Barry's Relatively Speaking: German-Swiss "Jones"

Posted on Sep 19, 2012

Barry's Relatively Speaking shares the personal experiences and stories of genealogists found in the Everton Genealogical Helper Magazine collection on Marilyn shares the following experience.

After looking through the entire 1860 census of Clinton County and finding no sign of my Tschannen

ancestors, I tried a new approach--! looked for a birthplace in Switzerland and then looked at given names of those born there. Eventually, I found them: John, 32; Anna, 30; Mary, 9; Louis, 22; and the three younger children of John born in Illinois. Adding to the circumstantial evidence that these were my people was the name of a neighbor, with his wife and children matching those found in Clinton County in the 1870 census.

A tedious process, justified by misspellings and desperation. The surname given to my good German-Swiss ancestors in 1860? Very simple-Jones!

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