How To Use This Site
And Where to Start
The Welsh of Harpers Ferry is a cross-referenced collection of genealogical and historical research and evidence from which our conclusions have been made.
For convienance and ease of access, we have divided our website into three major sections to allow you to more easily find what you are looking for. A short discussion of the holdings of each of these sections is listed below.
The heart of our collection, our stories section details the results of our research.
We aren't into traditional genealogical reports which merely list names and dates (but, we do have those too, if you need them). We prefer to bring our ancestors to life through detailed accounts of their actual lives, writing about events as they most likely saw them.
This is real, raw history -- they history you can't learn out of a textbook. To accomplish this, we study our ancestors and their locations from all angles -- from social history, big and small events and happenings, to more traditional records -- it's all here.
Our people section houses genealogical profiles, timelines, and other various information on the Welsh family of Harpers Ferry and other related lines.
Unrelated people who are important to our research are often profiled as well -- such as employers, family friends, persons of unknown relationship, and people who made significant contributions to the area in which our ancestors lived.
Our people profiles are designed to give you a quick overview and an easy access point for learning about a particular person.
Our evidence section is home to all of the records, family files, interviews, newspaper clippings, heirlooms, and other pieces of information from which we draw our conclusions.
Furthermore, whenever we transcribe or digitize records, we place them here -- regardless of whether or not they are of relation to our family or our research.
If your family is from the areas in which our ancestor's lived, this section may be worth a check, regardless of your relationship to the families discussed within these pages.
Frequently Asked Questions
Currently, the best way to determine if you are related is either by contacting us or searching through our evidence section for common names. We have a feature currently in the works to make this process easier.
NOT YET AVAILABLE: We have created a "tree by surname" tool on our Are We Related? page. The tool allows you to select a surname that you believe you may be related through and view the corresponding family tree. This feature also allows you to view unrelated lines which we have compiled for various reasons. Unrelated lines are noted in the tool, with reasoning for compilation.
The best way to see what locations are discussed is to visit our locations index. Notice that the index can either be sorted alphabetically or by states and counties by a click of the button in the upper right hand corner.
This index compiles content from all three sections of the website, including stories, people and evidence.
Hi there! We'd love to chat with you. Head on over to our contact page and let us know. We are more than happy to compare notes, collaborate, and share with you what we know!
We also run a Facebook Group for descendants and area researchers to connect with The Welsh family of Harpers Ferry and related lines.
For a listing of surnames that are discussed on the website, you can take a look at our surname index. This listing lists all of the surnames of the people section of our website. To see a listing of surnames that we have evidence for, visit our evidence section and click on "surnames" beside "Filter By:".
Currently, we are very actively researching the Welsh/Walsh and Flanagan surnames, although we are, of course, still very interested in other connecting surnames.
Visit our Research Page
Our research page is our landing page for all of the resources on The Welsh of Harpers Ferry. This page is divided into two sections: General Resources, and Family Resources.
- General Resources
- are any resources applicable to historical and genealogical research, not specific to any family.
- Family Resources
- are any resources specific to the Welsh family of Harpers Ferry and connected families.
An easy-access search is always available by clicking the search icon in the navigation menu to the left.
Advanced search allows you to more easily narrow in on what you are looking for. The form allows you to narrow your search by content type, names and surnames, and more.