Neal's Genealogy Page

Synopsis

Surnames: Shuck, Kitson, Smith, Farrell, Patton, Park(e/s), Ingram, Hudson, Menefee, Lewis, Lynn and Crow; Underwood, Mattison/Mattson, Stiles, Shaw, Bennett, Farr, Goodale/Goodell, Hopkins, Card, Cummings, Beauchamp, Kilham, King/King alias Rice, Rice and Cushing.

Introduction and Organization

Thanks for visiting my genealogy home page. This page summarizes and provides further information about the family lines from which I am descended and have researched or am actively researching. The most extensive information available here is for the Shuck/Shook surname, much of which has not been researched or published anywhere else. So far, the Shuck/Shook section has a recap of over 30 known immigrant ancestors, transcriptions of selected data, bibliography, all known information about immigrant Andrew Shuck (ca.1733-1803) of Kentucky (my ancestor) including background information with a searchable database of descendants and a searchable database of descendants of immigrant John (Martin) Shuck (1723was1730-1804) also of Kentucky. Information about my other lines varies in detail and in content. I have emphasized providing links where more extensive information is available on the web.

This site also includes previously unpublished information about families and descendants of the Flisberget Farm, Elverum Parish, Hedmark County, Norway. Descendants who immigrated to the USA went by the surname Mattison/Mattson after arrival in August of 1867. Two brothers and their families departed Christiana (now Oslo) Norway on June 6, 1867 on the Bark Erna and arrived at Quebec on July 25: Mattis Mattison (1836-1884) and Gunder Mattisen (1840-1870/1873), both sons of Mattis Olsen (Olsson) (1795-1867). Mattis died in 1884 at Hixton, Jackson County, Wisconsin and Gunder apparently died 1870/1874 at Trempealeau County, Wisconsin. Descendants went to LaMoure and Dickey Counties in North Dakota, some then to Washington State.

These pages are a work in progress and far from complete. For now, it is more in the nature of an open workbook. Consequently, the presentation may be unpolished and cryptic, and they are continually being added to, updated, revised and reorganized. Also, like any any other discipline, genealogy uses its share of unique terminology, TLA's (that's Three-Letter-Acronyms) and shorthand phrases that will be unfamiliar and potentially confusing to beginners. I am abundantly guilty of making ample use of them on this website. I have prepared a short list of the most common ones that I use frequently and are generally widely used in the family history community. Also, some that I use for frequently-cited sources. See Genealogy Definitions and Acronyms

The following distinction of my ancestral surnames as "south" and "north" coincides with the maternal/paternal side of the family as well as my approach towards research. Generally, the "northern" lines are first found in New England in the 1700's or earlier, have been the subject of research for many years, have extensive published genealogies that are widely available and have been traced back many generations. Most originally settled in Massachusetts and were in New England in the early years of our country's history. Most of the work I have done in these families has been in locating research already done by others and in determining links. Databases from some of these lines are now available on the web (links provided where known) or are in the process of being prepared. In some areas, I have performed original work to tie and prove an individual into a documented family line or determine ancestral lines. This is still still in progress, so I have not completed final narratives with documentation. These lines include Shaw of Palmer, Massachusetts; Farr of Boylston/Shrewsbury, Massachusetts and Chesterfield, New Hampshire; and Mattison/Mattson of Flisberget Farm, Elverum Parish, Hedmark County, Norway. There are still a number of New England ancestors about whom I have been unable to find any further information.

Many of the "southern" lines (which actually includes border states) have only relatively recently been the subject of much research and documentation. Consequently, much of the information has been very thinly published, not published or was not known by living descendants. Generally, these early ancestors were first found in Virginia in the early 1700's, migrated to Kentucky after the end of the Revolutionary War ca 1780 and their descendants moved onto Indiana and Missouri 1810-1830.

Surnames are listed in approximate order of distance of relationship to me with a brief description of my connection and the earliest known ancestor. Those in blue highlight have more information available. For others, I have included or plan to include major sources of information on the family. I do not have a database of the Northern lines online, but plan to do so.

