Bailey Williams has jumped in and done us all a great service by
putting the Counties Project up on this Web site:
Before now, people would tell me about the counties that their
ancestors could be found in, and I'd take the information and extract it
and alphabetize it and put it into state and county groupings. Then every
few months I'd send it back to the Bowles list. That's a cumbersome way to
do it, since those who didn't print out what I sent missed seeing the
information until the next go-round. And newcomers might not know about
the Counties Project if they overlooked it in the welcome message.
But now, thanks to Bailey's hard work and shining efforts, we can
all access the Counties Project any time we want to!
Newcomers, do go to the Web site and take a look. This is a good
way to find out who is in a county that you're searching or thinking of
searching. This isn't meant for those who have solidly documented their
ancestry; it's meant as a way to put people in a kind of buddy system for
researching. One of our members who has gotten into a particular county
before a newcomer has can serve as a great resource, answering questions
about what's there, or what's not there, such as a burned courthouse.
Sometimes members have found real cousins on our list by
discovering another list member who's noodling around in a county in common.
So go take a look at the new and public Counties Project. Bailey
deserves much praise for volunteering to do this. And then feel free to
contact any of the people you see listed among those counties---and come
back to the list to tell us who you've found!