. Individual pages for any person for whom I had more information then just names and dates have been done away with for the most part - in most cases you will now find that information on the family page. Also in most cases, children will be found on the page which carries their surname....i.e. Nancy McLeod Hurst's children will be found only on the Hurst Family Page instead of on an individual page or on her parents page. The exceptions to this are where there is no information on the spouse's family (children will be found on the grandparents page) or where there is a great deal of information on the daughter and her family even if not for the spouse.

The Grave Index now has links to photo albums containing all the photographs taken at that site....please continue to contribute your photos......

I have done my best to use the same page names so that visitors bookmarks/favorites will still bring them to a particular page - but in most cases this wasn't possible....so remember to re-bookmark as you surf the site.

In addition, some information may have been left off of pages by mistake or I may have confused photos - please email me if you notice any thing of this type.....this has been a long job and I would be very surprised to find that I have not made some mistakes in the doing of it....

Comments, suggestions and corrections are always welcome~~~Email Me



Why "Walking with ghosts~" for a title?

Any genealogist will tell you a ghost story or too if you allow them the time and opportunity to do so.....and I am certainly no exception to that rule. My husband and I have spent quite a few hours exploring the woods of Sumter and Kershaw Counties in South Carolina to find graveyards or spent time wandering around a church cemetery searching for just one more elusive relative's grave. And we have many times felt what feels like guidance from the ghosts of our family........I felt the title was appropriate!

Happy Researching

Lori McLeod Wilke



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