Note: I have begun to obfuscate individual email addresses that appear in this website. I have replaced the "at" sign @ with the character string ' [at] '. This is the result of the insidious situation with SPAM that has become a major problem in the internet today. Spammers use automated robots, similar to those used by reputable search engines, to scan websites and harvest email addresses. If you wish to contact an individual with an altered address, simply replace the ' [at] ' character string with the usual @ symbol with no spaces.

Surnames - South

My primary surnames from the "South" - Missouri, Kentucky, West Virginia and Virginia - are Shuck, Kitson, Smith, Farrell, Park(e/s), Ingram, Hudson, Menefee, Lewis, Lynn and Crow.

Surnames - North

My primary surnames from the Northern states - Massachusetts, New York, Vermont, Wisconsin and Minnesota - are Underwood, Mattison/Mattson, Stiles, Shaw, Bennett, Farr, Goodale/Goodell, Hopkins, Card, Cummings, Beauchamp, Kilham, King/King alias Rice and Cushing. My primary surname from New Jersey and Pennsylvania is Stiles. New York, Pennsylvania and/or New Jersey may have been a stopping point for the Shuck's who went south.

Why Genealogy?

[Genealogy] is history in microcosm. Each of us has our own way of describing what genealogy means to us. Mine would be this:

Genealogy is about understanding ourselves and the influences that have made us who we are. It's about understanding the men and women whose genes we carry and whose customs we cherish or purposefully reject. It's about understanding the world we live in, and how the actions of past men and women shaped the issues we deal with today. It's about understanding how the problems of those past societies shaped our forebears and how the individual choices they made affected their families and ultimately us.

- Elizabeth Shown Mills, CG, CGL, FASG; 25 June 2010

Warning!!!

In order to make as much information available as quickly as possible, I have listed information and all references I could find for these families, both hardcopy and on the internet, and have incorporated that information in online databases, both current and future. The information in the surname sections will vary greatly in detail: from brief summaries to extensive description and details of research from myself and others. In the best case, the work of others is extensive and well-cited, and all that is required is a a brief summary and bibliography. Unfortunately in many cases, the discussion will center around problems with the state of the research and determining lineage.

The information comes from a variety of sources, including family history books of varying eras, extent, content and depth; the LDS FamilySearch website including Ancestral File (AF), International Genealogical Index (IGI) and Pedigree Resource File (PRF); Ancestry.com including Ancestry World Trees (AWT); Rootsweb; assorted stuff from the internet; various genealogical-related publications; original, primary records; and miscellaneous incomplete, uncited scraps and bits of information. Most of the information, particularly for the "northern" lines, has not been further researched or verified by me. (Certain information about the descendants of Andrew Shuck of Kentucky and Mattison/Mattson are exceptions.) However, on its surface, the information I post does appear to be accurate, seems to make sense and fits. Where there was doubt, I chose to err on the side of inclusion, expecing that the additive process may clarify uncertainties. In the future, I will attempt to clarify those areas where I have done original research or verification as well as to highlight areas where these sources differ, are known to be wrong or are uncertain. One should not assume absolute accuracy of information from any of these sources. This applies both for those from the internet, where I have found significantly conflicting information and very obvious errors, as well as to printed sources, including some "classic" family history books. But collecting all the information in one place does aid in analysis and evaluation. Where obvious errors or conflicts were present, I have attempted to correct them or otherwise noted the discrepancies. Some of the internet sources, such as those that merely copy family data from other sources, propogate incorrect information, while a few (unfortunately very few) provide current, comprehensive and insightful analysis of known research surrounding claims of lineage. Generally, those sites sponsored by organized family associations provide the highest level of reliability, where their information is subject to rigorous peer scrutiny. Consequently, I am certain there are errors in these pages, some of which have been undoubtedly introduced by this author. I sincerely appreciate having them pointed out.

