Military Monday: Papa Remembers WWII and the Really Awesome-Sounding Aftermath

I know, right? War is hell. And from the transcripts of the interview you are about to read, you'll see that that my grandpa Edward West's war experiences were extremely hellish. But he was also very fortunate in that, having a relatively late date of birth, he wasn't drafted at the end of the war. … Continue reading Military Monday: Papa Remembers WWII and the Really Awesome-Sounding Aftermath

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

I’m going to have to look for these graves in the woods, aren’t I?

Dang it. Last night I found another missing West grave. Rawr. First, a little back story. The graves of my infuriating brick wall ancestor George W. West (b. about 1819 in Spartanburg, SC - d. 1895 in Forsyth County, GA) and his wife Jennett Cowan West have eluded me for a long while. They both … Continue reading I’m going to have to look for these graves in the woods, aren’t I?

Census Sunday: What Became of Isaac Suthard?

The 1880 Federal Census for Forsyth County Georgia was one of the more curious of my family censuses until I figured out what to make of it. My ancestors George W. West and Jennett Cowan West are where I expected them to be, in the Hightower District of Forsyth County, Georgia. Two of their younger … Continue reading Census Sunday: What Became of Isaac Suthard?

“Paschel” P. West. What’s in a (Given) Name?

I've already blogged about my family tree brick wall, George W. West (b. abt. 1819 in Spartanburg County, SC). As I've been digging and delving into that family though, one given name keeps sticking out to me. "Paschel" or, as it's sometimes spelled, "Paschal" or "Pascal." I have two Paschels in my West line, and have found … Continue reading “Paschel” P. West. What’s in a (Given) Name?

George W. West, b. abt. 1819 in Spartanburg, SC – Who’s Your Daddy?

I have a family mystery. (Unlike every other genealogist out there, right?) I'm looking for the record that proves the parentage of George W. West. Read on for more about my West Connection or click here to get straight to the Mystery of George W. West's Parentage. Who was George W. West? GEORGE W. WEST … Continue reading George W. West, b. abt. 1819 in Spartanburg, SC – Who’s Your Daddy?