I’ve been meaning to get around to doing this for a while now and since I didn’t have any groundbreaking updates this week I decided the time was now…so here goes:
I just wanted to bring everyone up to speed about this site, its purpose, what I do and what you can do, too.
I started the blog on April 11, 2016, so a little over three years ago, as a way to gather together in one place all we know about the SPOW’s, specifically from the battles of Dunbar and Worcester. We had our Yahoo Group going since August 4, 2007, which was great, but we needed a site to gather our collective knowledge.
The website currently has 238 subscribers. We have 372 members in the Yahoo Group, but only 238 subscribers to the blog. If you go to the blog via Facebook or the Internet, you are not subscribed. Subscribers are the only ones guaranteed to receive blog posts. To subscribe one must enter their e-mail address at the website.
Under “Join 238 other subscribers” add your email address to be subscribed. 🙂
I spend about 10-15 hours a week adding to and updating our pages. I am attempting to create a page for each man listed on the George S. Stewart lists and the John and Sara passenger list. This is very time consuming but it has its benefits in that I become very familiar with the whole crew and their familial connections. In the first few generations many of the SPOW’s are living near each other and their children intermarry. I see patterns in the records and so on. I hope to have something at the site to help others discover their SPOW and to also be able to encourage them to join our efforts and share what they know about their Scottish ancestor. I also use the site as a way to find potential Y-DNA participants. 🙂
My goal right now is to have the first THREE generations of each SPOW recorded on this site.
What you can do: Search for your ancestor at the site and if you find him, please look the information over carefully and notify me of any errors or omissions. The whole site is searchable! There is a SEARCH window just below the header on the top right of the page. If you have information about your SPOW ancestor and do not see a page for him please contact me and let’s get a page started. Do contact me about adding your name as a desc./researcher, so cousins may contact you.
I do all of this as a hobby/passion but I am not a professionally trained genealogist. I currently do all of the writing and editing myself. I would LOVE to have a few other people to help with research or at the very least editing. If you ever see errors please let me know. I am also open to suggestions.
The best way to contact me is through e-mail at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Teresa (Hamilton/Pepper) Rust
A direct descendant of: John Hamilton, proven through DNA and paper trail.
A most likely descendant of: John Magoon (MacGown), through paper trail.
My husband and four children are direct descendants of: Duncan Stewart, through the paper trail.