(The roots of my tree)
Welcome to my genealogy page. Here are some of the families
that I’m researching:
Most people assume that the surname James is English or Welsh. Not
is a page devoted to the
exceptions to that rule.
The Ott family that immigrated from Oberhasli, canton Bern, Switzerland
to Orangeburgh, South Carolina, gave rise to dozens of modern-day Ott families
throughout the southern states. Tracing this family can be a mess,
because everyone seems to be descended from Melchior Ott and Jacob Ott.
The trouble is, there were at least four Melchior
in Orangeburgh in the eighteenth century, and nine
. Which one are you descended from? Click here
to find out.
Did the Tynes family come from Scotland? Are we all descended from
some Scottish thane who got exiled to the colonies by Oliver Cromwell?
Or can we trace our ancestry to beautiful Bermuda? Or early Virginia?
There are lots of family stories about the origins of the Tyneses, and
most of them conflict. This page
sort them out.
Richard Davis, of Caroline County, Virginia, died in 1761 in Granville County,
North Carolina, leaving numerous descendants and an almost illegible will.
Even the court clerk at the time had great trouble figuring out what was in
the will. Here is my transcription of the Richard
, along with some comments on Richard’s family.
And now, for some software:
Would you like a quickie Windows program to navigate Gedcom files?
I’ve written one, called GedView, which you can download
for free. It’s kind of a quick-and-dirty program, and it might have
bugs; if you find any, please tell
And a couple of fun projects:
The state of Alabama conducted its own census in 1866. As far as I know, this census has never been indexed; so I’ve indexed Butler County. Check out the index and images here
. When viewed in conjunction with the 1860 U.S. census, the 1866 census provides a picture of a confederate state just before and just after the Civil War.
You are the one true heir to a massive fortune that has been held in trust
since 1799, awaiting its proper claimant! Yeah, right... Here are
the stories of a few of the more spectacular examples of “estate inheritance fraud”,
along with an article
on genealogical fraud
by Myra Vanderpool Gormley.
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