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Southern States Problem Solving


Southern States Problem Solving

This group is for discussing all aspects of Southern research, including "burned" counties. If you list a problem for the group, please provide specific details, and what you have already researched.

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Latest Activity: Feb 3, 2019

Southern States Problem Solving

Hi Everyone,

The description box only allows a limited space to describe the group, so I will expand on that here. My vision when I formed this group was for it to be a place for members to discuss Southern research and help others actually solve their Southern research problems. There are lots of places on both Genealogy Wise and elsewhere where people can post "looking for the XYZ family in ....." I would hope this goes beyond that. We all know some of the problems encountered with southern research, and that it may take thinking outside the box to find a solution. Often a case must be made from a variety of records to "prove" a relationship. I would expect research in "burned" counties and African-American research to become popular topics.

What I hope this will become is a place where members can both break down their brick walls, and learn techniques and methodologies from other members that they can apply to their own research. In looking at the member profiles, I see a span from beginner to professional, but think we all have something we can contribute. At present, I would think there might be two main types of posts:

1. A post of a specific problem, including names, dates, and locations, and most important, what you have already tried (specific records or research methods) that have not solved your problem. The more specific the information is that is provided of the problem, the more specific the member's suggestions may be of other records to search or methodologies to try.

2. A post of how you broke down a Southern brick wall using research "outside the norm." Other members may be able to take ideas from your example that they can use the same records or similar methods for their problems.

This is your group. If you have suggestions on ways to make it better for everyone, please suggest them.

Rick Saunders

Discussion Forum

My Brick Wall in King and Queen County, Virginia

Started by Richard Hill. Last reply by Mark Williams Feb 14, 2018. 10 Replies

Wayne County, Ms

Started by Cheryl W. Terry. Last reply by Emiko Lanier Aug 20, 2009. 1 Reply

Eli Shep Day/Barbara Ellen Boyer Missouri marriage 1880?

Started by Kate Steere. Last reply by Kate Steere Aug 18, 2009. 5 Replies

Comment Wall


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Comment by Fredric Z. "Rick" Saunders on July 18, 2009 at 2:10pm
Hi Carol (and other members),

As a note, I would prefer that the comment wall be for questions and comments about the group in general. If you have a specific question (as yours) regarding a certain location or type of records, please start a new thread on the "discussion forum" above. Hopefully this will accomplish two things.

1. It will keep the comment wall from becoming too confusing about who is replying to what message (as I have seen in some groups).

2. It will keep all comments about a topic together so a person doesn't have to hunt through multiple messages to find ones that apply to that topic.

If you would like to repost your question under the "Discussion Forum" for anyone who may answer, I will delete this one.

Rick Saunders
Comment by Carol Carwile Head on July 18, 2009 at 1:57pm
Randolph county, AL courthouse burned in 1897. I need docs for an 1859 marriage. Anyone have any ideas of other sources for that particular county?
Comment by Marcia Loudon on July 15, 2009 at 5:07pm
I only have one branch in VA but I live in NC go to archives in Raleigh often and
work at Stagville Plantation. Stagville was the largest plantation in NC, over 30,000 acres and 900 enslaved. We are working on the original Cameron/ Bennehan records to document the slaves. Glad to help where I can.

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