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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the main focus of this Web site?

Is there information on the HATHAWAY surname here?

Are there other surnames besides HATTAWAY, HATAWAY and HATHAWAY?

Why only the Southeast? Why mostly the 19th century?

There seems to be an awful lot of Georgia information here. Why?

I can't find my ancestor here. Please fix this!

Where did you get this information?

How accurate is this information?

Where are the GEDCOMs?

Do you do lookups? Do you do research?

Do you have any unusual resources?

I found my ancestor on your site. What do I do now?

I found a mistake on your site. Do you care?

Are you a Certified Genealogist?

 

Q. What is the main focus of this Web site?
A. The main focus are the HATTAWAY and HATAWAY surnames in the Southeastern United States between 1750 and 1900. This site is not comprehensive nor is it guaranteed to be accurate.

 

Q. Is there information on the HATHAWAY surname here?
A. A little. However, HATHAWAY is much more common than HATTAWAY or HATAWAY and it's beyond the capabilities of one person's hobby to try to include it. Web sites which focus on the HATHAWAY surname are listed in the links section, and some HATHAWAY names are included on the data pages. I recommend that people interested in the HATHAWAY surname contact the Hathaway Family Association, 2231 Riverside Avenue, Somerset, MA 02726.

 

Q. Are there other surnames besides HATTAWAY, HATAWAY and HATHAWAY?
A. To some extent, HADDAWAY, HADAWAY, HATHEWAY and so forth are included, as are surnames which were clearly misspelled attempts at HATTAWAY or HATAWAY. No special effort has been made to include these less common variants of "the Southern Hathaways" but no particular effort has been made to exclude them either.

 

Q. Why only the Southeast? Why mostly the 19th century?
A. Because that's enough for me.

 

Q. There seems to be an awful lot of Georgia information here. Why?
A. My daddy was born in Georgia. His parents were born in Georgia. Their parents and grandparents were born in Georgia, with two exceptions. Our HATTAWAY line stayed in Georgia for almost 200 years, while others migrated to Alabama, Florida, Louisiana and Texas. I tend to focus on Georgia, but I don't ignore the other HATTAWAY families because they may have the clue that will push my line farther back in time.

I don't live in Georgia. I apparently inherited the wandering gene from my mother's side.

 

Q. I can't find my ancestor here. Please fix this!
A. I'll be happy to. Simply send me the information you want included and I'll post it on the appropriate page. If what you meant was "I want you to find my ancestor for me," you're out of luck. I post what I find in my research, when I have time to do the research and when I have time to post it. This site is not comprehensive nor is it guaranteed to be accurate. If you would like to learn how to do research, my first suggestion would be to join a local genealogical society. Read articles provided on Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.org and keep at it. Have fun!

 

Q. Where did you get this information?
A. I find this information during my personal research. It comes from census data, gravestone markers, family Bibles, microfilmed original records, indexes, newspaper archives, oral history and so forth. This site is not comprehensive nor is it guaranteed to be accurate. I do not go out and collect data with the sole purpose of populating this site: I post data that I find during my research of my own family.

 

Q. How accurate is this information?
A. I believe the items I post are reasonably accurate, but everything on this site should be considered at best an unreliable source. In other words, don't use the information here and cite the site as a reliable source. This site is not comprehensive nor is it guaranteed to be accurate. What I do provide is clues on which you can follow up. The data here may help you narrow down which microfilm to order or which census to search.

 

Q. Where are the GEDCOMs?
A. What's a GEDCOM? Seriously, I don't have time to put together whole genealogies, and so there are no GEDCOMs on this site. If and when I am satisfied with my research on a particular line, I will upload my GEDCOM to popular, free family tree registries such as Rootsweb's World Connect, the LDS Church's Ancestral File or Ancestry.com's Ancestry World Tree. I do not approve of companies which take their customer's GEDCOMs and sell them. Not only is it unfair to the customers who worked on the genealogies, it is grossly unfair to the customers who buy the CD-ROMs, perhaps naively thinking that the majority of the information will be extensive on their line, informative, or even simply correct. Please note that while the LDS Church does sell CDs of submitted information, they also provide the information on their web site, Family Search.

 

Q. Do you do lookups? Do you do research?
A. Not really. I will do limited lookups out of books I own, or out of the Georgia Death Index. These will be done as I have time, a rare commodity. If I'm swamped, I'll tell you I don't have time. I can tell you up front that I don't have time to look up "John Smith who died in Georgia sometime in the 20th century" or "Richard Brown's family in the 1910 Washington County census." For Georgia Death Index lookups, the most helpful piece of information you provide have is the year of death.

Furthermore, I will only do lookups within the bounds of Fair Use. I will not copy whole pages out of books and send them to you. If I see that there is a lot of information in a book that will be of interest to you, I will encourage you to buy the book in question and help you find it if possible. If there is no information that looks useful, I'll tell you that too, although if you're interested in the subject you should buy the book anyway. Very few of my ancestors are mentioned in Cotton to Kaolin but this county history has been invaluable in setting the scene in which my ancestors lived. If you're interested in Washington County, Georgia, I wholeheartedly recommend this book. Ordering information is available on the Washington County Georgia GenWeb page.

I do not do research for other people nor do I do lookups at the library or NARA for other people. I simply don't have the time.

 

Q. Do you have any unusual resources?
A. You can look at a list of books I own. I also have access to the wonderful California State Library (Sutro) and the regional branch of the National Records and Archives Administration. Finally, I purchased the Georgia Death Index, 1919-1998 and the reprint of the locally preserved copy of the 1890 Census of Washington County, Georgia.

 

Q. I found my ancestor on your site. What do I do now?
A. If you don't know how to do research, join a local genealogical society, read articles provided on Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.org and keep at it. If you know the basics, use the information here to narrow your search down as far as location and time period, then find your sources. The LDS Church has established Family History Centers (FHCs) all over where you can research and rent microfilms for a small fee (about $4). The volunteers at the FHCs are usually very glad to help you get started. You can also search for the resources available through the FHCs FamilySearch Web site. It's often a good idea to use this site to make a list of microfilms in which you are interested before you go to the FHC, but if you're totally confused, just go and ask for help. There are also large genealogical-focus libraries in various parts of the United States.

You might want to also sign in on the Guest Book page and let the rest of us know who you are and for whom you're searching.

 

Q. I found a mistake on your site. Do you care?
A. Sure. Drop me a line and let me know. It's most helpful if you include the page URL or a description of the page with the error.

 

Q. Are you a Certified Genealogist?
A. No. I am a hobbyist who knows HTML, owns a copy of FrontPage, and can type pretty fast.

 

 

For questions or comments, please send mail to Nancy Hattaway Miller, hattaway@aol.com.
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