In genealogical writing, some specific words are used to indicate levels of confidence: certainly, apparently/apparent, presumed, likely, probably/probable, possibly/possible, etc. I have not seen a numerical score attached to those, although that might exist somewhere. I frequently use the word "reported" or "reportedly" to indicate some claim of fact that is unsupported hearsay. It may or may not be correct, but at least it appears reasonable on the surface and is worth considering as at least a viable clue pending further research.

Surname Frequency

To get an idea of how common my primary surnames are, I obtained population counts for some of them from the 1930 census as indexed at Ancestry.com This represents all persons (not just heads of households) and shows counts for exact spelling only. There are likely other persons with slight variations in spelling or transcription errors.

Surnames - Common Sources

Genforum

Most of the surnames listed have a message board at GenForum so I will not list this source for each surname. Click on the link and enter the name in the "Forum Finder" box or search the alphabetic list. Many similar surnames have separate forums, so check each spelling. For example, there are separate Genforum boards for Shuck, Schuck and Shook and Park, Parke and Parks.

Many surnames and most counties also have RootsWeb discussion lists which now have searchable archives. Many surnames are also represented by researcher listings on the Roots Surname List (RSL). See Best Overall Internet Genealogy Sites section for more information and links.

Ancestry.com Boards

Ancestry.com (Myfamily.com / FamilyHistory.com) has begun family surname message boards similar (in competition with?) Genforum. To find names: Ancestry Message Boards Click on and follow the "Surnames" alpha links.

Rootsweb Surname Discussion Lists

As of about August 2006, Rootsweb is making some technical changes to the syntax of the list names. The following is the "old" way; haven't had time to figure out the "new." Rootsweb sponsors surname discussion lists delivered via e-mail where individuals post queries and information about their lines. There are lists for just about every surname (including most of the above) and they are delivered in one of two "mode" options. I prefer the "Digest" mode where messages are collected and periodically sent as a group. To subscribe, send an email message to the list with the word "subscribe" as the only word in the body of the message text. The "To" in the address field follows the form:

I am currently subscribed to SHUCK, SHOOK, INGRAM, FARRELL and FARR. These surname lists occasionally include typical minor variations. (Farrell and Farr are not connected.)

There are also lists for just about every genealogical purpose one could imagine, including counties. I am also subscribed to Lincoln Co. MO, ("MOLINCOL"), Pike Co. MO ("MOPIKE"), Henry Co. KY ("KYHENRY") and Shelby Co. KY ("KYSHELBY"). Use the list name (MOLINCOL) the same as the surname above to subscribe.

For more and up-to-date information including a display of currently active lists see: Rootsweb Surname Discussion Mailing List Info.

The Rootweb mailing lists are archived and may be searched. See: Rootsweb Mailing List Searches

Enter the name of the list and just follow the directions.

The Road Ahead

Just a quick pause to consider the research task ahead. The number of ancestors you theoretically have can be calculated using simple formulae where Self is generation 1, parents 2, grandparents 3, etc.:

Number of ancestors at each generation: 2**(n-1)
Cumulative number of ancestors at each generation: (2**n)-2

For example:

Average generation is about 30 years. Note that the Number of Ancestors / At Each Gen also represents the number of unique surnames and ancestral lines to research (not considering intermarriages among or between families which were not uncommon in early times). As a practical matter, records prior to 1500 are slim at best, so the 15-generation level is probably the best, with a few exceptions, that most researchers will reach, partially. Further, research may uncover the name of a male ancestor and his wife's given name, but her surname and parents may not be discoverable, thereby substantially reducing the total numbers of ancestors.

Note about website links

Links to various websites were valid as of the day I added them, but the web is a notoriously dynamic place and sites are moved and removed for various reasons. I am aware that some links are no longer working, but am not able to keep track of all of them. If you know of a REPLACEMENT link, please let me know.

Also, most links to other websites will launch a new instance of the browser. If you click on an offsite link for the second, third, etc. time, that site will display on the browser launched from your first offsite click.

