Rootsweb Review as a Resource

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The selections below come from the August 11, 2010 newsletter and were submitted to Rootsweb Review by readers/subscribers.

Challenging Spelling
I want to pass on a story about the search for my great grandfather, John McDowall. By the time I started searching for my mother’s parents, my grandparents had passed away. Mom knew very little about them. The one thing mother said was that her father INSISTED that his name be spelled with an “a”, though his sister, Mary, spelled it McDowell. My aunt Margie had told me that John McDowall had come from Scotland when he was l6, and changed his name because “people wouldn’t pronounce it properly”. With that, I gave up!!! Where to start???

In 2007, I received an email from someone named Bruce McDowall, spelled with an “a”!, from Melbourne, Australia! It had taken him two years of research to find me, going thru my cousin Mildred in Kansas, who gave him a regular address (not email). He went to my home town high school and found my email … and here we are. He identified not only my great grandfather but his parents AND their parents, with the spelling of William McDouall in l756. I will now continue the search for the other branches of this family.

Thanks to Diane Etherson

A Census Tickle
I had photos in my baby book of my mother’s family, but I didn’t have any names. I started my search looking for my grandparents’ name and information. When I started searching the census records, I couldn’t find my maternal grandfather anywhere. I finally started looking at the census page he should have been on line by line. It was then that I found they had transcribed his first name Ritchie as Bitchie.

Thanks to Christy Hutchinson in Texas

Census Note
This was written in the margin of the 1803 Census for Oglethorpe County Georgia, Capt Parmenas English District.

“Fishing Creek Academites part morallised the rest get drunk run in debt can’t pay go to jail breakout and run away.”

Thanks to Terry Robertson

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the following notice appears at the end of the article: Previously published in RootsWeb Review: 11 August 2010, Vol. 13, No. 8


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