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Payne, Thought you might be interested in this response.
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From: "Robin Wain" <robin(a)wain51.freeserve.co.uk>
To: "Gerald Daniel" <danielg(a)ftccmail.faytech.cc.nc.us>
Subject: Re: Stewarts
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Date: Thu, 24 Feb 2000 15:52:09 -0500
It's Sally, as I always sign the end of my messages.
records in the UK go back prior to 1650. Are records available for
Church of England (Anglican) ,Church of Scotland (Presbyterian) and the
Yes they do go back beyond that but are not always available. It depends on
whether people chose to have their children baptized, whether the
vicar/minister was good at record-keeping, whether the records have survived
etc. etc. If all of the above conditions are fulfilled then the records
*should* in theory be in the local record offices.
I have a case in my family however where it is recorded, in a family bible
in 1830, that the writer and the local minister found the relevant page,
relating to the early 1700s, to have been removed. Records of this time
are reknowned for being *difficult* to track down.
Many of the early entries, before controlled extraction, on the IGI are very
clearly figments of peoples' imaginations. People submitted their
'ancestors' in large batches for postumous baptism. In the instances that
I have seen they make absolutely no sense. Mind you the same could be said
for some of the family histories provided by some so-called professional
genealogists in the past (and no doubt currently) in an effort to please.
Sorry to sound so pessimistic but around the 1600s many people who had no
surnames of their own (especially in Scottish clans) adopted their chief's
or employer's names. There are this many more 'Fraser's, for example, now
then could possibly have descended from the actual family. Their own
histories therefore are untraceable.
Without parish records , particularly baptismal records, I don't
I'll be able to trace my Stewart and Daniel ancestors back across the
Atlantic. Problematically, my Daniel ancestor was born about 1630, left
for the Colonies and died in VA in 1679. Charles Stewart left about 1746
and immigrated to Isle of Wight VA.
Any assistance would be appreciated :>)