Special Mention

Most of the genealogy websites and databases on the internet constitute little more than uncited, unsubstantiated collections of stuff lifted from places that are unknown or are, themselves, uncited, unsubstantiated or subsequently disproven. The internet can provide a superb opportunity for communication, but vague, unproven or outright erroneous stuff propogates with the speed of light. There are, fortunately, a few websites that provide superb analysis and documentation of genealogies. I include links to them in the respective family sections, but thought they are worthy of highlight at the beginning, as models for what genealogy on the web should be. This list is not complete, there will be a few others I forget to list now but will add later:

Family Name Index - South

Allen Blair Brown Calhoun/Colquhoun Crow Farrell Gordon Helper Hudson
Ingram Johnston Kitson Lewis Lynn McInteer Menefee Park Patton
Perry Shepherd Shuck Sinclair Smith Stewart Stringfellow Wilson

Family Name Index - North

Allen Belgrave Bennett Bray Briggs Buck Cady Card
Clapp Crane Cummings Cushing Daniels Erwin Farr Frost
Fuller Goodale Hawke Hayden Higgs Hopkins Keene Kibby
Kilham King King (desc. Rice) King Alias Rice Linton Little Marr Mattison/Mattson
Merriam Merritt Moulton Needham Parker Peabody Pitcher Pond
Potter Quinton Rice Richardson Ross Scott Shaw Stiles
Stone Strutt Swinerton Tidd Trask Tuttle Underwood Wheeler
Whitney Wilder Wyborn Wyman

Localities

In addition to these family names, from which I am descended, I have done extensive community research about Lincoln County, Missouri where my "South" lines migrated that includes numerous additional families as well as information about history, populations and, specifically, cemeteries. Also notes about The Low Dutch Colony of Shelby/Henry County, Kentucky

Some Supplemental Information

Family Pages - Southern Lines

Family Pages - Northern Lines

Family Pages - Southern Lines - Allied

More pending.

Family Pages - Northern Lines - Allied

Revolutionary War Patriots

A list of my ancestors who were Revolutionary War Patriots. Includes notes for researching Revolutionary War Patriots.

Family Association Page Links

The following is a recap of links to formal, organized surname associations.

Descent

Allied

Places Where Ancestors and Their Descendants Lived

Following are pages with detail information about specific places where ancestors, their descendants and closely allied families lived.

Historical Discussions - Places

Internet Research Sources and Data - Overview

The number of genealogy sites on the internet is exploding, so much so that it is impossible to keep track of them all. The number of sites that have appeared within the past few years is astounding. Many are superb, including the family association sites listed above.

The following is a list of just a few, select internet sites that I have found especially good and valuable for the families and geographic areas that I have researched. This list is far from comprehensive. Generally, these sites make available significant and substantial genealogical information online. Some have indexes of records that are key to genealogical research such as death records. For example, in mid-2006, the State of Missouri took a quantum leap forward by posting a 50-year index of death certificates online and initiating a year-long project to put images of those certificates online. As of about 2007 or 2008, the initial project was complete and has now gone into annual update, where those certificates now 50 years old will be added. I have also included a few hardcopy sources which I found especially helpful.

Beginners

I suppose this section is mostly directed towards beginners, although a lot of the stuff here will probably seem foreign. Experienced researchers will already be familiar with most of these sites, although this section may help as a quick reference.

There are a number of places on the internet that provide information and tutorials for beginners to learn the basics of genealogical research. I strongly recommend that really green beginners review some of these materials before attempting to navigate the internet or signing up for subscription services. There are, of course, multitudes of beginner "How To" books that have been written and your local public library will have many such titles. They're all probably about the same, so I have no particular recommendations.

Indices of Internet Genealogy Websites

The most comprehensive list of genealogy-related internet sites see Cyndi's List . This is the oldest and still most prominent of these lists and presents links geographically and topically. As of 2010, it is kept current. A newcomer is Linkpendium.com which was first announced in October of 2003 and appears to be a thorough, well-organized list of genealogy-related websites categorized by geographic location.

