I am looking for some way to find out who are the parents of William Green Whitaker, born in the 1850's. Also his wife Clarissa (Clara) Dean. b. about 1853? I can not find any history to prove where either of them originated. It seems that most of my family history can be traced to Geneva County Alabama and Holmes County Florida, specifically Defuniak Springs. I was told by more than one family member that our family started the Geneva County area. I was also told that one reason I may be hitting brick walls is there was a story about one family losing their home to a reservoir that was built and the family homesite would now be under water. Not sure, as the source has had strokes and memories aren't reliable anymore. If anyone has suggestions as to how to research this, I am open to suggestions. If my suspicions are correct, I have background all the way to William the Conqueror, but the missing link lies in William. I also have family names of Gay, Davis, Hand, Smith, Edwards, and most were large families. I have photos of the Whitakers and other families too. Is there a historic register somewhere of Obituaries that may mention family lines that I may access? Any help would be GREATLY appreciated!!!