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Words about past and present can and will be distorted daily using all kinds of formats. A general rule of thumb these days is to have the reader distinguish between what is real and what is not. Picture it as a roller coaster that continues to spiral down constantly in all directions with no stopping point. Or, may-be a better example would be a guessing game, you read and then guess between truth and fiction; between opinion and fact; between right and wrong. The majority have always been overwhelmed with the thirst of printed words proclaiming a refreshing taste. Yet the old abandoned well that we all think is full of refreshing water and satisfaction seems to always be dusty and dry. So, changing the appearance of the old well may help. Change the customs and traditions, create new bright ones to take their place. Erase history as we know it and paint over that rust and give the well the best makeover possible. Broadcast to everyone, Look, here is the true well that you seek. And people gather to read the words and marvel at the beauty and the stunning prospect. But the truth didn’t change. …


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Common surnames such as Smith are adventuresome when it comes to our personal family history. A key factor that many family historians devour is the concentration on the surname itself. An example of this is Peter Schmidt (Smith) arrived to the colonies circa 1710. Where does Peter Smith live after arriving? How did Peter Smith prosper himself and possibly his family? What other individuals arrived with Peter Smith? Did these same people settle in proximity to Peter Smith? These are powerful questions that should come to mind prior to beginning your personal research. Broaden your horizons by first applying your efforts in a positive method and second concentrate your search into the facts of the area’s history. This will allow you to dig deeper into the details of the actual individual. To accomplish this, look for the available records that provide a portrait of daily life in the specific area. These records mainly consist of ground documents stored on a local level and require communication with local historians. This remarkable journey begins regardless of the distance between you and the area. …


“Our Ancestors Left An Amazing Trail To Follow…Enjoy Your Journey Today” Piedmont Trails


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Grave Markers Under an Oak Tree located in Accomack County, Virginia-Pictured in the background is the Ralph T. Whitelaw house. The right wing was built circa 1673 (Courtesy of The Library of Congress)

When one expands a family tree to the 17th century, a new world emerges. A distinctive society develops upon the pages of long ago equipped with unfamiliar customs, culture and standard daily living. Strange writing phrases and patterns are quickly noticeable by examining the time period materials and documents. Researching the 17th century is different from future centuries but very entertaining and intriguing. This fascinating time period quickly becomes a new learning curve for the majority involved with genealogy research. You can accomplish the task by broadening your horizons and allowing the flow of this century to drive you forward with your family genealogy. …

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