I usually visit the USgenweg Census Project for Chester County and in the upper right hand corner is the countygenweb site I click on. The Quaker info is on the left side of the page down between the Swedish and African-American research. I also just type in quaker on my search block and browse through the different websites that gives me. The URL is chester.pa.roots.com as clcse as I can tell.
I have two 3" huge loose leaf binders full of hard copies of all my documents. Starting a second box of papers that I do not want to exhibit in the loose leaf binders, but want to keep. That is how I obtain my information to ask questions. I went through all the census I could get my fingers on in the computer and then start side tracking on various other websites. I am no expert on the computer but I can handle myself on it. MY binders are arranged by family and then other pertinent information.
One of my starters was D. Bradford Damon of which I was a cousin of and did not know it. Now he is gone and I am still searching the names. From what I have seen of the price of his books on the Damon family out of Scituate, Mass, I surely can not afford them.
Another site I spent a lot of time on was the familysearch.org website. Collection and deciding if this or that material was relevant to my family. I came across one snag and that was Joseph Osborne Senior. The website was very vague about him. I searched around and finally found who I thought his father was and I just had it confirmed several nights ago. On my wife's family tree I got all the way back to the Coast line of France to 1045 with that one. Familysearch.org in some cases has stars or back slashes beside a name and all you have to do is click on these stars or back slashed and it will take you through the family line in no time. Of course I did not take this for being straight and took each name and went and studied each family right down the line. With my family there have been a couple of holes that I am slowly working on to fill.
On familysearch.org you have to know their names and birthdates to get anywhere. I have gone back to Charles and Mrs Cfharles Osborne. I was not satisfied with Mrs, Charles Osborne and I got to looking in the various websites and found there to be an Elizabeth Haughton as his wife. I saw in several others that there is a Charles married to a Dorthy Osborne. I have seen Os Cresson on the Osborne Forum and he has given several marriages in that time period consideration, I have not sit down on gone over that one with a fine tooth comb yet. He goes beyond the Charles I have. It is under English origin of Phila. Peter Osborne, number 4595.
I do not just accept any fact as gospel, I check and recheck and ask questions. Gather all the information I can and then decided on something. I am a Virgo, August 26 was my birthday and Virgos never ever accept something without checking it out thoroughly. I was a quality control inspector for 28 years where I used to work and I used that as my basis for my work and we very seldom ever sent anything out that was not of top quality. We made parts for John Deere, and all the big heavy equipment companies.
I am retired now and started working on my family tree as I have more time to do it now.
I know the Quakers have meeting houses and not churches. That was a mistake I should not have made but to me any religious house is a church. I call the Moslim mosque a church. I have several websites that I just got for going into Meeting Meetings. I am planning on do that end of it very soon. To be honest with you, I always thought my family were Memmonites, but when they got to Ohio they changed to be Methodists.
Peter 1675. is supposed to be buried in Philadelphia. Would you happen to know where? You are right about Rugely, just a typo as I have it right on my papers. I am not the best typist to sit down and type. I try to proof read all my info and then push the send button, but I do miss some.
I have several brief histories on the Quakers and their problems with other religions.
I also collect information on the prehistoric Native Americans who were supposed to have ONLY crossed by the bridge over the Bering Straits. That was the only thought the scientists had in their heads. Now they are thinking that some of the prehistoric people came from Europe along the ice sheet there. I try to keep an open mind on anything I see, read, hear, etc. I do not stick to only one idea or thought. I like to range and think for myself. I get better answers that way. I have always said that prehistoric people could have come from Europe also and now the thought is this could be true.
One other quetion, please, is Goschenhoppen a Quaker Meeting House? I understand there is a new one now several miles from the old one. I went to the website and it is a very impressive meeting house.
Well thank you for making my mind work and throwing questions and info at me. I appreciate it. Earl