This is NOT Alexander Westover

This is NOT Alexander Westover

Certain dates tend to stick in the minds of most avid family historians. 1890, of course, is notorious. That year of the federal census was mostly lost to history due to a fire in 1921 that wiped out most of the records. Nearly every family has a missing piece of information tied to that census – and that causes challenges in solving family mysteries. Years of war – 1860-1865, 1914-1918, 1940-1945 – these are worldwide event windows that have profound effects on family history. For me one date in history is a very definite line in the sand: 1838. 1838Click to continue…