I’d love to hear from others working on any of the lines I’m working on!
Surnames I’m working on include:
Alburtis / Albertis / Burtis
Bergdorf / Bergduff
Carpenter / Zimmerman
Clemens / Clemans / Clemmons
Dailey / Daley
Deardorf / Dierdorf
Gorsline / Gosselin / Gosline / Goslin / Gorseline
Keefer / Kiefer
Pettit / Petit
Sherow / Shero / Sherrow / Sharow / Sharo / Sherer
Smith (Union, PA>Fulton, IN)
Van Lue / Van Loo / VanLue / VanLew
A word on surname spelling: Before spelling was standardized, particularly before widespread literacy, surnames were often seen spelled many different ways in documents created during our ancestors’ lifetimes. In the citations, I spell the names as they appeared in the document(s) referenced, but in the blog post text, I use the standardized spelling for surnames.
I’m currently working on a special project focused on the Gorsline / Gosline family, particularly its history prior to 1820. An oft published genealogy on this family prepared in 1942 makes some connections from my line to a group of Gorsline / Gosline families in Newtown, Long Island, NY and Dutchess, Ulster and Albany counties in NY. However, it doesn’t cite any sources. I’m working not to prove this genealogy, but to uncover the truth and to connect my Gorsline’s to their correct ancestors.