ou just never know what you will find online. Some time ago I was Googling one of my surnames—Bowles—and discovered by accident the website Ancestor Hunt (www.ancestorhunt.com). Here I found on the Warren/Wooster Family Bible page (http://www.ancestorhunt.com/warren-wooster-genealogy-bible.htm) several entries for Bowles, Ford, Scripture and Taylor, four of my family surnames. (1) (Clarissa Wooster was the third wife of George P. Bowles, my second great grand uncle.) As an added touch, there was a transcription of the entries concerning the Bowles’ family in the 1880 U.S. Federal Census for Westmoreland, Oneida County, New York.
On the Warren Bible Records and Genealogy Page (http://www.ancestorhunt.com/warren-wooster-bible-records.htm), I was able to see actual pages from the Warren/Wooster family bible. There was also a copy of the obituary of Mrs. Mark Scripture, my 2nd great grandmother, and two handwritten sheets of notebook paper (http://www.ancestorhunt.com/images/Family%20Record.jpg) containing birth dates, marriage information, dates of death and dates that my ancestors joined the Presbyterian Church of Vernon Center, New York. What a windfall! On this same page, I learned from a news article how Alonzo DeLand, my 1st cousin 3X removed, drowned while swimming away from a burning boat in Syracuse, New York. (2)
This is a good example of how you can find valuable information on your ancestors by looking at records of what you might think are unrelated folks-- in this case a third wife of a second great grand uncle. I have found this to be the case in surname histories in particular.
How fortunate I am to have stumbled on all this material. Be sure to check out the Family Bible Master Surname Index at Ancestor Hunt (http://www.ancestorhunt.com/family_bibles_index.htm) to see if any of your ancestors are mentioned.
Incidentally, Ancestor Hunt is loaded with links to genealogical information. I have only addressed one small portion of the website.
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(1) Warren/Wooster Family Bible page, Ancestor Hunt Free Genealogy, 2002-2012 (http://www.ancestorhunt.com/warren-wooster-genealogy-bible.htm: accessed December 13, 2012).
(2) Warren Bible Records and Genealogy Page, Ancestor Hunt Free Genealogy, 2002-2012 (http://www.ancestorhunt.com/warren-wooster-bible-records.htm: accessed December 13, 2012)