Naturally, you are going to look at the appropriate full legal documents, especially if there are books that index them, such as wills, loose estate papers, deeds, court minutes and marriage records. The list seems unending, hence the need to keep a tight hold on the names and how they fit into the picture. Keeping your own goal in mind is very important. In my research centered around Charlotte, N.C., I was surprised to find my ancestor, William P. Christenbury (1797-1868), as a member in 1838 of Ramah Presbyterian Church, via a published church history, and that he had two children baptized there in 1840. Using the church history publication in conjunction with the analysis of his neighbors in the 1850 census, I found he was living amongst many members of Ramah. This is helping, but not solving, the question of the maiden name of his first wife, Fanny, my ancestor. Unfortunately, the surviving church records start with the 1838 membership list, so the mystery continues.
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