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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

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

I’ve Located Letters from my 4th Great-Grandparents!

Thanks to my long lost Arkansas cousin, Ron West, whom I located through FamilyTreenDNA.com, I have just read 5 letters written from relatives in the family of my 4th great-grandfather, George W. West (abt. 1819-1895). One letter was even penned by my 4th great-grandmother, Jennet Cowen West, herself. If I can stop bawling my eyes … Continue reading I’ve Located Letters from my 4th Great-Grandparents!

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)

Some Forsyth County, Georgia West Land Records Transcribed

I spent all this time transcribing these land records having to do with my 4th Great-Grandfather, George W. West, so I thought I would share them with you. The Book and Page where they can be found is at the top of each record. This is my first experience with land records so I have … Continue reading Some Forsyth County, Georgia West Land Records Transcribed

Thrifty Thursday: Try TurboScan instead of Copying

I've been slack on blogging because I've been doing lots of actual work - genealogical and otherwise. Yesterday, I finally made the hour drive to to poke around in Forsyth County's land records. Though I haven't yet found where my ancestor George W. West actually bought his land, I did find where he was selling it off … Continue reading Thrifty Thursday: Try TurboScan instead of Copying