Research Sources and Data - Best Overall Genealogy Sites

Genealogy websites come and go. Some are good. Some are bad. Some are outright scams. This section lists a few of the best but I am not attempting to keep this list up-to-date.

Organizations and Societies - USA National

Research Sources and Data - International - Global

Research Sources and Data - International - Immigration

Research Sources and Data - International - England/Europe

Research Sources and Data - International - Norway

See Norwegian Genealogical Research

Research Sources and Data - USA

Research Sources and Data - Regional - New England

(Reminder: New England consists of the six states of Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut.)

Research Sources and Data - Regional - Mid-Atlantic

Research Sources and Data - Regional - Midwest

Research Sources and Data - Regional - Northwest

Research Sources and Data - States - Indiana

Research Sources and Data - States - Illinois

Recap

Death certificates before January 1, 1916 are only available through the county clerk. Death certificates from January 1, 1916 are available from the Illinois Department of Public Health. Microfilm of death certificates 1916-1947 at Illinois State Archives. Database index of death certificates 1916-1950 is online.

Birth certificates before January 1, 1916 are only available through the county clerk.

Marriage certificates before January 1, 1962 are only available through the county clerk.

Repositories

Detail Sources

Research Sources and Data - States - Minnesota

Research Sources and Data - States - Massachusetts

This listing is far from comprehensive for Massachusetts records online, just a few I have come across. Also, the early Massachusetts Town Vital Records have been included in the International Genealogical Index (IGI)

Research Sources and Data - States - Missouri

Research Sources and Data - States - Kentucky

Research Sources and Data - States - New York

Research Sources and Data - States - Kansas

Research Sources and Data - States - North Dakota

Research Sources and Data - States - Montana

Research Sources and Data - States - South Dakota

Research Sources and Data - States - Ohio

Research Sources and Data - States - Michigan

Research Sources and Data - States - Maine

Research Sources and Data - States - Pennsylvania

Research Sources and Data - States - Wisconsin

Research Sources and Data - States - California

Research Sources and Data - States - Washington

Research Sources and Data - States - Texas

Research Sources and Data - States - Colorado

Research Sources and Data - States - Maine

Research Sources and Data - States - Maryland

Research Sources and Data - States - Virginia

Research Sources and Data - States - West Virginia

Research Sources and Data - States - Vermont

Research Sources and Data - States - Florida

Research Sources and Data - States - Arizona

Research Sources and Data - States - Utah

Research Sources and Data - States - Wyoming

Research Sources and Data - Global Indexes

Research Sources - Best Stores

There are many enterprises selling genealogical materials and they are listed in various places on the net and continually changing. (Check Cyndi's list.) Following is an old list of those which I think are unique and especially valuable. Since I assembled that list, the landscape has changed considerably. "On-demand" printing of hard copies for these very low volume publications has become the norm. Further, some of the old, out of copyright books may now be available free online. Those include family and locality (i.e. county) histories that have been the subject of the digitization efforts. Try doing a Google search or look for them at Google Books An alternate path to downloadable PDF copies is: Google ebook store accessed by:
  • In the search box, enter a search term and then click on GO.
  • In the list, click on the item. If the list is too long, click on "Free only" under the "Price" heading (middle left of page).
  • Click on "Read on your device."
  • On the next screen, click on the desired reading platform such as "Download PDF."
  • For rare publications not otherwise found, another option is the online stores for used books. See following.

    Research - Misc. Research Tips and Techniques

    Research Sources - Other Useful Links

    Computer Genealogy - Links and Notes

    Computer Genealogy Links and Notes. Personal Ancestral File (PAF) and web genealogy programs, tools and techniques.

    Selected Genealogy Support Items

    Misc. Genealogy Notes: Printable copies of census forms, preserving your documents, cemetery laws, interviewing family members, etc.

    Genealogy Topics

    Various generalogy-related topics, discussion and writings. Click on the above link.

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