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Thank you Al ... Very nice to meet you.   I am familiar with Lubbock and Texas Tech both.   If you need Texas research, I will be happy to help as I am able.

Will check out your tribal page shortly.



Good Afternoon All,

My name is Joe and I have been doing family history research since 1978. The surnames in my paternal research are:

Wolf, Berger, Pyffer. The Wolf and Berger names are from Wurttemberg, Germany, New York City and Philadelphia, Pa.

On my maternal side there is:

McGuire, Magee, Wishart and Myers. These names are from New Jersey and Philadelphia.

Dear Joe,

Welcome!  We may be cousins, as my EASTERDAY line, and allied lines, comes from that part of Germany.



Particularly seeking information on John T Bateman, b. 1774 Edgecombe County, NC; d. Nov 1803
m. Kezia Farmer, 1772 b. abt  (Isaac Farmer b. abt 1747; d. abt 1805 x Christian (Barnes) Farmer b. abt 1753; d. abt 1849

THOMAS: Same migratory path with early origins in VA


PERREAULT: Quebec > Gentilly area MN (Polk and Red Lake Counties)
Laframboise: Same

I'm relatively new to researching family history in human. My granddaughter expressed an interest this past November, and since I had been researching pedigrees in dogs for almost 25 years, she figured I was her most likely go to person. I agreed to help her get started, caught the bug, and here I am, back to the late 1770s on my dad's side so far, and into the late 1600s-early 1700 on my mom's.

I've always had an interest in early American history, and finding the stories of early family members is a real treat. One of my best finds so far is a shirttail cousin I did not know I have, who is also very into genealogy. She actually grew up in the area where my mother's family lived so has many, many stories of people I only knew the names of or had met once or twice as a child.

Thanks for letting me join your community.

Welcome aboard, Sue. So nice to have you join us. And can somebody, please, clarify what a 'shirttail' relative is?

t's usually said to refer to somebody who is a relative by marriage or is only distantly related, such as a fourth cousin, or is a family friend with honorary status as a relative. It's fairly common in the USA and has been since the 1950s or thereabouts.

LOL, thank you. Hey, wait, I've been around since the 1950s …

I've been around since the late 40s, and hadn't heard of this term before. Thanks for the definition, Al.

Welllll (best Jimmy Stewart voice here). I've been around since late 1948 (plus I have GOOGLE) :)

I wonder if it's a geographical thang... I grew up in the PNW and it's a common term here. I've lived around the country too though and heard it in the midwest and south too.

I use it when I don't want to take the time to figure out what the exact relationship is between two individuals. In this case, my new found 'cousin's' grandfather was the youngest brother of my great grandmother.

Hi.  My name is Debbie and I am pretty new at genealogy.  I have been saying that for about 8 years now; but I am still new.  There is so much to learn.  My hardest task is adding sources to Legacy comfortable enough to do it.  I do not have any web-sites of my own; but enjoy looking at message boards and question and answer sites.  I am also trying to prove how I came into the "Cameron" line of DNA.

Welcome aboard, Debbie. I have been at this genealogical thing for quite some time, and I still feel new at it. There's so much to learn. As for sources, don't fret too much over it. Just be certain to save the source, write down what made you think it fit, and go from there. By save, I also mean download it and/or print it out! Better to have some sources than none at all. Also, take some time to analyze how significant a source it is. There is a system of rating 1-4, for instance, based on reliability. Census records, for me, rate a 3, as you don't know who gave the answers. Nor, do you know if the census taker was on a deadline to get that neighborhood enumerated. I was unaware of this, in my beginnings. However, if the adults weren't at home, it wasn't uncommon for the children to be asked the questions. Or, if the family wasn't at home, sometimes a neighbor was asked on behalf of said family. Neither scenario gives good credence to the information collected.

Who gave the information; were they there at the time? Were they in a good position to readily know the answers? Who is the person who gave the answers on a Death Certificate? Family member, or just a friend? Don't mean to scare you, but these are some of the questions we have to ask.

Good luck on your journey!



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