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I am just getting started at researching. I have found some family records (which don't always agree) and have recorded what I have found to be true. It takes a huge amount of time to do this thing right, but is very interesting. I have found trails that lead nowhere and then with just one scrap of info it will tie-in with someone I have on my list. I am looking for info on my Great-grandfather, Chris (not sure of the spelling)Minger who came from Switzerland with 2 other brothers. I don't know their names. Chris settled in Sullivan County, Indiana and had several children, one of which was my Grandfather, Thomas Harrison Minger who married Estella McCammon. I am not sure when Chris came to this country. I do know he came through Ellis Island about 1850 and married Mary Richey. I have relatives to question and get responses from yet. Some leads are very dead ends which are disappointing but another lead may tie several of the names I have together.
I am just making records of everyone I am finding. I will need to sort out some of the weeds when I figure which are weeds and which are flowers.
I am also tracing the Dilley family from Sullivan County, Indiana. My Grandfather, E. Homer Dilley was born 1889 in Sull. Co., In, In Fairbanks. His father was E. Homer Dilley who married Sarah Rose Denney. His father, my great-great-grandfather was Jonathan Dilley who married Adeline Henry. I found the Dilley family bible and got a lot of info from it but nothing about these people. They have to be related or my Grandmother wouldn't have had the Bible.
I am willing to share any info about the Gaskins and Hardings from Sullivan County and the Wilfons from Vigo County.
One of the problems I am finding is the spelling of the names is not the same everywhere, so sometimes it may the person I am looking for but the name is a nickname or just spelled wrong. I have even found cemetary records do not correspond with info actually on the tombstone which is confusing.
Another problem I have run across is that people were not very creative with naming their children. The same names (with no middle initial or name) appear in each generation. Sometimes I have found it was a nickname and no one knew their real name.
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