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Subject: Re: [Scotch-Irish] Baptists
Date: Fri, 8 Mar 2002 07:15:36 -0800
>Your comment is exactly where I am at. Files and files of data collected and
>still can't pinpoint location in Ireland .
That preliminary work needed to be done. Once we both pinpoint the
family we'll be onta something. In your case, unlike mine (ANDERSON
is too common, lets face it), Huston isn't wildly common. I kinda
keep my eye open for them because some were Covenantors. I've seen
them in north/central Antrim (can't recall exactly, somewhere in
the huge numbers of Word files and/or untranscribed notes that I have)
and in the USA in varous RP strongholds like Newburgh, NY and
outside of Pittsburgh and in Carolina (somewhere....). I am convinced
most of the RP ones are probably related. The RPs were a close knit
crowd. Mine were too, well, before 1834 when they exited Egypt (joke)
with 2/3rds of the membership.
You can become an expert on Baptists in Ulster and their diaspora.
We need one.
<It seems that
>once I determine the townland, all I have to do is hit those old research
>files and the pieces of the puzzle will fall into place.
My dream as well! Actually I've learned a lot in reading huge amounts
about the area they came from and of the people around them that
has actually helped due US research.
>Talk about a needle
>in a haystack!
That's what we're looking for too! Someday I'll be flagging down
cars in Antrim (wearing a balaclava of course) and if the occupants
are named Anderson, I'll be taking blood samples. I'll find these
guys, one way or another <grin>.
>I can't imagine how I ever kept my research notes sorted without a computer.
>Came across box of my old research notes dated 1980. Been at it for over 20
>years now, boy how time flies when you are having fun..
Yes, at least it keeps us out of trouble (most of the time). I
try to look for my ASSumptions. I don't want to be like my great Uncle
Ralph. Searched all his life for origins of Frances Anderson,
who lived in Butler Co. My mother found it: Westmoreland Co. Like,
Butler Co was settled from the south, but he didn't spend enough time
studying the history of the area so he never looked in the adjacent
county, apparently. If only he'd joined the local genealogy society
and gone to a few lectures.....Gawd bless him, he didn't. Why should
he? He knew it all. He'd searched for 30 years, right? After 30
years you do think you know it all. Alas, even when you do, you
got blank spots in the family tree.
Reminds me of a newbie on another list a few years ago who posted:
"HELP! HELP! I'm up against a brick wall! I've been stuck on this
ancestor now for a couple weeks and I can't make progress." Yeh?
well, help help, we've been stuck on some of ours for multiple genera-
tions of researchers.