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Letter from George W. West to Paschal West, 1887

I'm thrilled to finally be able to transcribe and publish another one of the letters from the late 1800's my cousin Ron West sent to me. These letters are from my West ancestors and are true treasures! The other two I've already transcribed can be found here: A Letter from Jennet Cowen West, 1888 A … Continue reading Letter from George W. West to Paschal West, 1887

Lightner West and the Horrors of War

Yesterday I inadvertently had a War Movie Day. I happened to be at my mom’s while she watched Monuments Men, and then I went with my dad to see the new Brad Pitt WWII tank movie, Fury. Strangely enough, I had just hours earlier been perusing the Compiled Civil War Service Records for my 3rd … Continue reading Lightner West and the Horrors of War

Letter from Edith West Harris to Paschal P. West, July 1882

How are you guys today? I am pleased to write that I am tolerably well and I hope you are well, too. (Sorry, I can't help it. After getting buried in all of these old West family letters I want to talk like the writers do!)  This letter is from my 3rd Great Aunt Edith … Continue reading Letter from Edith West Harris to Paschal P. West, July 1882

Amanuensis Monday: Letter from Jennet Cowen West to Paschal P. West and Rebecca Westray West

I'm so very excited to be posting the first in a series of four transcribed letters from the family of my 4th great-grandfather, George W. West (b. abt. 1819 in Spartanburg, SC - d. 1895 in Forsyth County, Georgia.) I received these letters from Ron West, a distant cousin I recently reconnected with. He's of … Continue reading Amanuensis Monday: Letter from Jennet Cowen West to Paschal P. West and Rebecca Westray West

Who was Elizabeth Harmond? (Union County, SC b. abt. 1830)

My ancestor George W. West and his wife Jennet Cowen often had people outside their nuclear family living with them in census years. I've already written about Isaac Suthard, the 14-year-old black farmhand. And there was also their grandson, Lightner West (who left his biological mom and step-father to live with his grandfather) and their … Continue reading Who was Elizabeth Harmond? (Union County, SC b. abt. 1830)

West Family Genealogy Update (June 2013)

Last week was an amazing week genealogically! I received DNA results for my father and maternal grandfather (Edward West). The Wests are Vikings! (Okay, that's a simplification, but we are haplotype I-M253 with origins in Scandinavia, and I've been reading about Vikings lately so I'm claiming it.) I also got in touch with a member of our "long … Continue reading West Family Genealogy Update (June 2013)

How to Research Forsyth County, Georgia Probate and Land Records

And I mean, literally, how to go there and research the Forsyth County, Georgia Probate and Land Records. I've been to each office one time so I'm by no means an expert on these records but I thought I would try and help any researcher who comes behind me. So here's my little, not guaranteed … Continue reading How to Research Forsyth County, Georgia Probate and Land Records