Genealogy Studies — the Reason and Satisfaction

Genealogy studies have taken me places, cemeteries, libraries, and genealogical websites. As I have compiled my ancestry, I see the importance place studies to create a picture of the ancestor’s life. While most of my research involves my family names, I have built family lines for clients and researched specific areas as well. There seems to be a common thread amongst the population with the same surname, with the same spelling or variants they say, “My family comes from [state name]. We couldn’t be related since you are from [state name].” Sometimes the spelling of the surname becomes troublesome for them, and they say, “My family name is spelled [family name spelling], and your family name is [family name spelling]. We couldn’t possibly be related.”

Early on, I became interested in variations of spelling, and other locations where my ancestors lived. For example, I found a cousin who lives in Canada and one in California who is since deceased. Sometimes the ancestors come to America with one name, but as time passes and they migrate to different locales, the name develops variants. Another example of studying surnames, is I have a Silas Sweeney in my family history; however, I found information about him in the Poyner’s Bible.

This website,, will include my four core family names, plus many others in the secondary lines, etc., and from clients who permit me to use their information. As a side interest, old photographs some of which will have the person’s name on the reverse side. Those also will be included on the website with related research which is a work in progress and alerts with new information added to my blog.

Click on this link to view the current surnames.