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Lower Bucks Genealogists
Question: What do you do if you have one family surname (Rundvall) and family legend says the name was changed from Larson? How do you find out if indeed it was changed and when?
I'm focusing on Vidunas surname, immigrated from Lithuania to USA, particularly Pennsylvania then to California and other parts. I've started a blog where I'll post my findings. Vidunas.blogspot.com
I am back to doing genealogy research after having to take a break of several years because I just didn't have time to spend on it. I'm starting with my Cox line and have come upon an interesting book online called The Cox Family in America that gives a lot of history on the several Coxes that came to America from England, Sweden, Holland, Scotland to name some. And even includes early genealogies for many of them. From what I understand Coxes from these different lines spread far and wide across America. Since certain names were so common in different lines (like Isaac, Thomas, Wm), I still haven't connected my Isaac to which one he may have descended from. What I do know is that his folks migrated from Greene Co, PA over to the area of Tyler Co., WV by 1850 when he shows up on the census there. From what I have gathered he was born about 1795 in PA and married Mary Wise, probably also from PA and probably married they were married in PA but I haven't found a marriage certificate.
What I have come to seriously question is that my Isaac was the son of Michael and Jeruthea (Brooks) Cox in Ohio Co, VA(WV). I see a number of folks have put them on their trees as being his parents, but the more I dig the more I doubt this. They did have a son named Isaac, BUT his place of death is different than my Isaac, who I know to have died in Pleasants Co, WV. Which is in keeping with him living in Tyler Co, WV in 1850 and I believe Pleasants Co was created from parts of other counties, including Tyler. Having grown up in Pleasants Co and living in the same area where my grand and great-grandparents had lived for years I know which is my Isaac in WV.
Looking for info on Cox family of Virginia. Charles, William, etc.
Phyllis, there are some Williams in my family, but none in my direct line. My grandfather Jacob Cox had a bro. Wm who I remember being around. I have seen the name Wm in some of the things I've read, but didn't really take note because it wasn't my direct family link. I can tell you that I've come across a number of Coxes that came to VA some time back - from the book I mentioned above, The Cox Family in America, and for some lists their line back to first coming to America. I have not clarified mine, because of the commonality of Isaac's name within the different branches of Coxes, AND that there were alot of Coxes who came westward through that general area. I think I recall that some Coxes settled in VA, and then spread off south to the Carolinas and farther, if you have kin down that way. My folks were in the southwestern part of PA where it met OH and VA; then became WV. I'm still searching for clues and links within the counties that surrounded that area. Good luck.
I am new here and have no idea if I'm posting this in the right place so if it isn't please let me know! In my genealogy search of my paternal family, I am tracing a line of the McFate family. While their history was in Ireland, it started in Scotland. The only "location" information I have for my Scottish ancestors is that of Castle James. I have no idea what this really is!!!! Any ideas? This would have been in the early 1600s. Also complicating the search is the multiple spellings of the name McFate. Any suggestions to help with my search? In the search efforts I have made thus far, it seems that every family ("clan") from Scotland has their own tartan pattern. Is this true? Is there a way to discover what that is for a specific family?